May 2009


Couple of phenomenal performances from The England have won us a series against the Windies. Really chuffed with how the boys have performed, and the English batsman really did the business today. Who misses KP?

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The Ashes are as good as ours! Well, they would be if it came down to all-rounders alone. Flintoff, Bopara, Swann and Broad are all better all-rounders that Shane Watson, who has been selected ahead of Andrew Symonds (he of “behavioural issues”) for the Ashes.

Here is the full story about the Canary Yellow tourists.

Here is the Canary squad. Please be aware than Andrew McDonald is very, very ginger.

Squad Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Graham Manou, Andrew McDonald, Marcus North, Peter Siddle, Shane Watson.

Perhaps the most obvious pun going around today – and one that I am sure I’m not alone in using. Graham Onions has just taken 5-38 as the West Indies were skittled for 152. Andrew Strauss has enforced the follow on, and – with an hour left today – the very real prospect that play won’t last until Saturday, which is when I’d considered going along to Lords.

The West Indies batsmen have not prospered for a number of years in early English summer conditions, but Strauss and Flower picked a man in form and knew their Onions had the right stuff to make the oppos eyes water. Good to see.

All this followed some most unusual play in which Graham Swann opened the bowling – a unusually innovative (read horrifically village) move – which got Beefy hopping about.

Marvellous stuff.

What a great start for the Ravster at number 3. Good ton and he’s back again tomorrow. Andy Flower’s most controversial pick in his first test in the hot seat has come good, and The Village Cricketer hopes that Rav3 continues his tremendous work tomorrow, this summer and for many years to come.

Is anyone else bored by Steve Harmison’s TV interviews. He never gets interviewed about doing well anymore, he gets interviewed about how desperate he is to play for England and how life is tough when you aren’t in the side and how disappointed he is not to get a run in the side. He reminds me of Princess Di when she did that interview with Martin Bashir.

He keeps getting praised by the Sky commentators for being very open and honest – I’d rather he talked about bowling good areas, or preferably not at all.