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What a terrific day of test cricket. After two days in which the Saffas crawled along, the test finally came to life with wickets and runs in a hurry.

It is difficult to imagine an England team without Graeme Swann right now, his performances this year have been truly heartening, but what is more, the manner in which he performs is a joy. He bowls, he bats and he fields, he gives good interviews, has a sense of humour, and has way more personality than the current Sports Personality of the Year.

After the batsman dug England into a hole, Swann took the attack back to the South African’s today with a sparkling knock, and even inspired Jimmy Anderson to stick around and play some great shots. Putting on more than a hundred for the ninth wicket dragged England back into the match, and grabbed the initiative.

Big day tomorrow, but if England can skittle them for under 200, its game on.


Those clever folk at Philosphy Football (strange name for a cricket T-shirt provider, Ed.) have been inundated with cricket quotes, and have been kind enough to share the wisdom with The Village Cricketer. You can buy the T-shirts here, you can read the philosophy below…

What do they know of cricket who only cricket know” CLR James

Cricket is the greatest thing that god created on earth, certainly greater than sex, although sex isn’t too bad either” Harold Pinter

Say that cricket has nothing to do with politics and you say that cricket has nothing to do with life” John Arlott

If the French noblesse had been capable of playing cricket with their peasants, their chateaux would never have been burnt” GM Trevelyan

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Sexy cricket

Watching the highlights of England’s win over the Kiwis. Blimey, Vettori is a good player. How many speccies are there in the international game? Not many I’d reckon. At least he isn’t ginger, mind you, fine allround performance from Captain Ginger has done us proud.

Oh, and I managed to stumble across these bad boys on the internet. Stick Bats is selling some cricket bats with personality. Love the stickers!