Separated at birth


Has anyone else ever noticed the resemblance between Brad Haddin, the wicket-keeper/batsman who spent years as Adam Gilchrist’s under-study, piling on the runs and dismissals in both Australian state cricket, and also for Australia’s A side, and Colonel Decker, the fictional military policeman who spent years chasing Hannibal Smith’s A-Team in the cult US TV series?

Just check out the nose.

Brad Haddin - spent years as Australia A-team keeper

Brad Haddin - spent years as Australia A-team keeper

Colonel Decker - spent years chasing the A-team

Colonel Decker - spent years chasing the A-team

The resemblance is uncanny. Brett Lee, Aussie paceman and part-time crooner, looks a hell of a lot like American actor and director Barry Tubb. Who is Barry Tubb you say? Well, he’s best known by his call sign ‘Wolfman’ in 1980’s classic film Top Gun.

Firey paceman Brett Lee

Firey paceman Brett Lee

Flying Wolfman

Flying Wolfman

Wolfman first appears in the film in the bar scene, with Tom Cruise’s character attempts to seduce Kelly McGillis singing You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling. See if you can spot him here.

Interesting one this, although probably not as interesting as a Tiger Woods sex tape. You might not quite be able to see it from the pictures… although then again… you might just. Recently sitings on TV suggests that Yuvraj needs to cut down on his pork life and get some exercise. Separated at birth presents Yuvraj Singh, and, a potato. One of world’s most annoying cricketers, and a vegetable. Go figure.

King Edward: Tasty

King Edward: Tasty

King Yuvraj: Annoying

King Yuvraj: Annoying

The Village Cricketer is a big fan of gingers, not as much of a fan as TVC English All Star Wrencharoo, or The Wisden Cricketer journalist, TVC English All Star and ginger batting sensation Ed Craig, but still a big fan.

So, being a fan of ‘le ginge’, TVC was most excited to see Aussie sub (he’s a sub, but not a supersub like Gary Pratt or Bilal Shafayet) Andrew McDonald take the field yesterday. I’m not harsh enough to compare him (as Bob Willis did) to Ronald McDonald, however there is a compelling Andrew McDonald doppleganger we can reference in these hallowed e-pages.

Yes, ginger Aussie Andrew McDonald looks a bit like ginger actor Jason Flemyng, who played Tom in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Brad in Spiceworld: The Movie.

Andrew McDonald, ginger Aussie

Andrew McDonald, ginger Aussie

Jason Flemyng, ginger Actor

Jason Flemyng, ginger Actor

Very timely look-a-likey here. Both tall, blonde and feminine.

On one hand we have Apprentice star, Apprentice finalist and possible Apprentice winner Kate Walsh. The Apprentice final is tonight and tasty Kate will be up against Yasmina Siadatan to hear Sir Alan Sugar say “you’re hired.”

On the other hand we have Stuart Broad. Effective executor of the innovative and effective round-the-wicket-at-the-death ploy, although not quite so effective at the hitting-the-stumps-with-the-ball-when-attempting-a-run-out ploy. Young Stuart will be competing today to keep England in the T20 Cricket World Cup in a must win match against Pakistan.

Stuart Broad, good at handling cricket balls

Stuart Broad, tall leggy blonde

Kate Walsh, good at doing business

Kate Walsh, good at doing business

The pictures I could find don’t do the likeness justice, but when I was watching the Canary Yellows v Saffas highlights on Sky last night, I was struck by the how much Nathan Hauritz looks like Phil Tufnell.

Hauritz is right armed, Tuffers left; Hauritz knows which end of a bat to hold, Tuffers doesn’t; Hauritz is Australian, Tuffers is English. But they do look alike. Watching Hauritz bowl is like watching Tuffers in the mirror.

Oh, and Tuffers was the King of the Jungle, putting in outstanding performances in the Australian bush. Hauritz has taken over from Warne, who was never shy of chasing a bit of Australian ahem.

Phil Tufnell - English left arm spinner and jungle king

Phil Tufnell - English left arm spinner and jungle king

Nathan Hauritz - Australian spinner, not as good as Warne

Nathan Hauritz - Australian spinner, not as good as Warne

Star Wars and star batsman. The Village Cricketer has noticed similarities in the apperance of Mahela Jayawardene, fine batting technician, captain and native of Sri Lanka, and Nien Nunb, small, jowled, mouse-eyed native of Sullust, who served as co-pilot to Lando Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon during the attack on the Death Star in Return of the Jedi.

Nien Nunb, co-pilot to Lando Calrissian, and star of Return of the Jedi

Nien Nunb, co-pilot to Lando Calrissian, and star of Return of the Jedi

Jayawardene, captain of Sri Lanka and batting superstar

Jayawardene, captain of Sri Lanka and batting superstar

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