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Archive for October, 2010

In the news – 39-year-old Essex man Grant Flower returns to a Zimbabwe for the first time in 5 years.  Misbah-Ul-Haq, 36, goes from not even being in the Pakistan squad to captaining them.  The first is a heart-warming tale which illustrates just how far Zimbabwe have come over the past 18 months in particular.  The second shows just how far Pakistan have gone the other way in that time, but there is one clear message – after all the talk of cricket becoming a young mans game thanks to T20, good old-fashioned experience is back.

Unfortunately, nobody told Kevin Pietersen.  “It is time to start giving back and to realise that there are a lot of young players that do look up to senior players” said KP.  “I am 30 years old now. I have probably got to the top of the fence and am on the way down now. It is nice if you can help somebody else.”

He may want to have a word about that with super-freak Sachin Tendulkar about that, who appears to be getting younger again Benjamin Button style.

And who is his batting mentor, the man who has filled his head with this rubbish?  Graham Gooch of course, who was so rubbish after he passed 30 that he scratched around for 6360 runs at 46 and only made 16 hundreds.  interestingly, Pietersen currently has……16 Test tons.

Get your head down son.

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I’m not usually one for Aussie bashing.  But it is an inescapable fact that of late they do seem to be picking a lot of players who have faces which invite a good whack.

So, the poser is simple.  It’s half 11, and you have just come out of the pub.  A brawl breaks out between the Aussie team and some late night revellers.  You can get in and get one quick slap away without being caught – which Antipodean do you make a beeline for?

And the winner is….Shane Watson!

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