Summer Days, Drifting Away

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Old Trafford In The Sun

It’s been a while since I blogged about the cricket, or in fact, any sport at all.  However, the weather is getting positively summery and the football is over, so there’s nothing better than to sit back and while away the hours with a bit of test match cricket.  Unfortunately, the quality on offer leaves something to be desired as the West Indian tourists have arrived in Blighty with one of the poorest looking outfits I can recall.  Brian Lara’s controversial decision to quit the international game leaves Chanderpaul as the only quality (and on-form) batsmen in the team.  Chris Gayle, whose form with the bat is looking pretty tired despite being capable of greatness, is the only other name we would remember in 10 years time.  Interestingly, Gayle also provides the only variation in the Windies’ attack, as his non-threatening off-spin contrasts with the medium/fast, one-dimensional bowling offered by the rest.

The problem with England’s attack is also worthy of mention.  Sidebottom’s surprise recall has paid big dividends and Panesar continues to impress but Plunkett and, especially, Harmison are bordering on the comic with their wayward spraying of the ball in all directions.  I think the pair of them now need time back in the counties to get some overs under their belts in the somewhat more restrained confines of Durham.  This will give an opportunity to some of the previously overlooked players to have a chance on the big stage.  At the top of the order, poor old Strauss can hardly buy a run at the moment (33, 24, 15, 6 and 0 is quite a woeful trend by anyone’s standard) but the rest of them have all scored hundreds and are feasting on the buffet bowling.  Anyway, the third test will be all over by tomorrow evening and the series secured for England… at least, barring one of those remakable turnarounds that happen from time to time that makes the game so watchable.

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