Saturday, 9 May 2009

God people complain

If people haven't got something to complain about then they will make something out of nothing as we can see, with the ECB having to defend why they scheduled, the first test of the England-West Indies series on a Wednesday. The victory inside three days against West Indies meant 20,000 people had to have tickets refunded. SO, people seem to be blaming the reason that it started on a Wednesday to why it finished inside three days instead if thinking that it was because England just played miles better then West Indies, it doesn't seem to have occurred to anybody that might be the reason. Instead of congratulating the England team, they seem to be blaming the ECB. They can't win, they blame them if they lose because of selection policies and if they win they blame them because of the days they start the matches on.

Monday, 15 December 2008

We dedicate this one to McGrath

Pretty in pink Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds used pink grips on Boxing Day in 2006; Adam Gilchrist wore pink wicketkeeping gloves at the MCG in 2007; but the efforts to raise awareness and funds for the McGrath Foundation will be far more widespread during the third Test against South Africa at the SCG in 2009. The stumps, parts of the outfield, and players' shirts will carry the foundation's pink logo and Glenn McGrath has also urged fans to wear pink at the SCG. The third day, usually known as ladies day, has been renamed Jane McGrath day, after the former Australian fast bowler's late wife. "I thank the SCG Trust for naming the Ladies Day after Jane and who would have thought they would name something here after her and not me!" McGrath said. "It will be amazing to walk out there and see everything is pink and I am not sure how I will feel on that first day of play. Jane would have been so proud." He may not be causing whitewashes anymore but, true to form, McGrath predicted Australia to beat South Africa 3-0,
Below is littered of Jane and the Funeral


Saturday, 13 December 2008

He's a bit soft

Kallis is a bit of a bully when it comes to minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but goes missing against the Australians." Those were the words of Rodney Hogg, former Australia fast bowler, as part of some typically Aussie pre-match talk ahead of the upcoming series against South Africa. Kallis record is 124.50 against the minnows. He has a average of 38.32 agaisnt Australia in 18 matches well below his overall average of 55.06. In his early days, before 2000, Kallis managed just 256 runs from 11 innings against Australia at 23.27; since the turn of the century, in 24 innings against them, his average has doubled to 46.60. Admittedly these aren't outstanding numbers, but that's hardly a record to be scoffed at, especially against the best team of his era. In fact, if Hogg believes that to be the definition of a player gone missing, you'd have to wonder what he would say for the rest of the South African batsmen against Australia in this decade - among those who have played five Tests against Australia during this period, none averages even 40. Their captain has been especially disappointing, scoring 344 runs in 14 innings at 24.57.