Monday, August 24, 2009

Easy there big boy

When Great White Sharks patrol the Southern Seas, it's not the quantities of their kills that count, but the certainties. The best and most dangerous predators can go days, even weeks, without feeding. It what happens when they finally scent blood that makes them the creatures they are.
Nope, this isn't from the National Geographic. This is Andrew Miller on Steve Harmison's final spell at the Oval. Phew. My heart is pounding. My eyes are reeling from the purpleness of it all.

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Blogger achettup said...

Have you no heart? He got number's 8, 9 and 10 for crying out loud. Allow that man his kudos and all who seek to sing his praises, for it won't be long before they whip those knives out and cut of the fin of the once mighty shark that has bowled astray.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Subash said...

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12:09 PM  
Blogger Subash said...

Hilarious bit there by Andrew Miller! If there ever was an abashed (opposite of unabashed, of course) unbiased column about a fringe performance, that was it. I am being satirical, of course. He could've written about Trott's debut, Swann's gamely performance throughout the series or even Flintoff's uncanny ability to put down his imprint on the biggest turning point of the match, but no.... he chose Harmison. Wise choice Miller. Having chosen Harmy, he had to resort to hyperbole, as anything short would show Harmy's performance for what it was. Ordinary.

12:11 PM  
Blogger vijayanand said...

Shane Warne – The best bowler Australia has ever produced has opened up his mind to the media. He exposed his discontent regarding umpires. According to the ace spinner barring a few exceptions like Simon Tauter and ASAP Rauf other umpires went awry in terms of performance .Expressing disappointment that the standard of umpiring has deteriorated to the worst extent in the past twenty years of time he opined that though umpiring was a hard job, the performances of the umpires in the Ashes series had been consistently so ordinary. As far as Warne is concerned umpire Billy Bowden whom he expected to deliver correct judgments was also not consistent in performing his duty.
The spinner repents that there are too many instances of such bad judgments, which is increasingly becoming a cause of concern. He directly made a mention of names of umpires Daryl Harper and Billy Bowden, accusing them to be adamant in not confessing their wrong judgments. He also tried to strengthen his claim by mentioning that several players were not having a good opinion about those umpires in their minds. Warne insisted that the umpires should maintain a friendly attitude towards the players by shedding their high-handed attitude Warne also expressed his view repetitively that fifty over match should be withdrawn once for all as if such a change is brought about it would enable the players to spend more time with their families and relieve them from exhaustion.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Achettup: It was a good knockout punch, no doubt, and one that every captain needs. I was just struck by the prose used to describe it!

Subash: As before, I think it was something a captain wants from his quick, but the over-the-top description is what got me!

Vijay: Thanks for your comment!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Ashtung said...

i was struck with the exact thoughts when i read that... peter roebuck's latest article on cricinfo is no less misguiding or misguided... good writers should be allowed to falter once in a while, just like good cricketers :)

1:34 AM  
Blogger Brendan Layton said...

Harmison of all players..........sigh.

They never learn do they. I hope he gets dropped and falls back into Oblivion. You would almost think Stuart Broad did nothing at the Oval!

8:34 PM  

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