Sometimes it seems like everyone’s got an opinion about English cricket. Take Kiwi Ross Taylor, for example.
“To be honest I’ve been away in Disneyland so I haven’t seen a lot of what’s been happening with England cricket.”
Missing joint “There were some dark days, when my body was feeling pretty poor, my action was feeling pretty poor – I’d lost my wrist through parts of last year.” Middlesex’s James Harris after taking 9 for 34 against Durham
Eliot Ness “Alastair is so up his own a—, he thinks he is untouchable as England captain.” Geoff Boycott about England’s captain
Blasphemy “A six doesn’t necessarily need to go out of the ground, it has to just clear the fence.” Rajasthan Royals’ Karun Nair just doesn’t get Twenty20 cricket
Further blasphemy “It is not all about hitting fours and sixes, you have to play according to the situation.” Mumbai Indians Ambati Rayudu
Happening “I started thinking about the double hundred when I was on 169. Then a few sixes happened.” Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal after making 206 against Pakistan
Peer review “I think his keeping was disgusting.” Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim rates Imrul Kayes who replaced him behind the stumps after a finger injury
Parental advice “As I have matured, I’ve realised that actually he has seen a bit of cricket in his 49 years in the game so might have a rough idea of what he is talking about.” David Willey about his father, Peter, who followed up his playing career by umpiring until he was 65
In the V “I like to hit in front of me rather than all this fancy stuff that people do now. That is not for me.” David Willey
Made-up quote “That’s moderately-sized but still counts as six!” Ravi Shastri
WHAT’S GOING ON…
Suresh Raina’s in great form.
“I may be scoring 20 to 30 runs but my frame of mind is very good this year. I have been getting out playing proper cricketing shots and the ball is often going straight to the fielders.”
Who needs reverse swept sixes when you can drill one straight into the hands of mid-off?
Unitwatch – part 78
“If we, as a fast bowling unit, don’t strike early and leak runs, the impact of the other bowlers will diminish.” Umesh Yadav
EXCLUSIVE: Cricketer spotted!!
Happy Millionnaire writes: “Back in my teens (this was early 1980s) my local club side occasionally had the odd Essex player come in for a bit of extra net practice. I’d just finished a bit of batting, when one of the others rushed over breathlessly exclaiming that he’d just seen John Lever and Norbert Philip heading to the nets for a bowl.
“I looked at the lad next me and we both said “f*** that” simultaneously. Our pads couldn’t come off quick enough.”
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Tendulkar scores a hundred for Yorkshire against Lancashire. There is SO much to like about this clip, not least Ian Austin…
Tendulkar aged 19 scores his fourth Test hundred. Against South Africa in 1992.
The final word
“It’s always good to stand equal with the likes of Bradman.” Younus Khan after hitting his 29th Test hundred