We’re all well used to hearing a commentator put the kiss of death on a batsman by saying how well he is playing, and then watching him get out with a ridiculous shot within a couple of balls.
Well today during the innings break, we were treated to the reversal of that theory with Mike Atherton, Darren Gough, Derek Pringle and Alec Stewart claiming that Andrew Strauss shouldn’t be in England’s World Cup 15 for the 50 over competition, only to see him then hit a match winning century.
In a way similar to the Kevin Pietersen issue, it never ceases to amaze me how quick ex-players are to jump on these bandwagons. The team works with Strauss in it, England are settled under his captaincy and are now up to 2nd in the ODI world rankings so why on earth do people want to change things? It’s beyond me.
I can understand perhaps not having Strauss and Trott in the same XI. But why is it that if an opener dosen’t smack the leather of the ball these days, he is not regarded as good enough for limited overs cricket?
Strauss is good enough to attack and to play a paced innings like today’s, he is one of a very limited amount of cricketers available to England who can adjust his batting to a match situation.
The man they all think should replace him as captain, Paul Collingwood, is in worse form than KP is, and no one seems to be remotely concerned about that.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the icing on the cake was Darren Gough’s view that Andrew Flintoff should be brought back into the world cup squad to bat at number 8 and just bowl the 4 or 5 overs. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but is Gough for real?
All I can say about that is thankfully Darren Gough isn’t a selector, hopefully he sticks to doing strange adverts, dancing and radio.