Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cancel Christmas

Never before in the history of Test cricket has a team declared in the first innings with so many runs on the board and gone on to lose.




Maudlin doesn't begin to cover it, but as England contrive to record literally the most extreme example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the history of the sport, we can finally see that last summer was indeed a glorious freak, and once more sink back into the familiar arms of the kind of epic failure that has been our faithful companion for most of our cricketing lifetimes.

9 comments:

M Ali said...

Performances like these make me glad I fail the cricket test. Whither Monty? Why Trescothick?

Brit said...

But only England could manage a failure quite so heroic. The personnel change year by year, the essential capacity for calamity does not.

Leaving Monty out was a Sven-like decision: hanging on for a draw before the game even starts. Pathetic.

PS. Pakistan or India?

M Ali said...

Pakistan, the Argentina of world cricket.

Brit said...

Did you go to watch them anywhere in the summer?

I was at the Twenty20 in Bristol. Afridi was brutal.

M Ali said...

No, not really. As far as sports go, I stick to professional wrestling and Match of the Day. Afridi's habit of constantly rearranging his hair is really annoying.

Duck said...

Ah, a Pro Wrestling fan! Well, the Brits don't fare so well there either.

Brit said...

It's.
Not.
Real.

Duck said...

You guys can't even win at fake sports!

Brit said...

Very well, in that respect professional wrestling is realistic.