Monday, July 02, 2007

Five year-old wins ODI

It was a familiar story to those following the England vs. West Indies series. Fidel Edwards bowls well to keep the English under pressure, but his colleagues failed to exert similar control.

The Windian upper order mixed flimsy shots with bad judgement, seeing their innings reduced to 13-4. From there, on this Lords wicket, there is no coming back.

And they didn't.

It is as if the West Indies haven’t even tried to adapt their technique for English conditions. There is no discernable sign of improvement, or intent to improve. Just useless wofting.

It’s not just through accident that Ian Bell was the highest scorer in the England innings – it gives you a strong hint at the sort of game you need to play on a sparky pitch.

Once again, it was left to Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo to pick up the pieces, and their partnership of 61 looked threatening at one point. However, along comes some kid from the flat country, and polishes the Windies’ tail off without fuss.

My brother has a three year-old kid. Stuart Broad looks a bit older than him, so I reckon Broad must be about five.

Anyway, he bowled well. Better than Steve Harmison. I imagine that the England fast bowling line-up may become quite competitive during the Indian tour. You know, when we have to bowl proper, like, and not spray it around hoping that the bloke at the other end is going to sky it to mid-wicket. Like. Those Indians are alright at batting.

For being better than Harmy, young Broady, you get one Ayalac thumbs-up.