Wednesday, February 20, 2008

England compound their ineptitude

There was an exciting match recently. A tie even. But, in stead of focusing on all the good cricket and intriguing finale, we’ll do what we do best here at AYALAC and moan about England.

First off, for the first time in living memory, our batsmen did alright. Four of the top five scored half-centuries, with Phil “Honey and” Mustard striking 83 from 74. It says something for the English dominance that Jesse Ryder led the Kiwi attack with 2-14.

With late attacks from Paul Collingwood and Luke Wright, England managed an intimidating 340 from their fifty overs.

But then, rather like careering downstairs wearing old slippers, England began to slip dangerously.

First of all, our boys in bucket blue let the New Zealanders off to a flyer, with Ryder and Brendan Whathisface chalking up 70 in under ten overs. “Incompetence” you might think, “pathetic” even. But, I would advice you to hold forth for what is yet to come.

England then allowed some bloke I have barely heard of to score a century. How How got into triple figures, I have no idea. He probably hasn’t scored higher in Scrabble.

Things got so desperate, that they gave Owais Shah seven overs. That’s more than Ravi Bopara bowls in a season. What are they thinking?

Somehow, the Incredibly Incompetent Attribute switch from England's hopeless buccaneers to the Kiwi's useless spanners. New Zealand threw away ever possible advantage to contrive a tie. A tie! A tie for Christ’s sake!

You only get ties at work, and even then I hate them. I hate them even more when England fail to defend 340, especially when they possess the devastating Shah in their attack.


Naked Cricket said...

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em - Siamese Twins playing cricket, that's the Eng-NZL ODI series for you. Now, look out for Eng's win in the 5th.

Jrod said...

How indeed.