Him Again

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In South Africa there came some rumblings. A noise English cricket has learned to rile itself over. A cacophany sure to light up the social media hordes. A din “no-one” wants.

Yep. You know who has made back-to-back centuries in the T20 competition in South Africa, the Ram Slam. Accompanying this are the usual cries for his return to the England set up, for the ECB/Strauss/Cook to swallow their pride and bring him back. Accompanying those cries we see those implacably opposed denigrating the achievement (domestic bowling, big difference between this and test cricket, rubbish in UAE last time around) as if this is a selection issue based on ability.

I’m writing about it, so I can’t exactly say I’m sick of it can I? I can’t exactly moan at others talking about it when I was accused in Wisden last year or having the effect of constantly beating others about the head with my constant repetition. But it’s the same old, same old. The same personalities, the same arguments, the same rambling debate. KP should be playing test cricket for England, if we select on merit. I think you might have something wrong with your analytical skills if that wasn’t your point of view. It’s not that he’s made runs in a hit and giggle competition, it’s that he has the temperament and the skill to play test cricket. There might be quibbles over fitness, which only KP himself can answer, but on ability with the bat. Stop being idiots.

There is a school of thought that he should play for England in the World T20. Well of course he should. Now that the ECB’s Lancaster fox has been well and truly short, and culture isn’t all, the reasons not to pick him now seem daft. Players who may put up a block, like Cook, Anderson and Broad, won’t be playing. Morgan wants him, or so he indicated. But he won’t.

So, instead of watching him in the World T20, we’ll have to rely on him having a pop at county cricket:

Trolling the ECB and the haters:

Having a pop at Dominic Cork:

Holiday snaps:

Personal grooming

And people who berate me for being obsessed, having a massive conflab about him on Twitter! πŸ™‚

Cheers.

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11 thoughts on “Him Again

  1. ArushaTZ November 8, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    KP at the crease as of right now. Sky Sports 5

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    • SimonH November 8, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      50* and only 9 overs gone. One six out of the ground.

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  2. metatone November 8, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    I’ve enjoyed watching Yorkshire show the other counties how it is done the last couple of years.

    But I think KP has a point. CC is not arranged to develop players well for Test cricket. A look at how long it’s taken Joe Root to adjust is I think instructive.

    Changing the number of teams is rightly controversial and I’ll put that aside for now.

    The other suggestions though – fix the schedule, regulate the pitches better to be like Test pitches, seem rather obvious to try.

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  3. greyblazer November 8, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    The standard isn’t great though, and the grounds are half empty. He’d have made more impact playing in front of full houses in the blast.

    Still its a pleasure to watch him bat.

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    • jennyah46 November 8, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Playing in the Blast doesn’t teach anybody how to see off a new red ball, settle in and wait for the bad ones to fill their boots.

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    • Mark November 8, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      ” He’d have made more impact playing in front of full houses in the blast.”

      Oh please.

      Like,they told him he needed to play 4 day cricket with a county to have a chance of playing test match cricket again. So he did, and scored a triple hundred and the ECB moved the goal posts once again. Nothing he does will ever be right or good enough.

      He will never play for England again. So he might as well enjoy his life playing where he can, and enjoying his well earned wealth. England don’t pick on merit. They pick on a peculiar list of odd characteristics. Face fitting, right school, right family and something called trust. Whatever that means? That’s their choice, but they are now ranked 6th so it’s not very successful model.

      I just find it funny that he still gets right up the noses of the usual faces. Long may it continue. Of course if the ECB were staffed by clever people, and not idiots they would have given him enough rope to hang himself by picking him and letting him fail. THEY THEN COULD HAVE DROPPED HIM ON FORM. They were too stupid to do that.

      Instead they have ended up with great dollops of egg all over their faces.

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      • greyblazer November 8, 2015 / 6:06 pm

        Surrey got full houses and 8 home games. Get all those fans on your side and you have a campaign.
        Who are the usual faces?

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  4. SNML November 8, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Only the ECB Politburo can serve up fundamentally flawed batsmen like Moeen Ali ,Bairstow ,and Buttler and Purge by ostracism, banning, and persona non grata technically accomplished batsmen from the England team like Pietersen and Carberry on ludricous pretexts.
    It`s important not to give this dissembling organisation any support or succour until they start to act in the best interests of England Cricket.

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