Friday, December 08, 2006

England management committee

I do not fully recognise the scope of the England cricket team's management committe. It consists of Freddie (the captain) and Strauss (presumably as senior batsman and vice-captain). However, the other two members are a touch more contentious: Paul Collingwood and...Geraint Jones. Collingwood, despite his magnificent double century in the last test, was scheduled not to be in the team but made the XI after it became apparent Vaughan wouldn't be fit and after Trescothick left the tour early. However, the inclusion of Jones is patently stupid. Jones is not playing well, his keeping is inferior to Chris Read, his batting is hardly setting the world on fire and, basically put, he shouldn't be in the squad nevermind the team. The one thing Jones brings to the team and, to be fair, he brings it in spades; is an incredibly composed and 'crickety' look when trudging back to the pavilion after seeing one his stumps cartwheel down to fine leg. See this YouTube clip to understand what I mean, look at that dignity; you wouldn't have guessed he's just been done like a kipper. With Christmas fast approaching, it makes sense to assess Jones' role on the committee and the team as turkeys not voting for Christmas.

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