Thursday, February 22, 2007
Spin isn't always bad
And then came Monty. And behold he was good. Very good. It's refreshing but the news that caught my attention was that the aforementioned Saqlain has receovered from a career-threatening knee injury, married an English woman and got a contract to play for sussex. Basically put he should be eligible to play for England in 2008 when he will be, a relatively sprightly, 31. Saqlain was the pioneer of the 'doosra' - the one that goes the other way with the identical action to his stock delivery. He was the youngest player ever to reach 100, 150, 200 and 250 One Day International wickets - and reached these milestones in less matches than any other player. He has also scored a test match century. And no less of an authority than Michael Atherton held him to be top, top drawer.
The notion of Monty and Saqlain in tandem (just think of the beards and fingers twirling in unision) with a pace attack of any of Freddie, Broad, Anderson, Harmison, Hoggard or Jones. Oh yes.
On a side note, we also attempted to compile our best ever England and World test XIs (within our living memory). It soon became clear we wouldn't agree on the World XI. Even withstanding Googly's irrational dislike of Jacques Kallis, how can you fit Steve Waugh, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid in a batting line up? Similarly how can you pick a bowling attack out of Wasim, Waqar, Curtley Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Murali, Donald and Pollock?
Anyway we sort of agreed on an England team:
Stewart as keeper and probably Gooch (maybe Athers) as captain. This post has made me happy.
Why not draft in Allan Lamb and Kevin Pietersen to keep Robin Smith happy! ;)
More importantly, Mr Beef, I can't believe that you missed the great Eddie Hemmings out of your list of England spinners: think of the 'tache, the slim-line figure, and the doughty nightwatchman skills!
I love the idea of the Monty-Saqqi pairing - but would you go further and draft one S.G. Law into the side too? ;o)
Allan Lamb would get nowhere near my team. KP is a shoo-in providing he keeps his form for a couple more years. Gough - tubby? Not at his best mate. Sheer quality.
Surely Harmison at his best would provide a bit more firepower and variety than Fraser who's line and length role could be filled by Freddie
was that No. 11 Nirender Hirwani?
Not disputing Fraser was a good bowler but the attack could do with someone who can make the batmens jump around a bit. Then again you could argue its a toss up between Fraser and Caddick, with Fraser more likely to keep an end tied up.