July 31, 2008

South Africa in England 2008

Beware of Gunther

Kanishkaa Balachandran

In the Guardian, Paul Weaver writes that Andre Nel's, huffing, puffing chuntering and unathletic energy typified South Africa yesterday.

His bowling action should be reproduced in coaching manuals which should then be ceremonially burned at cricket academies throughout the planet. In his delivery stride he impersonates an exploding man. Legs, arms, head and shoulders fly in different directions. It is, one might say, a mixed action. This is a pantomime villain of a fast bowler. Remember Ole Mortensen, the Danish tax inspector?

Andrew Flintoff's batting was the only bright spot in an otherwise abject display by England, writes Simon Hughes in the Telegraph.

At a ground where the packed stands have roared England on to some famous victories, it tells you that Wednesday starts are unpopular with punters' traditional viewing routines, that five Twenty20 matches in quick succession at this venue may have dulled people's appetites for cricket, and that, as the credit crunch bites, ticket prices of £55 are exorbitant.

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