January 29, 2009

Offbeat

What if...?

Judhajit

Ever wondered what would have happened if that catch was held, that decision was made, that player was picked? Alan Tyers on the Wisden Cricketer website chooses four famous moments and asks, what if …

… Billy Bowden had seen that Michael Kasprowicz’s hand was off the bat at Edgbaston in 2005?

Steve Harmison digs the ball in and the reliable (let’s indulge our imaginations here) Geraint Jones pockets the catch. Kasper the Friendly Seamer turns to walk … but wait! Billy Bowden sees that Kasprowicz was not gripping the handle and calls him back. Four wides from Harmison hand Australia the win, a devastated England cannot turn the series tide and are defeated 5-0.

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