July 6, 2012

English cricket

Who's ahead in the England-South Africa tussle?

Abhishek Mukherjee

Andy Wilson, writing in the Guardian, gauges the test England will be subjected to against South Africa starting July 19, in a series that promises to be the highlight of this year's English summer.

On paper, they (South Africa) look formidable. Philander's astonishing early impact in Test cricket has turned the already potent new-ball pair of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel into a three-pronged attack, and Tahir should provide an extra dimension. One memory of that 2008 series is of Geoff Boycott suggesting that various female members of his family could play Paul Harris, South Africa's main spinner, with various rhubarb-like fruits or vegetables (I've discovered in the extensive research required for this piece that rhubarb can be described as either).

Anyone who has seen Tahir bowling in county cricket for either Warwickshire and especially Hampshire over the last few years will be aware that he should command much more respect than that, even from Sir Geoffrey.

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