January 30, 2013

Keating's sentences still vivaciously alive

In the Telegraph, Tanya Aldred writes of the impact the late Frank Keating had on her and hopes that there will always be "room for writing like his in a world that has grown angrier and more judgmental."

It did not have to be a big occasion for him to pull out all the stops. Here he is at Grace Road watching the Australians during the 1993 Ashes tour. Shane Warne has just bamboozled the Leicestershire batsmen and this is just a sentence from the match report he sent into the paper. "Two or three batsmen rolled back to the pavilion in a daze of eye-rolling double-takes after being scrambled and poached by an outrageous right-angled extravagance which dips in serenely to land on the uncut edges of the strip far outside the left peg before snapping back a full yard to nip away the off-bail." Brilliantly, beautifully barmy.

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