July 4, 2014

When Sachin and the Rest play

Alan Tyers
"And I told Rahul, he never has to worry about getting sunburnt if he stands in my shadow"  © AFP
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What can we expect when Sachin Tendulkar's Marylebone Cricket Club squad take on Shane Warne's Rest of The World on Saturday at Lord's?

"It's just a huge honour to play alongside a legend of the game like Chris Read," says Sachin - five points

Shaun Tait looks pretty rapid - one point

Shaun's radar needs a bit of an adjustment - four wides

English journalists try to get Saeed Ajmal thrown out of the match for "chucking" - one point

Australian journalists also miss the point by trying to get Murali's action tested - two points (double-jointed)

"A chance to see Shiv Chanderpaul bat" rated amongst least likely fan responses to the question "Why are you here?" - one point

Shane Warne comments: "Sure, the MCC side might be getting on a bit, but at least they're not carrying that liability Alastair Cook" - five points

Pavilion collapses under combined weight of KP, Shane and Shahid's egos - ten points

Indian fans declare excitement over chance to see Sachin "and 21 other guys whose names escape me" - one point per player you can name other than Sachin

Paul Collingwood lights up the occasion with a nuggety 20 and tidy non-fer - ten points

Brian Lara just glad not to have too many West Indians in his side - five points

Virender Sehwag is in the shape of his life - two points

Late move to replace Shahid Afridi with Luis Suarez after Shahid is banned for biting the ball - five points

Peter Siddle displays awesome competitiveness, never-say-die attitude, array of vegetarian snacks - five points

Aaron Finch slightly confused as to why he's in, and who all these old blokes are - ten points

Adam Gilchrist says something statesmanlike - five points

Shahid Afridi doesn't - ten points

ECB bans Tamim Iqbal from England cricket after he is seen fraternising with KP - two points

Rahul and Shiv bedding in for the long haul - one point per run, bonus for red-inker

Yuvraj Singh unplayable after lunch. A very large lunch - one point (and extra helpings)

Crowd disappointed when promised pyrotechnics from Boom Boom fail to materialise - one point

Dan Vettori still looks about 14 - one point

Late ICC move to have all future cricket matches contested between just these two sides - five points

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Posted by android_user on (July 5, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Why finch

Ponting ???

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 5, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Derek Don't be a fool- Gilchrist wasn't that good and ramdin has time- if not just take his under 19 captain's record ...

Posted by android_user on (July 5, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

the wall once again gate crashed

Posted by android_user on (July 5, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

my favourite player Ricky Ponting isn't playing.

Posted by android_user on (July 5, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

why were Siddle, Gul,Tait, Best and Tamim picked over Ponting, Pollock, Shane Bond, Kallis, Wasim and more

Posted by android_user on (July 5, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Someone; please send a recording of Gilly's wktkeeping and skippering masterclass to Denish Ramdin. Its just too bad he is unable to guest at Lords and watch the game live

Posted by   on (July 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

I wish Wasim Akram, Mcgrath and Ambrose agreed to play in this match. Also Hayden and Ponying.

AND I WISH THERE WERE AT LEAST THREE MATCHES BETWEEN THESE SIDES. ONE MATCH DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE OLD PLAYERS WARMING THEIR BODIES UP AND PREPARING THEMSELVES TO PLAY.

Posted by   on (July 5, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

True.. The four main spinners.. Warne, Murali, Ajmal & Dan are still better than any current English spinner.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Pavilion collapsed under the combined weight of KP, shane and shahid's egos-million points.

Posted by 10dulkaRulezz on (July 4, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Is this match commentary covered by Cricinfo? Please let us know if not, we will have a back up plan!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alan Tyers
Alan Tyers writes about sport for the Daily Telegraph and others. He is the author of six books published by Bloomsbury, all of them with pictures by the brilliant illustrator Beach. The most recent is Tutenkhamen's Tracksuit: The History of Sport in 100ish Objects. Alan is one of many weak links in the world's worst cricket team, the Twenty Minuters.

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