|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
The results of our latest caption competition featuring Andrew Flintoff
May 28, 2006
Larry Guilfoyle from Queensland, Australia, was one of a handful to utter "call that a break-dance? Watch this moonwalk!" which was a fair start, but Larry lost out in the humour stakes to the prolific Jason Panagidis. Hailing from Johannesburg, Jason's took a different angle - "the Australian Under-12 team's sledging finally earned them a wicket - which had us guffawing and chortling.
The theme of levitating bats was also common among the hundreds who entered. "Despite the lessons Uri Geller had given him, Freddie's bat-levitation trick didn't impress the young cricketer," mused Simon Huntington from London. "Okay, so who super glued this bat to my fingers?" offered Henry Arculus, also from London.
With Asda sponsoring the event, it was inevitable that the pat of loose change in our pockets, and the corny "dink dink" theme tune of the world's biggest supermarket chain would course through our heads. And not just ours, but most of yours too. "Asda Mums bag Freddie's wicket!" joked Graham English from Ayrshire; "You can stick your Asda prices," shouted Chris Nield from Gloucester; and Luke showed no small amount of lateral thinking with "Asda kadabra, look what I can do with my magnetic fingers".
Good though the Asda puns were, we at Cricinfo are quite the wordsmiths and were rather taken with Garth Powell's effort: "Captain Flintoff out of his league as Kwikies tear through him". Had there been a single winner (and you're all winners, really), Jennifer Hanns from Southampton would have got it with her fabulously clever "I blame the bat - it's not got Woodworm." We liked that.
Jason Panagidis, though he scored many points for his prolificacy, narrowly missed out with his second curious entry: "Freddie Flintoff was shocked at how young the Irish one-day squad were." Very good, Jason.
However, one of our favourites came early on in the Test - when Kevin Pietersen was defying logic during his 142 - with Olly Nicholson, from Reading, sending us this: "Ashley Giles was once the wheelie bin but, after that middle-stumper Freddie, you're the shopping trolley."
Super effort, and thanks to all who entered. The prizes - the 2006 edition of The Cricketers' Who's Who - will be winging their way to Jennifer Hanns, Garth Powell and Olly Nicholson. We'll have another competition for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.
When Mitchell Johnson hit Virat Kohli on the helmet with a bouncer, Australian fielders came from everywhere. Mental disintegration had gone, replaced by the cricket unity. Two teams, one family.
From the bouncer that struck him on the badge of his helmet to the bouncer that dismissed him, Virat Kohli's century, and his duel with Mitchell Johnson, made for compelling human drama
After the tragedy of Phillip Hughes' death, this match showed that cricket and life will continue to go on. This time Test cricket dug in and got through to tea.
Turning your back on a system that the whole cricketing world wants a discussion on, refusing to discuss it because it is not 100%, is not good enough
The failed gamble of handing Karn Sharma a Test debut despite him having a moderate first-class record means India have to rethink who their spinner will be
After a long time we have seen an Indian team and captain enjoy the challenge of trying to overcome stronger opposition in an overseas Test