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England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day

Joyful Tino produces day to remember

Tino Best came within five runs of immortality and did so with a brilliance that put him up there with anybody in the great litany of Test cricket's unlikely performances

Mark Nicholas

June 10, 2012

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Tino Best is ecstatic after recording his maiden Test half-century, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Edgbaston, 4th day, June 10, 2012
A ray of sunshine: Tino Best played with a flourish and freedom that enlivened a game ruined by the weather © AFP
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Don't laugh, but I saw John Snow and Ken Higgs put on 128 for the last wicket against the West Indies at The Oval in 1966. The world was in black and white then. Snow was my hero and Higgs a figure of enormous importance in backyard Test matches where his curved run-up fitted the small space perfectly. I would not have picked him otherwise, I would have had Jeff Jones' left-arm quicks but the garden wasn't shaped like that.

Snow made roughing up the Aussies look absurdly easy, which endeared him to most English schoolboys, while his demeanor and styling made him the first rock star cricketer. He titled his autobiography Cricket Rebel - good stuff on the back of Lennon and McCartney; Jagger and Richards.

But even Snow did not do it for me like Tino did yesterday. Tino "mind the windows" Best, the butt of every England cricketer's humour since Andrew Flintoff's goading at Lord's eight full years ago. Best is out of Barbados, the island where fast bowlers were once found in every rum shop. He is a jobbing cricketer, which is not meant unkindly for he has enviable enthusiasm and a yard of pace. But that is sort of it really. Time was when you didn't mess with a Bajan fast bowler but Flintoff's "mind the windows moment" that encouraged Best to flail wildly and be stumped by the distance of humiliation had long promised to be the one thing for which he will be remembered.

No more. Today Best came within five runs of immortality and did so with a brilliance that put him up there with anybody in the great litany of Test cricket's unlikely performances. If that sounds an exaggeration, so be it. The fact is, we will never forget the outrage he caused and just how much we enjoyed it. These Englishmen are the best team in the world for goodness sake and Tino manhandled them for 95 of the very best. Holding the pose of his front foot followthroughs and replaying every cut and pull, whether hit or missed, to the delight of myriad cameramen galvanised by his every flourish, Tino made the morning his own. What began in the music hall and was worth a giggle ended in the Wisden Almanack as comfortably the highest score ever made by a No. 11 batsman in Tests.

Meanwhile, Denesh Ramdin eased the ball around like the old pro he should be and went to a hundred with barely a feather ruffled. Exactly where the karma went at that point, only Denesh knows but Viv Richards took a pasting from a handwritten note he pulled from his pocket and held aloft for all to read. If I were Ramdin, I would avoid Viv for a while.

For the record the pair put on 143, just eight short of the highest tenth-wicket partnership of them all. But more appealing than the figures was the sheer joy of the batting, the sense that an all too serious game was put in perspective. The two days lost to rain had been painful, the first official day of play turgid but this, well this was Disneyland.

I certainly do not remember Snow and Higgs having such a ball, I guess that is black and white for you. Theirs was a remarkable effort however, against Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, Garry Sobers and Lance Gibbs. It was the first Test that Brian Close captained and England won it from nowhere; 166 for 7 then Tom Graveney and John Murray put on 217 before the two fast bowlers cashed in. Snow was a lovely natural batsman, Higgs rather more rustic - a decent defence and then cow corner. The last three England wickets added 361 that day and then Snow knocked over Easton McMorris and Conrad Hunte in the blink of an eye. Close had an idea to combat Sobers - Closey had an idea for everyone - and told Snow to whack into the great man's ribcage first ball. Eureka! Sir Garry popped it up to guess who? Close himself of course at short leg.

The other ridiculous tenth-wicket partnership I watched was in Brisbane between Jason Gillespie and, wait for it, Glenn McGrath. They put on a 114, making 54 not out and 61 respectively. McGrath began like the incomparable duck-maker he was but, snick after snick, he edged himself towards bravado and suddenly began thumping the New Zealand attack all over the paddock. This was no crisis though - they came together with 471 on the board - and the crushing of Kiwi spirit was the partnership's sole purpose. It did a hell of a job. A couple of hours later New Zealand had been bowled out for 76 and the Test won. McGrath took 3 for 19, Gillespie two for the same. Shane Warne did the rest.

West Indies do not have quite that ammunition and this match is a certain draw. But Darren Sammy's game fellows have it in them to fight the good fight. Tino brought us all to life today and, at the same time, gave England a sharp kick where it hurts that not every day is necessarily your day.

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Posted by JG2704 on (June 12, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

@sk12 on (June 11 2012, 20:00 PM GMT) a few years ago when Tino played over here , when Tino was batting Flintoff at slip said "Watch the windows Tino" in jest at Tino's likelihood of trying to play the big shot and I think next ball or the ball after Tino tried a Haymaker of a shot vs Swann , missed the ball and got out

Posted by SpringBenny on (June 12, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

I wonder what Mr. Scyld Berry (from the UK's Telegraph) thinks about the English team's performance against what he rudely termed "waifs and strays". Maybe he had never heard of the man-of-the-series, Mr Marlon Samuels!! Do the English fans really share the views of their well known journalist?

Posted by JG2704 on (June 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

@Last_ride on (June 11 2012, 15:00 PM GMT) Disagree . It was a bad day at the office coupled with Ramdin and Tino playing out of their skins on a decent batting track. Finn and Onions are quality bowlers

Posted by JG2704 on (June 11, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@Scott Robbins on (June 11 2012, 12:03 PM GMT) I think Eng did take this match seriously. Onions has been the most consistent county bowler on the circuit for years and a number of Eng fans think Finn should be in the side anyway. Both guys were hungry and are not that far behind Broad and Anderson. Eng were certainly not firing on all cylinders but that can happen when you are very fired up. You have to give WI credit for fighting back too

Posted by JG2704 on (June 11, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@AllroundCricketFan on (June 10 2012, 22:17 PM GMT) Vaughan had a chronic knee injury but if you really want to believe all this trash your posting then that's up to you.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 11, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 on (June 11 2012, 08:51 AM GMT) Many people (possibly yourself included) were saying how much of a difference Narine would make. I and others tried to educate those people by saying that Narine may or may not make a huge difference to the WI side and emphasised that going from Indian conditions in T20 to English conditions in tests would be a whole different thing. English commentators probably didn't mention Swann because he is a proven test player who has done it in the past. Narine is a player there has been so much hype about and few of the commentary team had actually seen. I'm sure Narine will do some damage on a suitable pitch and given more experience.

Posted by sk12 on (June 11, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

I am sorry, but can someone please explain the Flintoff "mind the windows" thing?

Posted by delboy on (June 11, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Talk about saving the BEST till last. I really wanted Ramdin and Tino to bat the entire 4th day on account of the biased view of the commentators, remarking that 'Strauss did well to ensure England only had to bat once, because they are more than capable of bowling out WI twice inside a day and one half' The assumption was that the WI team was filled with the likes of K Edwards...

Posted by Last_ride on (June 11, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Well if either Anderson or Broad gets injured i think it is very difficult for England.Englands attack is second rate without those two.

Posted by 5wombats on (June 11, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@AllroundCricketFan on (June 11 2012, 11:16 AM GMT) - Strauss WON'T be sacked. He won't be "forced" to retire or resign either. You can take that to the Bank. Strauss is leading England very well and has the most successful record of any England captain since Brearley. It is not an accident that this period of England strength coincides with Andrew Strauss' excellent captaincy. The opposite of what you say is actually true = it is Smith who is difficulty, not Strauss. Smith is the guy who has captained South Africa to all those home series draws - remember? By contrast, Strauss has won all the home series he has captained. These are the facts.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (June 11, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

It was outrageous and yet every moment was pure hilarity. Tino was probably smarting from Freddie's famous sledge and wanted to show once and for all that he was no rabbit. Amongst the many live jokes I particularly liked the one when he essayed a square cut Tendulkar style,meant to go over the slip and gully cordon. And then they showed Andrew Strauss's expression. Angry, no bemused. Wanting to laugh but then he was the Captain of the team that was the butt of many a laugh here. Andrew is not normally given to sledging I think and would have been in splits if he was one of the crowd. This Test match was always destined to be a dull draw with the first two days being washed out. Tino had other ideas though. For me the Test was over once he tried valiantly to go over the top and reach his 100 with the same stroke.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

England have played this test match like a team that has won the series and are just going through the motions. The whole controversy in not playing their two best strike-bowlers, when they were fit, suggests that they were not taking this game seriously. On top of that, Tino Best coming out to bat and being his usual excitable, animated self added more complacency towards England's attitude in the field. This all started back in 2004 with Freddie Flintoff's famous sledge "mind the windows tino" and Besty was viewed as a over-enthusiastic mascot, who should be the butt of any jokes, during his innings. Tino might've been loud, laughing and chirping, but he was very focused in what he had to do and surprised just about everybody, let alone the England bowlers, for all the entertainment he provided to the crowd and the Windies dressing-room. It's a shame the nervous-90s got the better of him. I have a feeling the English players won't be taking him so lightly in the ODI/T20 series.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

@All round cricket- Making predictions in cricket often attracts the opposite. Maybe one captain will end his stint this year-but which one?? Don't count on it being strauss. @randy oz- Look at the stats. This is early summer. Sometime in India or before Swann will pass 200 wkts at about 28. Does not look too bad to me. And it is raining here all the time.

Posted by AllroundCricketFan on (June 11, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

@Facebook. Not too sure what your name is. Thanks for your input. Strauss is 'South African'. Dont make me laugh. Please, its like saying Sarkozy is Hungarian, and not French, and Nasser Hussain is Indian, and not English. Maybe 'pummelling' is a tad harsh. But my point was Smith and team did speed up the retirements of both Hussain and Vaughan. Had Smith's team not won 'by a whisker', Hussain and Vaughan would have went on to captain Eng and no tears would have been shed. FACT. And Vaughan did leave mid series. @5wombats. Your point taken. Still going back to MY point. Strauss's retirement/resignation/sacking looks even more likely and and the date edges closer.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

The test will end in a draw.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Love the story about picking Higgs for his garden-fitting run up! Hugely evocative. I was fan of Tony Greig for the same reason - his high leap meant you could get decent pace off a short run, without having to go through the rockery.

Posted by Bartflower on (June 11, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Really excellent article, Mark. I had forgotten just how splendid a writer you are. You are wasted on Channel 9!

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 11, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@rahulcricket007, Swanns figures on a non-turning pitch 26-5-85-0, Narine on the same pitch, 15-1-70-0. Swanns Economy 3.26, Narines 4.66. if the spinner isnt taking wickets then they need to tie down an End,and try and strangle runs so that the batsmen dont 'escape', but Narine didnt do that, as for the mystery spin having englands batsmen tied up in knots, quite simply it didnt.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 11, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@RandyOZ, why not ask punter the same question?

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

When will we West Indians stop criticizing our own. God save the Queen. God save Tino Best!

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 11, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

How on Earth is Swann still getting selected? He has been utterly listless. England may as well hand the Ashes over now because if you're letting no. 11 get 95 your 'amazing' depth really isn't all it's cracked up to be is it? Worrying times for the united XI.

Posted by 5wombats on (June 11, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

@AllroundCricketFan on (June 10 2012, 22:17 PM GMT) "This English team look rather flimsy". Rubbish. "Pummelling them in most formats". Really? What happened in the world cup then? And what about the last England tour of South Africa? What "pummelling" are you talking about? - apart from the imaginary one you have in your mind. If anything it is South Africa who are "flimsy". South Africa couldn't beat india or Australia in South Africa... whereas England easily beat both these teams in England last time around. A good team should be able to win its home series - any format - wouldn't you agree @AllroundCricketFan ?

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Swann is looking as listless as ever. How can continual non-performance help you retain your place?

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 11, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

WHEN I WAS WATCHING NARINE 'S BOWLING THEN SOME ENGLISH COMMENTATORS WERE CRITISIZING NARINE . I AGREE WITH THEM THAT HE WAS NOT SUCESSFULL , BUT ON THIS PITCH WHICH GIVES NO SUPPORT TO THE SPINNERS OTHER SPINNER WOULD ALSO HAVE STRUGGLE . YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK AT SWANN 'S FIGURES WHO ALSO DIDN'T TAKE WKT IN FIRST INNINGS BUT NO ENGLISH COMMENATATOR SAID ANYTHING ABOUT HIM .IT 'S EASY TO SEE FAULTS IN OTHERS .

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@SpringBenny, well this was englands Second string attack Finn has played 2 tests in 12 months, and Onions hasnt played international cricket in 3 years....Tino seemed to be pumped up for the game and game out fired up, from the highlights and TMS commentry it seemed that he was giving the Bowlers verbal to put them off their game plan and it worked, it didnt help that Strauss set ultra defensive fields to him thus allowing him to swing the bat, but it was still a shame Tino didnt get the last 5 runs..... In the end the game was dead anyway, unless the WI's wonder spinner and prophesised savior had ripped through the middle order but with figures of 15-1-70-0 Narine didnt deliver, he didnt even manage to contain the batsmen, which is what he should have been doing.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 11, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

He is not the best of bowler or a cricketer for sure but a enjoyable character.. Loves to entertain with character rather than performance.. He didn't save the game or set it =up for win but really provided the entertainment which is the only thing which could have happened in this hopelessly curtailed test and on a lifeless decks.. Good entertainment from KP too.. Wish we see some more entertaining batting from Prior, Bell.. Will any of the captain think about being sportive and try to induce life into the game? Damn sure Stephen Fleming could have declared immediately after wiping off the follow on and give the ball to the opponent captain to decide on..

Posted by gullycover on (June 11, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Tino Best was in Toronto last month to play for world 11 against Asian 11. The match was shown live on Canadian tv network - first time ever in the history of Canada to telecast a live match played on Canadian soil. Match was won by Asian 11 thanks in part to heroics of Jayasuriya but boy did Tino Best entertained us with his character and energy. He took 4 wickets and was simply a joy to watch. He was working up some serious pace in the match and I was surprised knowing that he hadn't played for Windies in 3 years.. So glad to see him back in the WI side and wish you all the best brother.. WIndian team, IMO, is poorer without this fella and obviously without Gayle :)

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

Lets not start calling a spade as a spade only,yeah,even if England looked jaded,etc,that does not matter.Fact is,when you represent your nation,whether it is the strongest attack or team,they are not called an A side,they are the senior team,and it takes NOTHING away from Tino's Best's knock as well as Ramdin's knock,and please lets not go to oh this was a 3 day test or not,at the end of the day it is called TEST cricket,whether weather intervened or not.After all,the GREAT English media would have expected the West Indies to be blown away in even 3 days and be hammered 3-0,now that fight was shown,excuses about the weather and how jaded they looked?Why is it when the number one bowling attack in the world is blowing away the opposition,they are all excited and over the moon,when they meet batting resistance,why does the body language,facial expressions and the sledging suggest they are spoiled brats?,i have watched them throught this and other series you know.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 11, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

@AllroundCricketFan, "Smith and team pummelling them in most formats". SA won the test series in England 2-1 and drew the home series 1-1. In ODIs, England have won both home and away series and also won the WC game in neutral ground (India). In T20s, it is again even with both teams winning a game apiece. How is that pummelling in most formats?

Posted by Ennarkay on (June 11, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

For all our memories of McGrath as a walking wicket, he was involved in TWO centuries for the Tenth wicket! The most in the game ever.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

My favourite was Danny Morrison and Nathan Astle 106-run partnership to save the test against England in Auckland 1997. Morrison was the world record duck-holder, with 24 in tests, and he batted 3 hours facing 133 balls for his 14 n.o, while Astle scored a century at the other end. England's captain Atherton finally admitted the draw - and I believe he declined the extra 30mins available to get the last wicket

Posted by SpringBenny on (June 11, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

Tino taking 95 off of the "best attack in the world". Imagine that? I wonder what Mr. Scyld Berry (from the Telegraph) thinks about his team's performance today.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

Classic knock from Tino, great to watch even for an England fan, shame he didn't get those last 5. Bit of a contrast from Ramdin, good inning but that note was in bad spirit.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

@AllroundCricketFan, Strauss being the 3rd England captain to step down all at the hands of Smith and Co. Bear in mind Strauss is a South African. Vaughan was already struggling with a dodgy knee and Hussain returned with a century in the third test. I would like to see South Africa beat Australia in South Africa and Australia. The series between England and South Africa can always be a dogfight. No way will it be easy for both teams.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 11, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Someone Best should be buying a drink for is Strauss, whose ultra conservative field placing allowed him the liberty to play through 3rd and 4th slip with impunity. Ultra conservatism is supposed to save runs -hahah (or LOL if you like that sort of thing)! The most eff4ective way to save runs is to take wickets QED. 95 runs to Best should be the death knell for ultra conservative field placings. Seriously, Straussy, take a punt once in while; go and talk to Beefy about these things. That man has the knowledge!!!

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 0:02 GMT)

Tino Best is sheer heart in everything he does.It's never a dull moment when Tino is around. May he continue to entertain us. Long live Tino Best international cricket career! Ramdin is an intelligent individual and will not make another faux pas as he did today. Let's hope he continues to produce on a more consistent basis. Aren't we all just looking forward to one-day series? Pity KP will not be around to help out England.

Posted by Robster1 on (June 10, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

Utterly fabulous, joyful innings by Best - all credit to him. One for the memory banks. Poor fielding positions by England.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (June 10, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

I don't think we will ever see another 10th wicket partnership like that ever again! Mainly because in the history of the game no 2 batsman have ever been so lucky. Agree some of their runs came off the face of the bat (I think 15 or so between them), but cmon a little bit of perpesctive. As for Narine, it wasn't really a pitch for the spinners so I wish him all the best in the future. Bring on SA, hope luck does indeed even itself out and the weather holds.

Posted by AllroundCricketFan on (June 10, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

This English team look rather flimsy. and with KP about to leave ... hmmm. Really looking forward to Smith forcing Strauss to retire during teh upcoming series, remember Nasser Hussain was forced to quit as captain when Smith and Co played them 9 years ago. The same way Vaughan cried his way into retirement 4 years ago and opted not to play the 4th test. This would be 3 times an English captain has retired due to Smith and team pummelling them in most formats. Should be a cracker this series. Pity only 3 tests against the Proteas though. BTW, Well done Tino.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (June 10, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Its great to see west indies do well. Cricket without West Indies dominating and playing well just insn't the same.

Posted by 5wombats on (June 10, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

@Dwight Bowen. Excellent post from you. Everyone likes to watch a good tail-end thwack. It was a delight to watch. "Bleeds cricket..." ! We loved that! And sooo true! Tremendous innings from Ramdin too. Pity he had to spoil it with that note. Oh dear!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

I agree, isn't test cricket great. I had friends who hardly ever watch cricket send me texts saying how incredible Best's inning was. I only wish I wasn't on holiday in the cricket wilderness that is Arizona.

Great article Mark!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 10, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

WI tailenders outperform the top order by miles with the bat on the evidence of this series. Admittedly English bowlers are just not hot at taking tailenders wickets,a disease which is rife amongst county attacks too. But by any standards this was an achievement of gargantuan proportions and like most people I was sad he did not get those 5 runs.I wonder whether he too had a piece of paper- for Freddie asking him which windows to mind. His bowling was quite pokey too-gave Bell a working over who in turn could demonstrate to Bairstow just how to do it. The trouble with tests is that so often players are better a few years after they have come and gone. Tino is one of those even if the chat's the same. Re Ramdin's note- had he not already said his piece with his bat. The strangest celebration for a ton yet.

Posted by llw5682 on (June 10, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

great post John! I think when Ramdin is able to score a century with more frequency than every 3 YEARS, only then can he even begin to say anything at all.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 10, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Really enjoyed that knock. Where are all these idiots that say "test cricket is dead" and "isn't entertaining enough"? Tino, what a character! Does he ever stop smiling!? WI cricket has had its problems, no doubt. But with players and spirit like this, test cricket will NEVER die in WI, nor anywhere else for that matter. Well done Sammy, Tino and co. Ramdin soured things a little with his 'note' but I think will learn from this, and hopefully regrets his actions. Let the bat/gloves do the talking Ramdin - you've got the potential!

Posted by vincy4ever on (June 10, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Sheer Joy, Tino's innings. A day to remember for all cricket lovers. Enjoyed Ramdin's century too. Hope he doesn't live to regret the message to Viv.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 10, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

I don't think I've ever wanted a player to score a 100 vs England until today. Great effort by Tino and what a shame he didn't quite get there. Thought our commentary team were jumping the gun a bit talking about when Eng should declare before getting WI all out. I can kind of see how that sort of thing irritates some folk

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Tino won't play an innings like that again if he lives to be a thousand, but what a shame he didn't get that century. When history's being made it's kind of a privilege even to be on the receiving end. :)

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Ramdin's actions overshadowed Best's great effort. Ramdin's attitude is part of what is wrong with West Indian cricket. You become a test player and you believe that you are above criticism. He should be concentrating on moving his average from 20 to at least 35, so that when (SIR Viv to you Ramdin) is asked about our wicket keeper he can reply: "Well he's doin all right"

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

I am sure,this feat by a number 11 will not be repeated or exceeded for a very,very long time.This yet again shows how exuberant Tino Best is as a cricketer and the maturity that has taken place with him,he was waited 3 years to represent the West Indies again,after earlier this year touring in 5 ODI's without getting a game.He started his return with the bat,then more importantly,finished it with the ball,one can only hope for consistency with his bowling and even at aged 30 years,he is far from an old man,and still has something to offer West Indies cricket,what a fantastic,energetic character not just for West Indies ,but for world cricket,a man who bleeds cricket with a never say die attitude.

Posted by yocasi on (June 10, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Tino, you caused all my tomato and pepper plants to wilt! Here I was, thinking I'd watch the last rites of the innings and head to the garden after 10 - 15 minutes, but Tino knew Best. I don't think that I enjoyed any of the Lara classics as much as I did Tino's. A real showman. We love you, Tino.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Your windows must've been trembling Freddie !

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 10, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

What an exciting innings from Tino! He came out thrashing, and all this after England had virtually wrapped up the innings by taking the penultimate wicket in the very first over of the day. What started off as a slog- a- ball, some very ugly, developed into crisp drives and then pure 20/20 cricket. A great day for cricket lovers. People were questioning the point of a test match that lasts just over a day, Tino gave those who turned up a reason to watch. England won't mind: they've won the series and the weather decided the match, but Flintoff's classic sledge of 'Mind the windows' has been thoroughly put to rest. Well played lad.

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Mark Nicholas A prolific and stylish middle-order batsman for Hampshire, Mark Nicholas was unlucky never to have played for England, but after captaining his county to four major trophies he made his reputation as a presenter, commentator and columnist. Named the UK Sports Presenter of the Year in 2001 and 2005 by the Royal Television Society, he has commentated all over the world, from the World Cup in the West Indies to the Indian Premier League. He now hosts the cricket coverage for Channel 9 in Australia and Channel 5 in England.

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