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I’m so late to the party, I may as well direct you to Republique Cricket, Are YOU a Left-Arm Chinaman or The Googly.

What can I say? I’m too busy wondering if my questions have been answered to worry about such events.

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Dominic Cork has suggested dropping Michael Vaughan.

At the moment, Vaughan’s captaincy skills are keeping him in the side, but how bad a captain can you be if you have Ryan Sidebottom taking 7-47?

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I was going to do a Top Ten To Watch, but I’m lazy so I’m doing it in installments:

  • Sulieman Benn: I’ve already mentioned that Benn impressed me during the Stanford 20/20, and he’s currently making his Test debut for the West Indies.

Now, sit back and watch them squander their opportunities like lottery winners going back to work.

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Like a pair of schoolboys who had been forced to give up runs for Lent, Ian Bell and Andrew Strauss gorged themselves yesterday on the New Zealand attack. It was less buffet bowling than smörgåsbord bowling.

New Zealand, by contrast, face a gargantuan task to save the match and the series. If Fleming makes a big score, then something positive could come out of the game from the Black Caps’ perspective, but that will probably be the best they can hope for at the moment.

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Anything England can do, New Zealand can do better, or rather worse.

Ryan Sidebottom continued his recent good form, taking best ever figures of 7-47. This will no doubt add weight to the argument that he is one of the best in the world at what he does.

Also continuing his recent form, although in this case not so much good as god-awful, is Jack Davenport lookalike (and England captain) Michael Vaughan. The shot that got him out, off the third ball he faced, was properly mental.

Stephen Fleming now needs a fairly decent final Test innings of 54 to get his career average up above 40. If England’s batsmen break the habit of a winter and do their job properly, it could be a little while before he gets the chance.

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There are, in my opinion, two types of run out.

There is the type which is due to fantastic fielding, which South Africa seem to specialise in: see this AB Devillers effort, this flying leap from Jonty Rhodes, or similar athleticism from Herschelle Gibbs for proof. Even their domestic cricket seems to be full of such occurrences.

The other type of run out is where the blame lies entirely at the feet of one or both of the batsmen involved. South Africa are no strangers to this type, either. Perhaps my favourite example, though, is this double play. The first batsmen run out isn’t even holding a bat as he tries to make his ground.

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ICL vs ECB

The five players refused registration by the ECB, possibly on the grounds that they had played in the ICL, could be the subject of legal action.

This case could have wide-ranging consequences for other three-letter acronyms such as the IPL, ICC and PCB.

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