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Good news for any West Midlands-based fans of under-exposed world class Bangladeshi all-rounders (of which, no doubt, there are many) – Worcestershire have signed Shakib Al Hasan for 2010. “I am thrilled and inspired to be joining the team once graced by Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Vikram Solanki”, he didn’t quite say.

Does this mean that Bangladeshi cricket is finally showing up on county administrators’ radar? Or just that Simon Jones’ massive medical bills mean that the Royals can’t afford anyone with a higher profile?

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Former England, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Surrey bowling all-rounder Chris Lewis was arrested yesterday following the discovery of 4 kilos of Cocaine by UK Border Agency staff at Gatwick Aiport.

Lewis was previously best known for failing to wear a hat, getting a puncture, failing to be the new Botham and playing county cricket at the grand old age of 40.

I suspect this latest development might trump most of those in terms of significance when he is referred to in future.

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Ryan Sidebottom has has taken a hat-trick against New Zealand to finish the 4th day with second-innings figures of 5-37.

Even if he takes both of New Zealand’s remaining wickets with the first two balls of the 5th day, he’ll still be some way short of Curtly Ambrose’s 7 for 1 against Australia.

Other top-notch bowling performances which deserve another airing are Beefy’s 5-11 (including a spell of 5 for 1), and Anil Kumble’s 10-wicket haul against Pakistan.

Oh, and Jim Laker’s 19 wickets in a Test merits another view.

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In honour of that Aussie fella who’s calling it a day, here are the Ten Cricketers who Could Have You in a Fight:

  • Ian Botham. Obviously.
  • Andrew Symonds. He hunts wild animals with his bare hands. Do you? Thought not.
  • Inzamam-ul-Haq. A big man, but out of shape? Well, when a spectator called him a ‘potato’, Inzy went at him with a menace and vigour not normally associated with ‘larger’ gents. So maybe those fat jokes are best kept to yourself.
  • Ian Chappell. As Mike Brearley put it ,”..Ian Chappell as a captain turns a cricket match into gang warfare”. And the ‘Ugly Australians’ were quite a gang.
  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Shot a policeman in Guyana. Admittedly, Shiv had mistaken him for a mugger, but how many cricketers have revolvers?
  • Shoaib Akhtar. Especially if he was armed with a cricket bat (or indeed a cricket ball), or if you were one of his team-mates.
  • Adam Gilchrist. Looks like he’s just stepped out of a bar-room brawl, and often talks like it too. Although some in England have a sneaking suspicion he may be all mouth and no trousers, not many have taken the risk of finding out.
  • C B Fry. He played in an FA Cup final, held the long-jump world record, batted for England and was offered the throne of Albania. Chances are, he was probably quite handy in a fight as well.
  • Shahid Afridi. He, is , quite frankly, properly mental. Who knows what he’d be capable of in a fight?
  • Javed Miandad. Famously took on Dennis Lillee, with bat wielded “like a deranged javelin thrower”.
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