Mohammad Amir’s back!

Photo by Sarah Ansell

Photo by Sarah Ansell

As in ‘returned’. He hasn’t got ankylosing spondylitis or anything.

It’s also worth pointing out that that’s a younger version of his back in the photo above. Younger head too. Same age as the back, in fact – 2010 vintage.

What are the odds on Mohammad Amir getting a wicket first ball? This feels like one of those occasions. We’re a great lover of damp squibs and anticlimaxes, but this doesn’t feel like it’s going to be one. Or maybe the world is toying with us and he’ll pull out of the Test with a minor groin strain.

Speaking of groins, whatever happened to Gary Ballance’s groin has unhappened and he will play. A batsman seemingly designed to fall to late swing from left armers, he’ll no doubt be delighted by Amir’s presence.

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15 Appeals

  1. Brilliant hover caption from anyone but yourself KC – but given your lofty standards, Amir drop in the ocean.

  2. An utterly squeaky bum early evening but a blissfully happy ending:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/946883.html

    Shove it. Middlesex are the best team in the whole world.

    Now it’s throdkin-o’clock, so I’ll be in the kitchen. I might be gone quite some time.

  3. From the BBC text commentary:

    “The place that remains unchanged? Lord’s.

    As it was now and ever shall be.

    The Grace Gates, a queue of vintage men in daft trousers, the slope, the Nursery End, the spaceship media centre.

    The lush green, the champagne, the Long Room, the history and tradition.

    The home of cricket.”

    Posted here specifically to make KC twitch in funny ways. I’m sorry King, you have some cruel courtiers.

    • King Cricket

      July 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

      What is it about the Home of Corks that makes everyone list various aspects of it in dewy-eyed Ron Manager style?

      Why is the Lord’s verbal collage a thing?

      • Old Trafford.

        The queues for the tram.

        The biggest Tesco I’ve ever seen.

        No cash machines for miles (apart from the one outside a newagent that charges you to take money out).

        The drizzle.

        Old Trafford.

  4. An over of Agnew and Boycott and I’ve got a smile the size of frying pan.

  5. Two drops and a failed run-out thus far. Quickly moving into “angry [x]” territory here, or would be if the pitch wasn’t so soporific to drain any emotions.

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