Monty Panesar’s back

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

It may not be the first time we’ve made that joke – it may not be the first time we’ve made that joke about Monty Panesar – but come on. Some events warrant special attention.

So what are the pros and cons of Monty Panesar being in England’s XI for the second Test in Abu Dhabi?


Monty Panesar is playing.



So there you go, it’s a 100 per cent brilliant decision with no downside.

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23 Appeals

  1. It’s funny because it’s crushingly predictable.

  2. Did you have to remove the picture from the September 2010 post?

    • King Cricket

      January 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

      We’ve removed a large number of images from the site because we can’t say for certain where they came from.

    • Are extradition warrants pending?

    • They came from the internet? Should be a good enough answer.

    • King Cricket

      January 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      It isn’t.

      We found one of our articles published under someone else’s name the other day. The images used within it were taken from Wikipedia. This leads us to conclude that photographers are more likely to be able to afford lawyers than writers.

  3. Bowling well so far apart from the odd ‘hit me ball’ in the words of Michael Vaughan.

    I promised you a match report from the Dubai test but totally forgot. In a box tomorrow down in Abu Dhabi so will do one from there instead…

    • King Cricket

      January 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Can you not remember what happened in Dubai?

      You know we don’t publish match reports until at least a month after the game in question, right? Time is most definitely NOT of the essence.

    • ps don’t mean to brag about the box bit but they are the only place in the ground where you can get alcohol!

  4. Ah, heaven. I only got to watch about 20 miutes on the iPad on the train this morning, but even in that brief period, Bumble was fulsome about the size of Monty’s hands and the length of his fingers. It as if after revisiting the 90’s last week we are having a montage to bring us back up to date and we are passing through 2007.

  5. Cricket timequake, the Smudge.

    • I will confess I’ve not read it, but the Wikipedia page inclues the words ennui, arbitrarily, apathy, ramble, tangent and the phrase “no free will” so it is no doubt apt.

    • The universe hiccups and we all have to relive the last 10 years in exactly the same way as first time round, hence the debate about free will. 10 years on autopilot. That’s all.

    • Please say that it isn’t true, DC. Because there’s a 2004 kebab that I’d really rather not re-experience.

    • King Cricket

      January 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Pipe down there. There’s a 2004 kebab we really would like to re-experience.

    • It is true. And when we catch up where we left off, everyone falls over. We’re all walking on autopilot – have been for 10 years – then suddenly free will is back and everyone has to balance themselves again. We haven’t done it for a decade, so we fall over.

    • sounds like a charlie brooker show.

      without the pig sex and talent shows and brain chips

    • KC – somebody should write something about Brad Hogg. Or at the very least just compile a list of facts.

    • King Cricket

      January 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Patience, pushy.

  6. Oh – there’s pig sex in it.

    • Thank god. Something I can understand.

    • King Cricket

      January 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      On an entirely unrelated note, here’s a recent quote from the man Australia have brought back into their Twenty20 side at the age of 40, Brad Hogg:

      “I grew up on a farm and did a lot of sheep work and that.”

    • It is the combination of erudition and animal sex jokes which keeps me coming back to this site.

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