This is the quite unbelievable watch that Kevin Pietersen wears.
You’ll never have seen him wearing it, because he doesn’t wear it when he does what he’s good at (cricket). He wears it when he’s being a normal person who’s in no way exceptional.
This is a watch for when talented people are being rubbish like the rest of us. It’s the timepiece equivalent of Clark Kent’s glasses. This watch is the very symbol of adopted mediocrity.
However, at least it is ‘fuelled by light’.
“Its revolutionary Eco-Drive technology harnesses the power of light and converts it into energy which is stored in a permanently rechargeable battery. It recharges continuously in any kind of light to run forever. Put simply, a watch that never needs a battery – simply unstoppable, like KP.”
Or alternatively: It’s solar powered.23 Appeals
Early in Brad Haddin’s innings, they showed his average on screen. It was 26. Someone, possibly Ian Healy, said that figure would be closer to 40 before too long. After 169 against New Zealand, Haddin now averages 36 in Tests, which seems a fairer figure.
If you’ve never seen Brad Haddin before, just imagine an Australian wicketkeeper. Now imagine an even more generic version of an Australian wicketkeeper. Now try again, but EVEN MORE generic. Now you’ve got it. It looks like that green hat’s part of his actual head.
According to Cricinfo, Brad Haddin’s nickname is BJ. This is presumably due to his initials, but we’re not sure we’d want to venture into international cricket with a nickname like that.
Honestly, who’d want to draw attention to the fact that they were a bachelor of journalism?7 Appeals
It’d be just like Hayden to hit a hundred as well – just to spite us.
In honour of this momentous achievement, Hayden’s been answering the questions that you’ve all been asking these last 14 years. These are the questions on everyone’s lips.
What is the fabric of playing for the baggy green?
“Anyone that’s got into the Australian cricket team has had to have their personal challenges met, and they’ve confronted those and conquered them – that’s just what it means to play for Australia, that’s the fabric of playing for the baggy green.”
How do you guarantee the best result in terms of how you prepare yourself?
“Matthew Hayden in 1991 worked as hard as he works in 2008. And that guarantees you at least the best result in terms of how you prepare yourself, but it doesn’t guarantee success.”
What do you do to letters of the alphabet when you celebrate?
“We all enjoy celebrating. What has changed now is we have taken it to a new level in terms of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s professionally.”
How many percent has Ponting been behind you throughout your career? And don’t say more than a hundred, because, by definition, a hundred’s the maximum.
“Ricky’s been a thousand per cent behind me for my entire career.”
That was a stupid question on our part. Support’s not a concept that can be measured in terms of percentage anyway. Nor is effort. Nor is fitness. Take note, the world of cricket.23 Appeals
This probably doesn’t warrant an update all of its own and it probably doesn’t need saying, but if England were touring Pakistan and Karachi had been attacked, the Tests would be more off than last year’s milk in the midday sun.
We’re not saying that England should be touring. We’re not saying they shouldn’t be touring. We’re just saying that there’s one rule for one and another rule for the other and the difference between the two is nowt but cash.19 Appeals
So, having lost an overlong four match one-day series, England are now one down in the subsequent three match series. That’s what’s happening, right?
Recently we’ve read a few things about England being left behind in one-day cricket. This rather insinuates that they’ve caught sight of the peloton at some point in the last 10 years. England aren’t being left behind. That happened long ago.
But they’re not THAT bad. Some say that since the IPL all the Indian players have developed magic skills, like slower balls and ‘clearing the front leg’. To us, that’s not so much the IPL as one-day cricket in India. It’s a different game. It’s a different place.
England have never played the grand, six-hitting style of the game well. It’s the nature of one-day cricket in India and their players get a lot of practice at it. Clear the front leg in England and quite often you might as well turn that foot movement into your first step towards the pavilion.
That’s not to say that England haven’t been a bit duff. They’re professionals and they’re supposed to be adaptable. They’ve made some bad decisions and not helped their cause, but essentially they’re playing a talented, committed, well-drilled side in their home conditions and they’re getting soundly beaten.
Consult our Wisden Cricketer post from earlier in the week for some less even-tempered thoughts. The phrase ‘knobhead competition’ features.7 Appeals
D Charlton writes:
Because I was on holiday in Italy, I couldn’t go to the game. And, despite Michael Di Venuto scoring lots of runs for Durham this season, the Italians aren’t very good at giving the score.
But there are lots of cathedrals and big churches, so I thought it wouldn’t be a problem. These places always have the answer to everything. All I had to do was ask.
I’m not massively into God, so I thought I’d just go up and knock. They have huge doors these cathedrals – I figured it’d be okay.
So, to find out who had won the toss, I went to the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence.
That’s me by the door.
No answer. Not to worry, I’m sure I’ll find somewhere else.
The next day I came to Santa Maria di Provenzano in Siena and knocked again – maybe the rain had stopped by now.
Still no answer. What is the point in having such big doors if you never use them?
Then to the Duomo in Pienza. Same big doors, same gracious knock, same blank scoreline. I figured it wasn’t going Durham’s way.
At least the Santa Maria Assunta in Montepulciano seemed less pretentious.
Finally, I decided to go home to find the score. I packed my bag (you can see it), tried one last cathedral – Basilica di Santa Maria Novella in
No reply. I left Italy.
Does religion really have any answers?16 Appeals
Ricky Ponting’s been fined again because Australia have been dithering about not bowling their overs. Why it’s happening is such a mystery that Cricket Australia even began a study at the Gabba to monitor every minute of time lost during New Zealands’ innings.
During the match, Australia made some efforts to save time. Here is our advice regarding each time-saving measure.
Bowlers hurried back to their marks
Bowlers should not then become stationary for six minutes having attained that spot.
Left hats by the boundary
The location of headwear has no bearing on the duration of overs. The Baggy Green doesn’t increase wind resistance all that much, regardless of its poor design.
Used Michael Hussey to ferry caps to the umpires between overs
Maybe try using a fielder who isn’t patrolling the boundary. Boundary fielders have a long journey to make to the umpires and this will only elongate stoppages.
We still believe that Australia should implement our one point guide to getting through overs in a timely manner:
(1) Get a move on.
If Cricket Australia need help putting this into practice, we’d be happy to chair a committee dedicated to creating some sort of special agency that could be responsible for enforcing the main thrust of this blueprint.12 Appeals
He was in ‘an altercation’ with some guy in a pub. Apparently the other guy, an official in the Aussie armed forces, asked for a picture with Symonds and when the hulking all-rounder said no, threw a couple of punches at him.
That’s not the shocking part though. If truth be told, it sounds like Symonds is a target for bell-ends and didn’t really do too much wrong by his standards. The shocking part comes in a quote from a manager of the pub where he was drinking. Note ‘a manager’, not ‘the manager’. How many Australians does it take to manage a pub?
Anyway, this manager said: “I had a beer with Andrew. He was on the light beers.”
From what we’ve learnt, Australian light beers can be as little as 2.7%. You know what that is?
Stuart Broad appears to have been to a barber’s in India. We’ve deduced this by the fact that he’s now got a nice, sensible side-parting, where before he had an effete, highlighted mullet.
If you go to a barber’s in India, you can ask for what you like, but more often than not, what they’ll hear is “a nice, sensible side-parting please”. We had multiple haircuts in India. They were inevitably nice, sensible side-partings.
If Stuart Broad is a wise man, then he’d also have asked for a shave. Getting a shave at a barber’s in India is one of the best things a man can do. You get a brilliant facial massage and you can pretend that you didn’t know it was going to happen. A facial massage while retaining a firm and robust sense of your own masculinity – what could be better?
We write altogether too many updates about cricketers’ hair, don’t we? We don’t care. We have a firm and robust sense of our own masculinity.17 Appeals
People who decide man of the match awards are stupid. If there are loads of runs in the match, man of the match adjudicators think the batsmen have all batted really well and pick the guy who scored the most. If it’s a really low-scoring game, they think the bowlers have done really well and pick the guy with the best figures.
That’s such shite. This Australia v New Zealand match featured four low scores. Out of 44 individual innings, only three were over 40. Simon Katich carried his bat for 130 not out and he wasn’t man of the match. Mitchell Johnson was for nine cheap wickets.4 Appeals