This shouldn’t really need writing on an England cricket website, but there’s a lot of cynicism about so we thought we’d state our position.
We had what may or may not be considered a ‘Twitter rant’ earlier. We’d been reading various previews from various writers from various nations and had found ourself if not standing and humming the national anthem exactly then at least putting the kettle on for a nice cup of tea with milk in it. You know, something truly patriotic.
Our initial gripes were as follows:
- Everyone saying England are 20 years behind the times when it comes to one-day cricket
- The Aussies laying into us in ‘hilarious’ fashion
- English pessimism
But there was another one on top of that, which can best be summed up as ‘English non-cricket fan in pub who only notes major losses and says that England always lose’.
You know the guy. He says cricket’s boring. He’s a tool. Wouldn’t you want England to win the World Cup just to shut his stupid, everyman mouth?
Plus there’s the cricket
There’s also this assumption that what everyone else is doing is amazing and what England are doing is stupid.
People are still moaning about Alastair Cook not being dropped even now he’s gone and everyone seems to be focusing on Eoin Morgan’s poor form, even though he made a hundred against England’s first opponents all of four innings ago. In what world is a hundred against the World Cup favourites, in their home conditions, right before the World Cup, some sort of flimsy irrelevant feat? That’s the way it’s being presented at the minute. We’re having none of it.
As for the opposition, they’re not perfect. There’s much to admire about the Australian one-day side – they’re clearly favourites tomorrow and strong contenders overall – but they don’t have a spinner. Doesn’t that strike anyone as a weakness?
They’ve got the option of Xavier Doherty and they’ve got Glenn Maxwell who bowls some spin, but there isn’t really much going on in that department, is there? It probably won’t matter tomorrow and maybe it won’t matter at all, but it does seem like something that could potentially haunt them given the right circumstances. Worth mentioning at least.
Then there’s South Africa. They’re also hotly tipped and their top order’s immense, but it quite quickly becomes a little bit Farhaan Behardien lower down and then before you know it Morne Morkel’s in. It’s not a long batting line-up, is it? And what about India’s bowling, Sri Lanka’s middle order, West Indies squad selection and Pakistan’s innate Pakistannery?
All these teams have weaknesses, but yet England are the shit no-hopers.
We’re a bit sick of it and while we acknowledge they’re far from favourites, we really hope they do well – if only to shut up that generic non-cricket fan in the pub.