He bowls a heavy ball

Apparently Ravi Bopara is ‘quicker than he looks’. This is a moronic statement that’s often made about a bowler. ‘He skids onto you a bit’ is another. Very rarely does anyone actually mean that the ball is delivered at such a low angle that the ball skids rather than bounces.

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Harmison in the wickets

Pretty good, but he can do better still. We won’t really be satisfied until he runs through a side. That’s what Steve Harmison’s supposed to do – the Dreamland Steve Harmison who we regularly summon up when things aren’t going England’s way. The not-at-all-real Steve Harmison who embodies English cricketing

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