Danish Kaneria outwits Mitchell Johnson

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WaftOne thing we don’t like about modern cricket is the long batting order. We want to see the best batsmen against the best bowlers and then we want the lower order to just fold so that we can get on to the next innings.

In truth, these long batting orders are no such thing. Test pitches are more forgiving these days, so mediocre batsmen can score well. Yesterday, Mitchell Johnson – a reasonable batsman with a Test hundred – was asked a couple of questions by the man who sounds like he should be a Nordic aviary, Danish Kaneria. Mitchell Johnson did not have the answers.

If it were a French test, Johnson would have said ‘boeuf?’ in the vain hope that might have made sense. It didn’t.

A couple of wide deliveries were left alone. Johnson looked like he knew what he was doing, but they were wide enough he could leave them without needing to know which they were spinning.

A straighter ball then had to be played at because if it were a leg break, it would have hit the stumps. Was it a leg break? No, it was a googly. Johnson’s defensive push missed it by about a foot. “Boeuf?”

Next ball was fractionally wider and maybe a bit fuller. Is it the googly again, Mitchell? Kaneria’s leg break splattered the stumps.


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  1. Johnson said “boeuf” – Marcus North’s reply was more “oeuf”.

    Meanwhile, on the subject of entertainment, Pakistan are deep in trouble on 83 for 5 (Watson got the fifth wicket with the first ball of his over). This is obviously the time for the incoming batsman to shut up sho.., sorry, finish the over on 14 with a strike rate of 280.

    Go Pakistan!

  2. that was hell of a leg spin bowling over, after a long time duly enjoyed, seems like it was rare recently since Warne.

    Hopefully Kaneria will keep producing such overs here and there for our appetite.

  3. I frequently feel sorry for the Pakistan team for the bedlam that seems to beset them like flies around a dustbin, but they can get stuffed from now on.

    Any team that lets Watto get a fivefor at Lords deserves no sympathy of mine.

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