Tell you what, you’ve got to be pretty darned lucky to be branded ‘a son of a gun’ on this site. Luke Pomersbach is that lucky.
Pomersbach plays for Western Australia, but he’s currently serving a ban because he’s a big ole booze hound. Rumour has it that he was caught with his nose in a post-prandial port after dining with Salman Rushdie and Noam Chomsky.
Anyway, our Luke decides that he’ll take advantage of his enforced absence by soaking up a bit of Twenty20 fun at the Waca where Australia were playing New Zealand.
As he arrived at the ground, he received an urgent phone call from the Australian team management asking him if he’d fill in for Brad Hodge who’d knacked his back.
The lucky son of a gun. Think of the savings. Even allowing for Twenty20’s foreshortened nature, he’s still looking at a net saving of at least £20 on beer. That’s like free money.
We’ve never once been called from the crowd to represent England and we’ve seen several of their one-day matches, so it’s not like we wouldn’t have strengthened the side.