Mop-up of the last couple of days – Angelo Mathews still has work to do

For a good long while you could accurately gauge Sri Lanka’s score by whether or not Angelo Mathews was walking out to bat or not. If he was, they were 22-3. If he wasn’t, it was some other score.

A couple of recent batting finds had encouraged the notion that Mathews would no longer be obliged to be his team’s Shivnarine Chanderpaul as well as serving as captain and doing a load of bowling. This optimism may be unfounded, for against South Africa it has been business as usual.

Mathews appears to be back to leading by example regardless of whether or not anyone shows the faintest interest in following. It is at least very thoughtful of the rest of the cricket world to limit his workload by refusing to schedule many matches against his team.

Down in Melbourne, Pakistan are still batting and no-one really knows what it means because it’s still the first innings. Whether theirs proves to be a good team score or not, Azhar Ali’s unhurried rise continues.

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7 Appeals

  1. Please don’t go all uti on us, KC. Not at this time of year.

    We want animals displaying indifference to cricket, Rob Key doing anything, or, in extremis, “appropriate” facial hair:

    • King Cricket

      December 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

      We can assure you we don’t have a urinary tract infection.

    • I meant “uti”, as in “utilitarian”, not “UTI”, as in “urinary tract infection” – I would have hoped my use of lower case would have sufficed for meaning.

      In any case, although I might use the occasional abbreviation, I would never use a TLA on this site, KC, as I know how much you hate them.

    • A cross between Jacques Tati and Hercule Poirot.

  2. I come here mainly for the prosaic but sarcastic interpretation of test scorecards and the adverts for things I have already bought, thanks. None of this other stuff please.

    • It’s terrible isn’t it when someone in the house squeezes from the wrong end of the toothpaste tube first thing the morning? Sets you off in a right mood for the rest of the day.

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