Shane Watson and Ian Bell and what they have in common

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We wrote about Shane Watson and Ian Bell over at The Wisden Cricketer. We said that they weren’t hugely popular in their respective countries, perhaps because they were overly serious. We also said that Shane Watson couldn’t bowl.

Shortly after the post went up, both Bell and Watson scored hundreds and the commenters have laid into us, saying that these hundreds prove our article wrong somehow. You’ll love it. We get called an idiot, childish and are advised to stop working.

Also, if you want to see a spectacularly clunking repetition of the phrase ‘all manner of’ in an article about people taking guard in ludicrous and implausible ways, take a look at our latest piece for Cricinfo.


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  1. Love the tap scratch dig piece, KC.

    I have written in defenc eof your regalness on that uncouth blog; let’s see if my kind words get through the moderator there!

  2. Absolutely not. The moderator there seems quite happy with crass and offensive language.

    Indeed, I thought it was the lack of such that might lead to the posting’s exclusion.

  3. You do realise that no one would ever have noticed the repetition of ‘all manner of’ except that you brought it up?

    Get a grip man! Learn to back yourself! Haydos would never have done that.

  4. As the moderator at Wisden Cricketer seems to be asleep, I thought I should cut and paste my comment on that blog here:

    “Great article, KC. Don’t let the nasty people around here upset you.

    Ged Ladd suggests that you should continue with the regal first person plural, while Ged Ladd will persevere with the Vaughanesque third person.”

  5. You are an idiot. And childish. Also that ‘scratch tap’ thing is implausible and ludicrious. Please stop all manner of work. Idiot.

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