Or is he running towards him?
Is it even Darren Sammy?
Who knows? Not us – although we’ve named the image file Darren-Sammy.jpg, so that’s quite a big commitment. Never let it be said that we aren’t a risk-taker.
The photo’s from 2007. If you’re wondering why we’re publishing eight year old photos of West Indies players confronting or fleeing from streakers, it’s because all the coverage of the current West Indies tour is depressing and we eventually concluded that we didn’t have anything we wanted to say.
This post feels a bit flimsy. Maybe we could make a joke referring to that ‘Changing energy?’ advert; something about the guy running out of energy halfway through getting changed.
No, with hindsight, we should have just left things where they were. That last paragraph’s only made things worse.
We think that’s what it is. Or maybe it’s just a conventional sports bra and therefore entirely normal.
The image comes from an ECB video that’s largely about how hot it is in the UAE. Jos appears shortly after Mark Wood has said: “We’ve had lads grabbing ice and putting them in strange places.”
We like that ice is a ‘them’ to Wood.
All those ices. So many ices. Maybe he considers them people.
In their normal clothes.
The video this image is taken from is the very definition of ‘intensity’.
Brace yourselves for some electrifying cricket before clicking the link.
Here’s a picture of them brandishing their membership cards whilst wearing their normal clothes.
It’s like they always say in Ashington: ‘No matter what you’re doing, always remain visible while protecting your head, hands and eyes.’
They have some damn catchy slogans up in Ashington.
A ‘balls’ joke.
You can tell we’re on holiday.
As most of you know, this site uses pictures taken by Sarah Ansell. While perusing her site last week, we found this beauty:
We like the way the ball is behind his head.
As a batsman, it’s never good to have the ball behind your head. This is never more true than when it has arrived there via the stumps.
Not at the same time – that would be MENTAL.
Here he is with the scissors:
And here he is with a cup of tea:
If you’re wondering what’s going on here, our correspondent said that Mark was at “some sort of thing”.
Ne says: “I saw this.”
We asked where it was taken.
He said: “In Cardiff. I think.”
We asked if he had anything else to add.
Ne added that it was taken “in a park”.
“Discretionary wealth managers JM Finn & Co have appointed legendary former England wicket keeper Alec Stewart as their brand ambassador.”
And another tiny piece of all of us dies.
Rob Steen has written a great piece for Cricinfo about the generally sorry state of cricket photography. Basically, a lot of the agency people couldn’t give a toss about cricket and reaction shots are an easy way to get something vaguely usable.
Steen mentions the highly regarded Patrick Eagar as someone who gets good shots because he actually gives a shit about what he’s doing. This, to us, seems to be the key.
Friend of the site Sarah Comma Canterbury is another with the necessary enthusiasm. What was a hobby has led to her becoming an official photographer for Kent, which is the way these things should work in our opinion.
Her site does feature reaction shots, because reaction shots aren’t intrinsically bad, but it also features a lot of action shots.
One thing you will realise, if you look through her stuff for any length of time, is that she has an uncanny knack for capturing the moment at which a batsman’s stumps go wonky.
We like the picture below. You wonder how the ball’s got where it is, but if you follow Darren Stevens’ gaze, you realise.
We also like this one because we’re struck by the sinews and the spindly legs.
Agency photographers may have technical qualifications, but they lack one vital quality. Sarah simply takes pictures of what interests her. Most cricket fans want to see the same things, only we’re all shit at photography.