What is a bits and pieces cricketer?

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It’s the theme of the week. We thought we’d write about it for Cricinfo as well.

Chris Harris gets a mention, but we’re not sure we quite got across how much we like him, which is a shame. We really admired Harris’s approach to the game and we’re forever glad there was room for him in international cricket.

We’ve had a post saved as a draft for ages entitled ‘the slowest bowler of all time’. We’ve no idea what we were thinking when we wrote that, because the only thing we’ve written is just a fragment. We often make notes in this way, intending to flesh them out later on. That particular post reads: “Chris Harris bullet time moon ball” and nothing else.

Anyway, bits and pieces cricketers at Cricinfo. By us.


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  1. Well, now I can claim to have stimulated one of Alex Bowden’s Heavy balls, even if the result was a rather public, if anonymous, upbraiding.

    1. Feel that choice of words warrants some sort of response but don’t have anything to say.

  2. Would it be possible to get a comprehensive top 10 best-ever (worst-ever?) bits-and-pieces players? Or is this too much for a Friday? Or any day, for that matter.

  3. The article gets a B- at best. An entire piece about a fat cricketer without the mention of man-boobs. What’s the world coming to?

  4. Is it worth pointing out that Chris Harris’ first class record (both as a batsman and a bowler) is better than Samit Patel’s?

    Also, I’d posit that batting in the top 4 for your county doesn’t mean diddly-squat. Craig White and Ronnie Irani both did that. Craig White even opened (and Ronnie Irani also has a superior FC record to Patel in both disciplines).

  5. Everything that can be used to praise and/or patronise Chris Harris applies equally to new Zealand cricket in general. It’s amazingly useful for pissing off the fans.

  6. Dermot Reeve! I was going to ask if he’d done anything since he had to depart C4 a few years back, but it seems he got in a bit of trouble in Oz for selling Bradman autographs that may not have been authentic.

    1. He also accused Ravi Bopara of ball-tampering while coaching in New Zealand a couple of years ago.

  7. I’ve just read the teamsheet on Sky Sport News for England’s tour to Sri Lanka, and why is Swann not classed as an all rounder? He only averages 5 less than Broad and averages 2 more than Mitchell Johnson, who are both classed as all rounders.

    1. Don’t know if there’s really much rhyme nor reason to it, but it does occur to us that both Broad and Johnson have Test hundreds to their name.

    1. We actually had him in mind, but it turned out including him would have involved a bit of shoe-hornery.

  8. Writing about actual cricket in a whimsical manner is,it seems, far less fertile ground for the cricinfo opinion crop than your satirical skits.

    “Don’t give up your day job Alex” was about as entertaining as they got this time around.

    I hope you will return to baiting the gullible in future.

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