Who is Xavier Doherty?

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'All right Mrs Doherty, is your Xavier playing out today?'

Who ISN’T Xavier Doherty?

Friends of ours will tell you that one of our less endearing characteristics is a propensity to ask meaningless rhetorical questions when responding to direct requests for information.

Friend: “Which turning is it?”
Us: “Which turning ISN’T it?”

Friend: “Where did you get that prosciutto from?”
Us: “Where DIDN’T we get that prosciutto from?”

We’ll try and treat our readers better than that. Xavier Doherty is a left-arm spinner whose name is more exciting than he is as a cricketer. He’s a one-day specialist and Australia have called him up to play Sri Lanka.

Why would they call up Xavier Doherty? Why wouldn’t they call up Xavier Doherty?


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  1. is he the first man with an X starting his name to play international cricket?

    one for ‘ask steven’ i think.

  2. King seems very annoying to meet if all he does is answer rhetorical questions like that.

    Further to previous, match-report comments, who’s still keen to meet him?

  3. Doharty seems to be Australia’s answer to Pattinson. Now the ECB, in this mad race to call up shit cricketers, have picked Jarrod Kimber in the Ashes squad. This has been received with considerable criticism because sections of the media believe he is still better than Monty Panesar.

  4. Ozzie spin bowling is certainly in need of a Xavier right now.

    You should expect nothing more and nothing less of me, your majesty. Frankly I was surprised to get here this late in the piece and for that pun to still be available.

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