OK, as I tried to write before, but was prevented from doing so by wordpress, I have rather ignored this blog in favour of keeping up to date on the main vehicle, Seven and Seven Eighths, and I sort of plan to cross post when I do major cricket stuff leaving this more for photos and more specialist stuff, like Surrey and local moans. So if you see a post on Seven and Seven on cricket, I’ll probably post it here, and add other stuff on. Sort of like the Director’s Cut!
I’ve ignored this site because I really haven’t paid a lot of heed to cricket recently other than my visit to Whitgift last week. I didn’t give a shit about the World Cup, couldn’t care less which team of advertising billboards wins the IPL, a competition that seems to last longer than most marriages, and post-Ashes, we could all do with a break. I’ve not even bought the 2011 Wisden yet!
Cricket By Dmitri, formerly known as How Did We Lose In Adelaide, will continue and will be run with Seven and Seven Eighths – to maximise hits of course! It was founded on several absolute principles that have not varied over time:
1. Kevin Pietersen is England’s best batsman until I tell you he is not. I am honest.
2. I would quite like Ian “In the form of his life” Bell to score big runs at crucial times. I am still waiting. Don’t talk to me about Sydney.
3. I preferred Brian Lara in his pomp to Sachin in his. I now realise this makes me persona non grata in India.
4. My second favourite international side is the West Indies and what they are now makes me terribly sad. If they revive, I will be with them!
5. When people said Freddie Flintoff was the world’s best all-rounder, they were clearly on hallucinogenic drugs as I swear Jacques Kallis’s career started before Preston’s finest, and is still going on. Imagine, a man averaging the same as Tendulkar and taking 270 wickets at around Freddie’s average. Give me the big lump every time – he bowls like a Trojan.
6. Graham Thorpe is England’s most under-appreciated player in my lifetime. “What else does he bring to the party except runs” should be the statement that precludes Mike Gatting from ever having a selection role again. He was dropped for KP, when the question should have been how the hell Ian Bell got selected in front of him. Big tons against Bangladesh, eh?
7. This blog actively wants India and Australia to lose, but does admire their teams (the 2000s Aussie more so). That they are even compared speaks volumes for how test cricket has declined.
8. Chris Adams is a prat and must go. Surrey need to get shot of this rampant ego who is finding it tougher now he doesn’t have a Mushtaq Ahmed to take 100 wickets a season. A charlatan, a fraud.
9. I am fed up with England players not getting BIG scores. It seems un-English to go past 250. No-one else seems to have this problem. A world where Chris Gayle has two test triple tons, and no England player has reached that level in 20 years is not right.
10. I don’t really care about bowlers that much, except ones who fail drugs tests and whose authority, from a nation really vociferous on cheating in sport, copped out and gave him half a ban. Then I care.
11. Sky’s commentating team are, in the main, a travesty. Michael Holding is the Jamaican Boycott – a curmudgeon stuck in the old days. David Lloyd is perilously close to lapsing into a parody. David Gower has gone from amiable bloke, to a boring rambler. Nasser Insane lives up to his moniker on here – I seriously would not be surprised if he is certified loony at some point. Only Atherton seems to live up to some sort of billing, but that isn’t saying much. As for Sir Ian Aspergers, there is not enough scope on these pages to adequately capture what I think is wrong with this man, save a man with such evident Attention Deficit Disorder is about as suited to cricket commentary as I am to rhythmic gymnastics.
12. Did I say I liked KP?
13. I love taking pictures at cricket and will share them with you. I still have not put my best ever picture online! One day, I might!
14. 20/20 is a shocking abomination and the future of the game. That in itself makes me a retired colonel from Tunbridge Wells putting pen to paper to the Telegraph and signing myself “disgusted”. Damn colonials.
15. This blog pays homage to Mark Ramprakash.
16. This blog does not believe Bangladesh should be playing test cricket, and give it 10 years more it might be more appropriate. A thought – Ireland are more qualified now than Bangladesh were in 1999.
And on that note, onwards we go to the 1st Test at Cardiff between England and the shell of Sri Lanka. Could be a good contest.