The birth of a comedy blog!

17 08 2012

I’m delighted to introduce my new comedy cricket blog: http://cowscorner.wordpress.com/

ICB will now house serious cricket articles whilst Cows Corner will be home to articles based on the lighter side of the game. I urge you to follow both!

I have also now joined the twitter revolution; please follow me @CowsCorner for an often-comedic but sometimes serious outlook on the game.





Collapse

12 01 2012

A freak event occurred yesterday. Massive, in fact. Sri Lanka collapsed for just 43 runs, chasing South Africa’s total of 301. Words cannot describe the events that took place in that innings. Credit must go to the SA bowlers for bowling well, though. Lopsy looked like a new bowler, nipping the ball into the right handers and getting lots of bounce.

King Kallis displayed his tremendous class yet again before being run out. Hashim Amla was dominant as usual, and AB smashed the bowlers around the park with ease.

The Sri-Lankan bowlers, with the exception of Slinger Malinga, just put the ball on the pitch and hoped for the best. The batsmen… well there’s not much to say, is there?

Onwards to East London, then, where South Africa will hope to maintain their dominance. Sri Lanka will look to bounce back, and bounce back they should, if only for their fans.





Sledging showdown

10 01 2012

The treaty between Australia and India has been discarded with the violence of a rabid lion. After accusing the Indian team of being fragile mentally, Brad Haddin was told by Zaheer Khan that his keeping was fragile and that he should focus on that. The best, although well hidden, comment came from Peter Siddle, however. He was plagued with questions about the war of words at a press conference and handled them diplomatically before, according to Cricinfo, slipping in: “Brad’s a very competitive cricketer. He does like to play it hard and fair. Me and Jimmy like to bowl bouncers, stuff like that.” Suddenly being excluded from the Test team sounds sweeter to Suresh Raina!

In other news, SA take on SL in an interesting ODI series starting tomorrow. With Malinga and Kulasekara into the lineup, SL are a much scarier prospect in the middle version of the game and SA will have to be at their best. England look to crush a resurgent Pakistan with a Bresnan-less attack. If any English arrogance leads to sloppiness, Pakistan will jump at the opportunity. Some great cricket will be on display in the coming weeks, and that’s always good news for a cricket fan!





The keeper conundrum

29 12 2011

Calls for Mark Boucher’s head are ringing out like a businessman’s cellphone. The conundrum placed at the selectors’ feet, however, is more complicated than “does he go?” There are multiple options that are available to them.

Replace him like for like.This is the most popular and “safe” choice. It wou

Jacques Kallis at a training session at the Ad...

This man needs to step up. {Image via Wikipedia}

ld mean that we could stick to the Test match line up benchmark – 6 batsmen, 1 wicket keeper, 4 bowlers. Keeping options for this role are Daryn Smit, Dane Vilas, Thami Tsolekile and the dark horse, 19 year old Quinton de Kock.

Opening batsman keeper. Heino Kuhn has done this job for the Titans in the past and with two out-of-form openers in the team at the moment, this choice could kill two birds with one stone. Kuhn is no slouch with the bat as his first class average of 44.44 indicates. I would endorse this idea were it to be emplaced.

Give AB the gloves. Hear me out on this one. It would be highly controversial, but it could also work heavily in our favour. AB is not a batsman we rely on to anchor our innings – he is a stroke player who thrives when allowed to play his shots. He doesn’t have the weight of holding the batting together on his shoulders, so the keeping job shouldn’t hamper him too much. If this idea were to be implemented, our out-of-form batting line up could be strengthened with an extra pure bat. It would be a risky move, but if it failed, the selectors could fall back on one of the other ideas.

Finally: Leave Boucher in the team. Sure, he may seem a liability with the bat, but his experience and high-quality glovework could prove invaluable to the team.

My vote would got to either Heino Kuhn or AB. They are the two most risky ideas, but in my opinion they are the two that could reap the most rewards.

Meanwhile South Africa look to chase a world record-challenging 450 run target. This batting line up has the ability to reach it against the Sri Lankan bowling line up, but their current form doesn’t heap confidence onto the fans. Kallis and Smith need to step up – Smith in particular needs to find his dominant streak. The following line from a nursery rhyme applies brilliantly to his batting: “When he was good, he was very very good, but when he was bad, he was horrid.”

Congratulations to Australia for winning the 1st Test against India – they look to be developing a high-quality bowling line up.

 





Happy Christmas from ICB!

25 12 2011

I, eagerBrad, wish all readers a happy Christmas. In this crazy festive season, I urge all Sri Lankan batsmen not to drink and drive, as the SA bowlers will be thankful for the edges.





Cricket Philosoraptors – #1

21 12 2011

I will be creating philosoraptor images based on cricket. Read more here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/philosoraptor

 

Is Hashim Amla's beard called an orfa?

Feel free to post your views below!





Reader Feedback

18 12 2011

As you have probably noticed, I’ve changed the layout of the blog. Do you guys like it? Any other site suggestions? Any topics you would like me to write on? Anybody want a cookie?

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