19th November 2013
Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks
Each week for Mason & Guests I compile and broadcast a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, with a few “Did You Know, Andrew?” facts thrown in. Here’s this week’s round-up:
“The 1st Test of the Ashes begins Wednesday evening at 8pm ECT. England won their final warm up match v an Invitational XI by 7 wickets. The Australian press have been trying to unsettle England with media campaigns against captain, Alastair Cook, dubbing him a boring and unimaginative leader; and Kevin Pietersen, who they allege is disliked by even his own team mates. The Test at Brisbane tomorrow will be Pietersen’s 100th.”
This week’s question: the 2nd Test between India & West Indies was of course Tendulkar’s 200th Test, and he signed off with his 68th Test Match 50, to go with 51 Test 100s. In his last Test Match both umpires were from the English County Championship: Nigel Llong & Richard Kettleborough. Ironically, in his 1st Test Match both umpires were also from the County Championship. Who were they?
“South Africa beat Pakistan 2-0 in their 2-match T20 series in the UAE. Pakistan are now reciprocating with a short tour of SA. The 1st of 2 T20 internationals is tomorrow, followed by 3 ODIs.
“Sri Lanka won the 3rd ODI v New Zealand, to leave the series drawn at 1-1. The 1st of 2 T20 internationals was today washed out without a ball bowled.
“India’s 2-0 victory over West Indies has moved them above England to no. 2 in the ICC Test rankings. WI are in 6th place, and a 2-0 defeat or worse in the upcoming series v NZ will see them drop below Sri Lanka into 7th place.
Also in the 2nd India v WI Test, did you know, Andrew that Ravi Ashwin became the 5th fastest man ever to 100 Test wickets in terms of Tests played, achieving the feat in 18 Tests? Meanwhile, Shane Shillingford’s 5-179 was his 5th consecutive haul of 5 or more wickets in an innings, and did you know, Andrew he is only the 5th man to achieve this feat – and the first in 60 years since England’s Alec Bedser?”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: J.H. Hampshire & J.W. Holder – Pakistan v India at Karachi 15-20 November 1989.
The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live on Tuesday’s from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15-midnight GMT) on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm and can be heard via numerous internet tune-in services.