26th 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:
“West Indies and India are 1-1 going into the final ODI which starts tonight at 11.30pm ECT. Chris Gayle was run out for 0 off the 2nd ball of the 1st game, and pulled a hamstring in the process which rules him out of the upcoming tour of New Zealand, with him on 99 Test Matches. Kraigg Brathwaite has been called into the squad as his replacement. Meanwhile, for NZ, Daniel Vettori has announced he won’t be fit for the tour by WI.”
This week’s question: I mentioned last week that Ravi Ashwin was the fifth fastest man to take 100 Test wickets, doing it in 18 Tests. Who is the fastest for the West Indies?
“New Zealand’s tour of Sri Lanka ended with an 8 wicket win for SL in the 2nd T20 international, after the 1st match was washed out.
“South Africa and Pakistan won a game each in their 2-match T20 international series. Yesterday, Pakistan won the 1st of a 3-game ODI series v SA by 23 runs in Cape Town.
“In the Ashes, Australia won the 1st Test by a whopping 381 runs, their 5th biggest ever win over England in terms of runs, which included a 1st innings collapse of losing their last 7 wickets for 54. Mitchell Johnson was the Man of the Match, taking 9-113 in the match and scoring 103 runs in the game, and regularly bowling in excess of 90mph. The game ended in ugly scenes with Australian captain Michael Clarke warning England’s James Anderson to ‘get ready to have his effing arm broken’, after Anderson and short-leg fielder, George Bailey had traded insults with Anderson allegedly threatening to punch Bailey in the face. Clarke’s comment was caught by the TV cameras and he was fined 20% of his match fee.
“Following on from the Test Match, England’s no. 3 Jonathan Trott has left the tour and flown back to the UK suffering from a long-standing stress-related illness. Trott scored 10 & 9 in the Test, and his 2nd innings display was described by former England captain Michael Vaughan as the worst innings he’d ever seen by a Test Match no. 3. England now have a 2-day warm-up match before the next Test in Adelaide on December 5th.
“A couple of quick Did You Know, Andrews: In 49 Tests Jonathan Trott scored 3,763 runs, but never hit a 6. In England’s 2nd innings, Kevin Pietersen was caught at long leg by Australia’s sub fielder, Chris Sabburg, who has never played in a first-class match – but he is the cousin of Andy Bichel, who played 19 Tests for Australia.”
The answer to this week’s quiz question: Alf Valentine and Andy Roberts – they both reached 100 Test wickets in their 19th Test Match.
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