27th November 2014
My good friend Dennis Freedman has written about the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.
It moved me sufficiently to add my own little tribute in his comments section.
26th November 2014
Patrolling the Boundary – a view from the outfield
It was sad news to learn of the injury to the Aussie batsman Phil Hughes who was seriously injured when attempting to hook a bouncer, missed and was struck on his head.
Helmets were brought in to prevent batsmen from sustaining head injuries but they have only partially really served that purpose. What they have done is to give batsmen who cannot properly play the hook shot a false sense of security which encouraged them to hook, often with disastrous results. Continue reading
25th November 2014
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:
“Aus bt SA 4-1 in their ODI series, & that’s taken them back to no. 1 in the ICC ODI rankings. Aus are now about to face India in a 4-Test series. India are currently without their injured capt, MS Dhoni & Aus’s skipper, Michael Clarke is also likely to be unfit to play. Also ruled out of the 1st Test is Philip Hughes, who was hit horrifyingly by a bouncer today playing for S Aus v NSW. He collapsed after being struck on the head, & is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital, having been in a coma following surgery. Our thoughts & prayers go out to him.
I should be back here in a couple of weeks or so, on or about the twenty-something of November.
6th November 2014
A one-stop WI Rumshop round-up of Caribbean cricket comment, news & views
The WICB released their first Press Release for sometime on Thursday evening here in the Caribbean, following the eagerly awaited gathering that had been expected to, among other things, ratify the sackings of all three of West Indies’ international captains, or perhaps not.
And it revealed, well, not quite nothing – but it wasn’t the great big denouement we’d been waiting for. The suspects may have been gathered in the drawing-room, but Monsieur Poirot is not yet ready to tell us who committed the foul deed – and who will be lead away handcuffed by the constabulary to face up to the consequences.