England v Australia, First Test, Trent Bridge, day 3.
The Great RonnieO, master of the game of snooker, always held his hand up when he made an infringement on the cue ball. My tip caressed the white as I was lining up the shot, he would admit. Sadly, not all sportsmen are sportsmen. I am referring to the nasty/clever ( delete where applicable) machinations of one Stuart Broad.
As an England cricket fan, not born and bred more along the lines of nurture, I am appalled by his actions. I’ve never taken to Broad. Skinny frame, film star looks, there was always something of the night about him. He was blatantly out yet stood his ground. At the end of the Test I wonder if he’ll look back on his batting figures with pride.
Respected commentators have said that Broad was quite right to remain at the crease. You win some, lose some as they point the finger at the dodgy dismissal of Jonathan Trott earlier in the game. Maybe so but there was an element of doubt in the, bat or pad first, debate in the Trott incident. In the Broad case it was game, set and match if the Aussies had any referrals left. And who’s to say Trott is not lying about putting an edge on it? Today’s cricketers aren’t an honest bunch.
Changing the tone a bit I bet the umpire, Aleem Dar, was glad that Billy Cooper the barmy army trumpeter was banned from the ground. The musician would have given the hapless official a rendition of his circus clown theme- doo-doo-doobee-doobee-doobee-doo-doobee-doobee-dododooooo.
It looks as if England are on course to win the first Test, although it’s not over until it’s over; that’s the beauty of the game, and I think we would still have done so even if the unappealing sight of Broad had walked. The fact he didn’t has taken a shine off a very good Test match. What an example he could have set. A missed chance.
As it’s Friday night rock time ( Backside says, no it’s not, it’s Saturday morning, you fool) let’s end with a play it loud classic. My first choice would be the legendary Pantera with their signature riff fans favourite, Walk. Sensing that Charioteers ears aren’t what they used to be I’ll opt for something more melodic instead. Dire Straits. Australia’s chances or Broad’s reputation? The wolf cousin out there likes Knopfler. Enjoy.