Marcus Trescothick - an aggressive, left-handed one-day opener

All the best teams in this World Cup have got at least one aggressive, left-handed opener - a bullying one, even.

The West Indies have got Chris Gayle; South Africa have got Graeme Smith; Sri Lanka have got Sanath Jayasuriya; New Zealand have got Stephen Fleming; and Australia have got Adam Gilchrist and Adam Gilchrist alone - no other aggressive, left-handed opener of note at all. Not one. Just Adam Gilchrist.

Sri Lanka have even got a spare. Upul Tharanga's remarkably aggressive. You just don't notice sometimes because Benevolent Uncle Sanath's batting has gone up to 11.

England have got a left-hander, Ed Joyce, but he's not really aggressive. We believe that the correct term for him is 'an accumulator'. The other two batsmen in England's top three, Ian Bell and Michael Vaughan, are also accumulators, although all they've really accumulated so far is a length list of poor scores.

The problem is that these three are each piling the pressure on each other with their 'steady' scoring rates. Replace one of those three with a left-handed aggressor - we don't know why they have to be left-handed, but they really do - and the pressure is lifted from the two survivors, who can then play their dull, natural games with the spotlight elsewhere.

What England really need is a Marcus Trescothick-esque batsman, such as Marcus Trescothick. Ideally, this batsman will also have Marcus Trescothick-esque levels of experience. He'll have hit a Marcus Trescothick-esque number of one-day international hundreds - about 12. He'll have a Marcus Trescothick-esque strike-rate too - about 85.21 or thereabouts.

Unfortunately, the only name that comes to mind is that of Andrew Strauss and we're not really feeling Andrew Strauss of late.

Gosh darn it, Marcus. We want you back, you big red-cheeked, cider-swilling beeftain. 'Beeftain' is a word we've invented specifically for this occasion. It means a burly, authoritative player. It's a blend of 'beefy' and 'chieftain' as you've probably guessed.

Words we've invented:

An 'innocuoso' is one who excels at the art of harmlessness.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

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Blogger Tim said...

Well said though, failing that, they could have selected good old Mal Loye.

8:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin Smith

Ashley Giles
Paul Nixon (not beefy)
Stuart Dalrymple
Mark Ealham

I'm not sure about KP or Collingwood. I don't think gingers are allowed to be beeftains.

12:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you didn't leave anyone out of Australia's line-up then? No one whose first name rhymes with fat?

9:02 am  

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