20 wickets in a match - Steve Harmison needs to get a couple of them at least

Matthew Hoggard's injured; Andrew Flintoff still can't bowl; Liam Plunkett was ineffectual; and once rain fell, Test Match Special may as well have been retitled 'the Steve Harmison puzzle'. How the hell are England ever going to win a Test ever again?

As ever, we don't have the answer. James Anderson will probably come in for Matthew Hoggard. Anderson hasn't been in form, but then again neither were any of the batsmen who scored hundreds in this match.

We'd give anything for Steve Harmison to get things right though. The alternative - an England attack of willing fast-medium bowlers - is too horrible to contemplate.

We can see it now: Three or four accurate, yet nondescript, typically English bowlers. There's a big partnership, but no matter how relentlessly they pitch the ball on off stump, the batsmen just don't seem troubled. India, Australia or whoever close on a billion for none.

At least Steve Harmison's bouncy and quick. That's why he plays. We've never seen a bowler top 90mph with such little effort. When all's well, it really is an easy game for Steve Harmison. Unfortunately, all hasn't been well for some time now.

Don't drop him though. The grass isn't greener. It's mend Steve or nothing in our eyes. There are a couple of promising bowlers, but Steve's promise is still greater, no matter what's happened.

Cross-posted at A Different Stroke

Day five of the first Test, England v West Indies at Lord's:
England: 553-5 declared (Alastair Cook 105, Paul Collingwood 111, Ian Bell 109no, Matt Prior 126no)
West Indies: 437 all out (Monty Panesar 6-129)
England: 284-8 declared (Kevin Pietersen 109)
West Indies: 89-0
Match drawn

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Monday, May 21, 2007

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other alternative is Mahmood which is just too horrible to contemplate.

The most annoying thing about Mahmood is that he probably has the most variety in his arsenal but has inabilty to bowl line and lengght

9:08 pm  
Blogger Raoul said...

Whatever's happened to Simon Jones. That's what I'd like to know. Is he still nursing his knee, back or whatever it is.

9:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, somewhere while you were taking the mickey from Key, you missed Afridi going batshit crazy against SL in the 1st ODI. Amazing innings!

8:57 am  

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