Dimitri Mascarenhas of Hampshire finally gets an England call-up

We're not someone who claims to have a history of being right about stuff. Not unless consistently pronouncing the letter H correctly adds up to as much. But either way, we think the selection of Dimitri Mascarenhas for the England one-day squad is a masterstroke.

Dimitri Mascarenhas has been one of the very finest one-day players in county cricket for bloody years now. His one-day bowling record stands up to anybody's. His average is 24 and he concedes runs at about four an over - which is good these days (Ian 'Fatty' Austin would have wept into his meat and potato pie if he'd conceded that many).

Dimitri Mascarenhas is 29. You might think that's a bit old for a bowler if you're building towards the next World Cup, but that's the best part. Dimitri Mascarenhas is a bowler who attracts terms like 'canny' and 'wily'. We dare say he varies his pace, but his range starts at 70mph and descends from there. Loss of pace isn't really going to be an issue. Loss of pace isn't really possible.

In addition to this, he's a handy middle to lower order batsman - something that England have been crying out for - and he's a razor sharp fielder.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

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Anonymous Richard Dawkins said...

Is it true that Michale Vorrrrrrrrrrn speaks of himself in the third person like Rio de Ferdinand?

4:16 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

It is true.

Recently he even referred to himself as 'MV'.

4:21 pm  
Anonymous Alister Mcgrath said...

have you got any quotes?

thanks, its for a study I'm doing.

4:30 pm  
Anonymous Alister Mcgrath said...

Oh and Hello Richard,

its nice that whilst we fundamentally disagree on the existance of God, we are brought together by this splendid little Cricket site.

ps. I'm right!

4:38 pm  
Anonymous Richard said...

Hello Alister,

of course some things are more important than the existance(sic) of God. I just wish all those Amazon reviewers would lighten up a bit. I very much enjoyed your book by the way but, of course...

I'm right!

see you at the Wootons anniversary bash

4:40 pm  
Anonymous Alister said...

See you then Richard, and of course, whilst we disagree on many things we can at least agree that old Wooton is a buffoon!

4:43 pm  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

About the split captaincy:

"I'm very confident it can work with me and the new captain but if he comes in and does a magnificent job, it's the end of MV."

4:43 pm  
Anonymous Richard said...

Quite right Alister,

nothing worse than a lily livered agnostic. Stop sitting on the fence man!

I vehermently disagree with you old man but dammitt! I respect your resolve and fight what you believe in although...

I'm right!

4:51 pm  
Anonymous Alister said...

I tell you what, I'd trade in any beliefs or lack thereof for a crack at Wootons misses!

4:55 pm  
Anonymous Richard said...

Where do you think my surety in lack of God comes from!

How did he land her?!!!!!

5:30 pm  
Anonymous Alister said...

Two word my dear friend.

Un and Believable, pretty much the same way you feel about the big man upstairs, but see miracles do happen!

5:38 pm  
Blogger The Atheist said...

I feel the need to participate in this...

Not sure what I can add, however. Maybe this:

Adam Had 'em.

12:01 pm  
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