Friday, September 09, 2005

So Far Away

Having a great time in the States, but the England cricket team seemed determined to give me a heart attack. Don't waver on me when I can't even shout at a TV screen, guys!

The selection of Collingwood does show one thing very well, though. It's very difficult for a batsman of quality to step up to playing against the Aussies, let alone a bit-part county player. An average of 58, bashing tons against the likes of Derbyshire in the Second Division is not the same as competing against Australia. If you want to strengthen the batting, you need to look beyond the one-day squad. Not that there were many bowling options, to be fair, but nevertheless Flintoff allows there to be balance to the batting order come what may.