Last night, while working out, I listened to the pundits via Cricinfo (Andrew Miller…et al) talk rather confidently about England’s chances in the U.A.E. against Pakistan.
This morning I woke up to see that England had been spun off the pitch for 192 and Pakistan were 42/0.
What a day for Pakistan, what a day for Saeed Ajmal.
Now, of course, it is only the first day of the first test; but England has to be a little worried right about now. If they collapse in this series and lose 2-1 or 1-0, then their 2012 coronation march might have to be cancelled; and these last 18 months of glory will be all but forgotten.
Cricket fans have notoriously short memories.
I am jumping the gun a bit, of course, there is a lot of game left, a lot of series left. But if England is not seriously looking at how to readjust to Pakistan’s spin attack, then this could all be over but the shouting.
One hightlight from the day for England was Prior’s 70*. A true captain’s innings – similar to what we saw recently from Clarke, but more akin to what we saw from Dhoni in Sydney.
When teams are having trouble, the captain needs to stand up and drag them across the line – and that’s what Prior did for England. If he gets out for 10 or 20 or even if he hits his test average of 44 and change, then England are in an even hotter pot of boiling water then they are now.
The role of the captain on the field in sport is severely underrated in some camps, but if you have the best captain for your squad, then it can make a world of difference.
Especially, of course, in a sport like cricket where the duties of the captain are far more important than, say, the duties of a football captain.
That said, no matter the sport, if you put the capital “C” on the right guy’s jersey, it can make for the difference between a Championship and second place.
Some light housekeeping notes:
I went to bed last night still a little blue that I was going to be unable to watch any of the #PakvEng series. But then I woke up this morning to several @s in my Twitter feeding telling me that Willow.tv was showing the match on their player, just not on YouTube, Roku, or any mobile devices. Huzzah! Hopefully, HOPEFULLY, this wasn’t a glitch and I will be able to watch tonight.
Thanks to @thecricketcouch and @goodacre for the good news.
Also, in cricket news, @thetwochucks are making a movie. And you really should support them. I pledged a tenner and hope to more later.
And, finally, there might be another post later tonight, but there will not be one tomorrow, as LimitedOvers will be participating in the Internet Blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA. Again, I suggest you do the same.
Until next time.