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Selling the Drama by Adam Hollioake

England, Pakistan have taken it upon themselves to spice up the World Cup with their erratic show
Australian captain Ricky Ponting when asked if he would like to be in the English skipper’s shoes had this to say:

“I’m not sure how many fingernails Andrew Strauss has got left at the moment actually.” While Ponting might not have many left of his own, with the manner in which his team has played so far in the World Cup, his doubts are justified.

England have entered the quarter-finals but their show has been nothing short of comedy of errors. They along with Pakistan have provided what ever little drama that this tournament has witnessed so far. From playing out a tie against India, losing to minnows Bangladesh and Ireland, defending just 171 against South Africa to beating the West Indies in their last group game by 18 runs, they have tried their best to take an early flight back home. The last time that an England team won a event involving more than three teams was when Adam Hollioake led them to victory at Sharjah where they defeated India, West Indies and Pakistan.

So far it has been tough to guess if they have come to the sub-continent riding on an Ashes win or the low of the 6-1 loss in the ODI series that followed in Australia.

Kevin Pietersen was expected to provide the fire-power when he was promoted up the order. But the batsman suffered from hernia and flew back to London. Fast bowlers Stuart Broad and Ahmed Shehzad have joined him and their biggest fast bowling hope Jimmy Anderson has been dropped after poor performances.

Spinner Graeme Swann has made more news for criticizing the dew in Chittagong and getting fined by the ICC, Jonathan Trot has been hitting six fours of the first nine balls he faces (against West Indies) and someone named James Tredwell is spinning them to victory.

They have moved into the knock-out stage walking on their hands. But that’s also a commentary on how teams like South Africa let them win after being 124-5 chasing 171 or the West Indies giving four wickets to Tredwell.

Surprise package
Pakistan on the other hand has also been a surprise package. The only controversy, well due to lack of spot-fixing, fights and positive dope test, was about why Kamaran Akmal is in the team despite dropping Ross Taylor twice in three balls? For a week or so several conspiracy theories were floated. He took a few catches in the next matches and when Shoaib Akhtar dropped the bombshell it was time to get teary eyed.

But in their own special manner Pakistan didn’t give the world much time to mourn the death of speed when they defeated Australia by four wickets to end their 34 match unbeaten streak at the World Cup. So far, England and Pakistan have provided the comic relief, a dark one though, to a tournament that hasn’t touched any heights in terms of the cricket played. And there is little doubt that more of the same is in store.

Adam Hollioake


 

 

 

 

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Adam Hollioake Holding the 1999 County Championship Trophy