Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Beige Archives: West Indies Level Farcical Series

This article first appeared on the BBC's 606 forum on the 13th of February 2009.

Following England’s brilliant batting collapse at the end of the first test, the West Indies responded by having the second test abandoned after just 10 minutes play to level the Farcical Test series 1-1.

England captain Andrew Strauss was quick to congratulate the hosts: “Full credit to the West Indies Board. They would have been hurting after they let us get the first farce of the tour in down at Kingston, but they didn’t let that get to them and it was a team effort by all their administrators and groundstaff to pull this response together”.

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was quoted as saying that England hadn’t underestimated the West Indies before the second test. “We knew they’d bounce back. The Windies are great with pulling such farces out of the bag – just look at the last World Cup”.

When asked how England would respond Strauss said “Well, we’ve got a couple of ideas for the rest of the series. Maybe we’ll turn up to the wrong ground or something. We need another big farce though to fully prepare ourselves and the fans for the Ashes later this year. But we haven’t decided yet. Who knows? Maybe we’ll re-select Bell”.

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