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The Carrot And The Stick

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If Ian Bell walked out to bat at the Oval with a long pair of ears whilst chowing down on a Caramel he wouldn’t be any more of a bunny than he already is. The saddest thing is that this parlous psychological state has not only been induced by Mitchell Johnson but every Australian he has ever encountered.

I’d suspect that if Dannii Minogue was brought on to bowl her slowish off-breaks, Bell would manufacture some way of getting out. If he ambled into a Walkabout he’d probably look a bit uncomfortable before leaving as quickly as he’d come in. And he can’t watch Neighbours without being intimidated by the gritty plotlines.

Which is why it seems to counter every cricketing intuition to promote Bell to no.3 in the batting order, arguably the pivot of the entire line-up. In a series decider against the Australians.

I wish they’d adopt a similar reverse meritocracy at my work. I’d be managing director by now.


Written by harrisharrison

August 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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  1. We have been deprived of a ‘Washbrook Moment’ (1956 Headingley – 42 years old – 98 after England were 17-3). Miller and co have no sense of history – Ramps is the man (given that Cyril is no longer available, of course). Mark’s dazzling footwork would dazzle the Aussies, especially if they played a rumba over the tannoy.

    Robin Varley

    August 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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