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A Potential Graveyard

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Spare a thought for Steve Davies, England’s new third-choice wicketkeeper. Not only has he spent the last fortnight watching a South African interloper snuggle into his reserve keeper berth, but has been forced to do so from the uneasy distance of about 22 yards away. The England Lions novel tactic of opening the innings with two glovemen has pitted Davies against Craig Kieswetter in a cricketing version of a gladiatorial fight with pugil sticks, a tussle which has left Davies eating crash mat.

Kieswetter has almost certainly impressed the Colly-Flower management axis to such extent that he should think about packing his Bermuda shorts for the Caribbean and the Twenty20 World Cup. England could feasibly repeat the selection of two keepers in the side to accommodate Kieswetter at the top of the innings. It could catch on, like three centre-backs did in the nineties.

Davies is now left to stitch an ironic ‘England’s No.3’ into his gloves and head off down to the shadowy depths of LVCC Division 2 and his new club at the Oval. I wish him well, not only as a Surrey fan, but because there’s a vague danger that Chris Adams is currently transforming the county into a cricketing sister of Newcastle United: a graveyard for the potential of talented young cricketers, whose reputations are hoovered up into nothing.

Not that I’m overly pessimistic.

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Written by harrisharrison

February 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

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  1. I heard that Kieswetter’s pretty shit with the gloves, so hopefully Davies won’t have to think too much….besides, isn’t there a possibility that he’ll play as a specialist attacking batsman?

    Thiru Cumaran

    February 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    • “I heard” have you seen …………open your eyes

      Peter

      February 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

      • Shouldn’t be a problem for Kieswetter. You can have gladhands for gloves and still make an international keeper these days.

        harrisharrison

        February 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  2. Why don’t we just pick the best available Austalians, South Africans, Zimbabweans,Indians,Pakistanis,Bangladeshis,Irishmen and Kiwis who are qualified to play for England and have done with it.Or to put it another way let’s just disqualify anyone with an English birth certificate and born of useless English parents from playing for England. I have a feeling that this may not be an entirely original idea.

    Tom

    February 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm


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