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A Sobering Tale of Pasta Salads

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I once ran into the Hampshire squad in the Chieveley Services on the M3 as I returned from a holiday in Cornwall in September 2005. Everything was as you would expect. John Crawley was showing Sean Ervine how to use the cashpoint. The rest of the squad gathered around the Burger King counter as Dimitri Mascarenhas held forth on the qualities of the Whopper meal. Only one player had detached himself from the group.

Simon Katich had joined up with the team after the conclusion of an eventually fruitless Ashes summer with the Australians. He was now passing listlessly through the aisles of M & S Simply Food. He tarried awhile by the chilled foods section. He appeared indecisive as to whether to choose between a honey and mustard pasta salad or a salmon and broccoli one. He looked grey and drawn, pinched in the face with cavernous shadows below the eyes. He was unable to pick and sloped sadly off.

It was strangely distressing to see a man reputed for his mental toughness reduced in this way. But having had their technical deficiencies so cruelly exposed and exploited over a summer would any athlete be able to pick a pasta salad in M & S Simply Food? I think not.

I’ve only seen one sportsman in this state since. It was Katich. On Monday.

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Written by harrisharrison

December 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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  1. According to Alec Stewart Katich is the hardest man he’s ever met…incredible considering AJS has played football with MC Harvey and Philip Olivier.

    Bonald

    December 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    • I bet they’re both better at running than him though.

      harrisharrison

      December 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  2. Talking of Hampshire calls to mind my Uncle Jack’s recollection of a newspaper headline in the 1920’s which rather neatly encapsulates the current comparison between Alistair Cook and the Australians.”Phil Mead scores another century.Gloucester score another run!”

    Phil Mead was a beefy batsman who scored heavily for Hampshire between 1905 and 1940.Gloucestershire were county cricket’s equivalent to the current Australian test team.

    tom

    December 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

  3. PS Phil Mead once played football for Southampton.Just one game.Against…….?

    tom

    December 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

  4. West Ham. Remember it well.

    harrisharrison

    December 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm


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