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With just the 5 wickets in the first innings and 6 in the second, Andre has just put in the first big wicket haul of the season for Nottingham.  He helped blow away Hampshire at Trent Bridge within three days.

Of 7 Championship matches, only Yorkshire v Durham and Glamorgan v Gloucestershire are still in play.  Wickets have been the order of the day.

Championship cricket boring?

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An emotional day in a lot of ways.  Not only was Graham Onions back on the competitive field for the first time in 14 months.  He took 5 for 53, nice, as he seems to have come back where he left off; taking plenty of wickets.

But it also saw our whole attack looking like the attack of old, the attack of Championship winning form.  Demolishing Yorkshire for 149 in 60 overs.  After us not getting any bowling points in this fixture this time last year it was just the best to see the attack back to how we know it can be.  I wish had been there.

He may have turned up earlier, except I made him captain of my fantasy cricket teams; Mitch, I know, unfair hobbling.  I apologise.

The majority of modern day fast bowlers are generally quite mercurial.  Something that gets glossed over as the post match stats stack up.  Speed and control are found regularly only in the form of the cartoon apparition – machine like, aggressive mean tall mega macho quick.  The real life version wangs it to 2nd slip and ends up in rehab faster than a rat up a drain pipe.  If not it just wasn’t ‘his’ day!  Harmisonesque, a descriptive that sums it up for most.

But we know this, we have been watching and waiting, and duly thrilled with the unplayable spell yielding 4 wickets for 20 runs.  And with 6 for 38 against a set of batsmen who up until now looked to be in fine form, a truly sublime performance.

Just a shame he had to do it to England!

This time the momentum of such a sharply tuned team proved unstoppable, and England, captained by Collinwood beat a fine Australian side with overs to spare.

England won the T20 world title, and have looked every part a world beating team throughout the tournament.  Now that really is quite something.  We even managed to have a paternity leave and still romp home.  Well done the Lads.  And Captain Fantastic?  …Just a bit!

And that is against the Australian tail too!  The ICC T20 is game officially game on!  18 year old  Mohammad Aamer takes 3 wickets, with 2 run outs.  This is how the BBC live match text update pictured it.  While IPL cricket was available free to air, the international version is not even available as a round up/ highlights show in the UK, despite England and Ireland being involved in this international tournament.

So what is the Pakistan innings going to bring?  You never know what you are going to get with Pakistan.  There is nothing worse than the predictable in sport, it’s dull.  Pakistan the kings of OMGness!

I’ve not really rated Steven Finn, having seen him toil away for many an hour with the Middle.   For his time on the field he just did not get many 5 wicket hauls.  It seems that this season he is out to prove me wrong!

It is day 2 of the Worcester v Middlesex match and he has taken 9 for 37 and 14 for 106 for the match.  A bowler that England has not managed to knacker and now the stuff of legend!!

I suspend Mitch watch for a moment to turn my attention to my own team playing with the pink balls in the desert and what does Mitch go and do?  He goes and bags a 10 wicket hall against New Zealand.

10 for 132, his second test 10 fer and 41 wickets for 25.90 this season, looks like he has got over the Styris indecent!

Always known as an outstanding fielder, Colly took his 100th ODI catch today, Mahmudallah off of Swanns bowling. He also contributed to England’s win by top scoring with 75 runs.

This winter in ODI’s he’s passed the 100 wickets milestone.  He also has over 4500 runs on the clock.  A truly outstanding English all-rounder.

No matter if it’s limited overs or Test cricket Tendulkar can pull the goods out of the bag.  Today it was the first double century in a one day match, against strong opposition; the South Africans.  Well done Sir!  [And that was some wagon wheel too!]

And yes – a picture of Tendulkar as a Test bowler – what else did you expect from this blog?

An imperious bowling performance and an innings and 6 runs win for South Africa.  This is the kind of Test match and Test match bowling I like.  I like Dale Steyn – you might have guessed. But I like him because he tends to be good at what he does – Teutonic even.  And yes, I have always thought of him as looking like the synth operator in a Germanic electronic band.  [Yep I like electronic music].  Yes he does not smile much and yes he often looks like he is sucking a lemon.  But I kinda like that.

But he cannot do all this without backup.  So a well tuned performance from the Saffer bowling attack. [one is tempted to say Durhamesque!]   So if Dale is the Synth player – this could be the rest of the line up.  Kallis the solid drummer, Morkle the suicidal looking bass player, Harris the silly haired guitarist, and Parnell the rebellious singer.  [Duminy comes on and does occasional procession and the odd bit of back up singing.]   So not quite a German electopop outfit then, but they make a good noise.   What they are called? You can think up the name.

And of course  an excuse for a Paul Harris picture.  Harris; a tall man who does not spin the ball much, but who does what he does very well.  I like that.

But the super efficient Steyn is not a tall man.  Not for a fast bowler.  Do you think anyone else has noticed this?

So two cricketers who perform much better than you would expect from looking at them.  Anyone in the England squad development noticed this too do you think?