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?
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!
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?