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The time I decide not to watch an IPL match because I’m not that interested now in Deccan or Rajasthan, I find out that Andre Nel has been in the ITV 4 studio, damn!

But lots of people are tuning in, ITV 4 has a bit of a viewership coup on it’s hands.  It is now topping half a million on a Sunday afternoon.

Remind me again – just why is our domestic competition not available even as a highlights package on free to air?

Yet another thrilling match,  with a fantastic home following at Eden Gardens spurring on their team.  India retain the top Ranked Test Team spot.

With 5 for 59 in the last innings and 8 wickets for the match the Terbanator,  Bhajji is back in business. Not to mention the truly daring do from  ‘Man of the Series’ Mr Amla, yet again.

A two match series with two result matches, these tests were scheduled at the last minute as an afterthought.

And the masses are now saying is that all there is – just two Tests – it was just warming up!

5 Tests is where it’s at!

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?

Red Hot? I knew this picture would come in handy.  He ain’t the world’s top ranked bowler for nothing.  Dale Steyn*; 8 upper and lower order wickets in a day on an Indian pitch – Dale Steyn we salute you!

* Dale Steyn is South African so this is the outstanding seam bowling bit [he does not play for Durham].