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!
In only his second first class match Scott has taken 8 wickets for Durham. A trial match perhaps, but he might be a bit useful then?
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?
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].
Kyle is keeping himself busy as a Scotland international player. He took 2 wickets in the Kenya v Scotland ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Nairobi. Scotland won by 8 wickets.