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Monday, February 13, 2012


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Two points today. First, the idea of KP opening against a side that is filled with quality spinners is entirely counter-productive. It is clear to anyone who has been watching him on this tour of the UAE that he really hasn't a clue against a ball turning away from him on these pitches and his confidence is (once again) at a very low ebb. Moreover, his early dismissal sets a tone for the innings. He is regarded as England's only premier batsman in limited overs cricket, so his early scalp is a tremendous boost for the Pakistanis and his speedy departure leaves Alistair Cook and others with a repair job on their hands. Secondly, please check the precise definitions of uninterested and your incorrectly used 'disinterested.' These distinctions are very important, especially with these two words. Interchangeable they ain't!

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Ian, Thanks for the much needed English lesson - seven years in the South of France has sent my proficiency downhill nearly as fast as KP's ODI stats. Your opinion on KP may also be right, although both innings thus far have produced a 50 run opening stand. One school of thought is that he should come in at five and try and replicate his initial successful forays into one day internationals. Whatever the answer, he can't have too many opportunities left to get it right. Since the beginning of 2009 he averages around 25 in ODI and his last ton in the format came two weeks BEFORE Graeme Swann's Test debut. A sobering thought.


Agreed. KP seems to be getting starts of sorts, but he most certainly isn't stamping his authority on these games - quite the reverse. Flower & Cook are obviously going to see this ODI series through with KP holding his place. How convenient it is that Buttler still is nursing his split webbing! From a tour management point of view, can anyone savour the sight of KP in a brightly coloured jacket delivering drinks and towels to, say, Samit Patel? (KP has had many kind things to say about Samit!) When it comes to SL, however, I'm wondering whether KP will be told to 'take a break'. The management of the team on tour in SL will just have got that bit more straight-forward. Finally, it amazes me that the rest of the world still is in awe of him; it's as if they have been on an exended holiday since the beginning of 2009. BW. (PS Even retired English teachers still get twitchy!)

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