Hmmm. Looks like this apparently weird "draw" thing still has to be practised a little. All the hard work undone, all those admirable nail and tooth fights in vain. Everybody was sure that the Deshis had the chance to make Cookie crumble, and some people -coughcoughpurnacoughcough- even dared to dream of not only drawing the match but the entire series.
It is partly the fault of Shakib, who, right after getting stumped on 96, simply couldn't find a way to squeeze the air out of England on this last day; he didn't go for the attack but couldn't contain them either. His team but also he himself must be fuming over this outcome. Coach Siddons will probably reward him with a royal whipping. This is the sort of captaincy that makes you angry and you can't help thinking of Yousuf in Sydney.
But Shakib is young, extremely young for a captain, equipped with truckloads of talent with both bat and ball. The grapevine reports that he took Bangladesh to the highest run total in the test history of the country. He will learn and get the lessons belted into him. But it hurts to watch the process. He won't be the happiest birthday bear of all time today.
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Meanwhile shocking news have reached us from the storm front:
Brendon McCullum would like to attend to the penis worms that live in his shoulder, and needs to put the gloves away for that.
He is The Boucher of NZ, how can he want to take the gloves off? Whenever a keeper pulls off a ripper behind the stumps I use to say he's done a McCullum. Apart from that if he keeps keeping there will be a slot available for another regular batsman; in my humblest of opinions NZ cannot afford to waste a slot for a specialist keeper that can't contribute much to the score. Look at Pakistan with Sarfraz. Thus, from my perspective the result of his pondering should be: NO. Just NO.