David Webber



I totally disagree with his selection for England because…………he isn’t English, or Scottish, or Welsh, or for that matter Irish.
No, he is yet another mercenary from South Africa (son of former SA wicket-keeper/batsman Ray Jennings) and his only connection with England is that he happens to have lived here for a couple of years…because he works here, as a cricketer for Durham (will he stay there?).
On that basis, why did Denis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry never play for England, or Philippe Sella or Michael Lynagh (who has lived and worked here for many years) or some of the countless Australians who ply their trade in the Rugby League?
This is getting completely out of hand, Nathan Hughes being yet another sad example.
Jennings’ selection means that a real (young) Englishman has been denied his chance to play for his country and may must be asking “why bother?”.
Ditto the young South African cricketers who must be asking why they, too, shouldn’t come over here to earn good money and, hey presto, I could end up as an England Test player.
And what happens if an Australian or Indian team comes along with a fat chequebook and says “forget Durham, they’re in the 2nd division now, come and earn loads of dosh with us”.
Before you know it he could end up playing for Australia, like Kepler Wessels did.
Sport is becoming ever more farcical and how much longer will fans accept this nonsense, which is debasing the entire concept of international competition?

Try watching some county cricket


Interviewed on Sky Sports after the defeat in the Final Test versus Pakistan, England’s Head Coach said “I will try and catch some county cricket between now and the end of the season but it could be difficult to fit it in”. I would suggest Mr Bayliss stops wasting his time attending ODI and T20 internationals, leaving that to his “coaching staff”. Instead he might find one or two batsmen to replace those who have failed consistently to perform – Hales, Balance, Vince immediately spring to mind.

The “selectors” (who are they?) apparently watch so little county cricket (and only Div.1 by all, accounts – another mistake) that it is no wonder our old friend Ian Bell is now being touted for a recall.
Just what the blood hell do these “coaches” do all the time?

The Original “Little Master” R.I.P.


Hanif Mohammad has passed away, age 81. His passing leaves only two survivors from the first Pakistan tour to England in 1954 when they managed to draw the Test series 1-1 against an England side that went on to retain the Ashes in Australia 3-1 that winter. Hanif beat Don Bradman’s then-world record of 452 in 1959 by scoring 499 for Karachi versus Bahawalpur. He was run out off the final ball of the day, attempting to score his 500th run.

However, his greatest achievement was saving the 1958 Test against the West Indies in Barbados by scoring 337 in an epic 16 hours and 10 minutes, still the longest Test innings of all time. The fierce Caribbean sun bouncing off the hard-baked pitch damaged Hanif’s eyes and his eyesight never fully recovered.

He was known for his limitless patience and watertight defence, two features that many of today’s Test “stars” can only dream about. He was one of original inductees into the ICC’s Cricket Hall of Fame.

His death leaves only two of the 1954 Pakistani touring team still standing: wicket-keeper/batsman Imtiaz Ahmed (88) and middle-order batsman Waqar Hassan (83).