16 March 2008

Take it as Read (pun intended!)

So in Tim Ambrose England has found yet another "wicket-keeper" who can bat but can't keep wicket! And what do you know? He used to play for Sussex!

Even the BBC's Jonathan Agnew - so quick to discard Chris Read after the Australian debacle - had to admit, after an underwhelming day against New Zealand:

"England squandered the many chances and opportunities that came their way - they should have finished the match.

"Of the eight New Zealand batsmen to appear in this innings, all but three gave a chance of some sort – a couple were very difficult, but three, in particular, were easy.

"One of those was a stumping chance to Tim Ambrose off Monty Panesar.

"Ambrose, in fact, had a poor day behind the stumps, missing a second, more difficult leg side stumping, and a catch standing up to Paul Collingwood.

Clearly, he needs time to settle in, but I fear that many more like this will reopen the great wicket-keeping debate yet again."

You think?!

But you know what? I am so totally bored by now with England's "Anyone but Read" policy, that I will simply refer you to my previous remarks about Matt Prior ...

England supremo Peter Moores coached him at Sussex too.

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