Gutted about the latest no-show from the West Indies, although I guess that if England canâ€™t win a Test match in early season freezing Headingley against a team of under-prepared novices from the Caribbean, then we never will. Hardly a level playing field.
Of course, it wasnâ€™t just England handing out a thumping this weekend. India gained some sort of revenge for the ignominious defeat at the World Cup, by dismantling Bangladesh. At 408 for 0, has there ever been a worse decision to bowl first? (Well, yes, Nasser, probablyâ€¦)
My sympathies go to Javed Omar. A first ball duck is never a good feeling, as I reminded myself in a 20-20 match last week. Iâ€™ve earned the Primary Club tie on my mantlepiece many times over (five, at least), but Iâ€™ll put another note in their online bucket (www.primaryclub.org) for good measure. Iâ€™ve also got two diamond ducks (first ball of the innings) on my CV, which is enough disappointment for one lifetime, I hope. Can anyone better that?
Poor old Javed can, Iâ€™m sure, as he bagged two in the match. Has that ever happened before? In fact, what do you call that? Is it a King Diamond Pair? Or a Sapphire Pair? Did anyone see the commentary â€“ I suspect someone answered that at the time?