Monty Panesar: BBC Sports Personality 2006?

After his performance in the third Test yesterday, Monty’s odds have been slashed.

Monty Panesar has been slashed from 5/1 to 7/2 favourite with William Hill to win the BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year Award comic/swimmer David Walliams after his latest three wicket haul as England dismissed Pakistan to win the Test Match. Hills also make comic/swimmer David Walliams 7/2 joint favourite and then offer Steven Gerrard at 9/2 third favourite for the Award, and also offer 8/1 Jenson Button; 10/1 Ricky Hatton; 12/1 Joe Calzaghe; Dean Macey; 16/1 Andy Murray; 20/1 Kevin Pietersen; Colin Montgomerie.

Andrew Flintoff, of course, won it last year. But never before have two cricketers won the award in successive years…

England crash and burn… BBC blamed

Well, why not.. have to blame someone

England’s cricketers may think twice about receiving any more awards from the BBC. Only a few hours after their triumphs in Sunday night’s Sports Personality of the Year show, they embarked upon their darkest day of this whole disheartening tour.

Yesterday’s thumping seven-wicket defeat by Pakistan would have been bad enough were it not for the additional news that Kevin Pietersen is battling a cracked rib, and, worst of all, that the team’s much-loved bowling coach, Troy Cooley, has defected to Australia.

With the exception of another fine innings from Liam Plunkett, England were as insipid yesterday as they had been inspired on Saturday. No one can say for sure whether they had been affected by the previous night’s festivities, but the fact is that their three highest scorers had all gone to bed early, rather than staying up with the rest of the team for the BBC awards.

It really was a much better performance by Pakistan and I think normal service will resume for the rest of the series.

Pakistan vs England, 2nd ODI

I didn’t see where it was, but one British scribe said that with the variable conditions between batting first and batting second, it was a given that the side batting first would win 4 out of 5 of the games in this series.

Given Sod’s Law, the next four fixtures will see the side batting second win the next four games with ten overs to spare.

I hope Will is well and not too knackered from moving to have a chance to check out some cricket in the next few days.

Some dude called Flintoff won an award.

Andrew Flintoff: BBC Sports Personality 2005?

Last year, last November to be exact, I wrote:

Flintoff’s odds are pretty good, at 9/4 in becoming BBC’s Sports personality of the year. Awesome year he’s had, I don’t think Cricket is yet in the nation’s hearts…especially with fellow runners (pardon the pun) Kelly Holmes and Matthew Pinsent…

If 2004 was “awesome” (note to self: find a better adjective), 2005 is promising to be even better. Two interesting things: Cricket is now, most certainly, in the nationa’s hearts and that could really win it for Fred. And also, funnily enough, the odds are exactly the same for his chances this year: 9/4. Aint that funny, folks? Also note that Michael Vaughan is 16/1 – a rank outsider, largely dependant on his winning the Ashes (or not). Wonder when the last time two cricketers were up for nomination of the award…