Australia v West Indies, 2nd Test, 1st day

My optimism at the start of this series has gone. “Same old, same old” say the fans and critics, and who can argue with them? They still rely on Brian who, himself, is in the throes of a form depression. His team-mates feed like scavangers off his batting genius, but only if he fires; they couldn’t, and nor could Lara, find any answer to McGrath, Lee and MacGill. Warne, curiously, went wicketless.

Peter English writes a very well balanced piece on Lara, Anand Vasu did the bulletin, Scott is looking forward to Australia feasting on the vulnerable. At least they have something to celebrate, in T&T qualifying for the World Cup. Ryan is beside himself.

Dancing the key to Gough’s World Cup

For God’s sake, will you read this?

England veteran Darren Gough believes his chances of playing in the World Cup have been enhanced by his time on BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

Gough, 35, was warned his England one-day career could be over after he opted out of the tour of Pakistan.

“I’m more hopeful of making the World Cup now and the main reason is all the work I have to do for the programme.

Oh. Dear.

Meet Mello – the World Cup mascot

Meet Mello, the mascot of the 2007 World Cup. Ohhhh dear. What were they thinking? Answers on a postcard, please…

Official World Cup 2007 site here

2007 World Cup groupings announced

Here are the World Cup 2007 Groupings

Group 1 – St Kitts & Nevis
Australia (1)
South Africa (5)
ICC Trophy qualifiers

Group 2 – Trinidad & Tobago
Sri Lanka (2)
India (8)
Bangladesh (11)
ICC Trophy qualifier

Group 3 – St Lucia
New Zealand (3)
England (7)
Kenya (10)
ICC Trophy qualifier

Group 4 – Jamaica
Pakistan (4)
West Indies (6)
Zimbabwe (9)
ICC Trophy qualifier

WICB – another cricket authority lacking leadership

The excellent Weblog over at has an interesting post about the WICB. There never seems to be an end to board/player conflicts in the West Indies. I really hope things settle long before their 2007 World Cup, but the feedback from the supporters doesn’t look at all promising. …one day the Windies will rule the cricketing world again.