Ashes Diary: England to face Pattinson part II
Friday 07 January 2011
Lest we forget, English cricket was in the doldrums just two-and-a-half short years ago. That summer South Africa were the victorious tourists and the English management turned to a swing bowler by the name of Darren Pattinson, a Grimsby-born former roofer who was impressing for Nottinghamshire but had grown up in Melbourne. But why does that matter now? Well, Darren had a younger brother – James, 20 – and yesterday it was announced that he'll be facing England next Monday after being called up for the Prime Minister's XI.
Even 'Army' feel sorry for Aussies
Nice observation from Christian Nicolussi in the Sydney Daily Telegraph: "To understand how low Australia have truly sunk, you need to sit in the middle of the Barmy Army decked out in canary yellow cricket attire... they don't even notice you are there. Worse, they seem to take pity."
Johnson still manages a laugh – at himself
Perhaps Mitchell Johnson is not such a bad bloke. Given a mock ovation having been hit for 13 off one over, he responded with self-mockery, going down on one knee and mimicking a slog-sweep. Cue loud cheers.
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
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- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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