Rajan's Wrong-Un: Happy 60th, Phil. Now how about an England comeback?

World Cup Diary

I hope readers will join me this morning in wishing a very happy 60th birthday to former England bowler Philippe-Henri "Phil" Edmonds. In recent years, he has made headlines through his mining interests in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe. But in his playing days it was Edmonds who was the charming tyrant.

A probing left-arm spinner, he took 5 for 28 on debut, but swiftly earned the ire of Mike Brearley. Born to a Belgian mother in Lusaka, standing 6ft 3in and awarded a first at Cambridge, he read the Financial Times in the dressing room and spent many a lunchtime phoning his stockbroker.

Edmonds once missed a tour because he hurt his back getting out of a car, and his wife's revelatory tour diaries went down better with fans than the England bosses. With Monty Panesar still shorn of spark, and Michael Yardy looking ineffective, Big Phil's services are needed now more than ever. Might he be prised out of retirement if the price is right?

Yuvraj proves the pick of the lefties

Talking of left-arm spinners, what a thrill to see so many opening the bowling in this tournament. New Zealand's Daniel Vettori, West Indies' Sulieman Benn, South Africa's Robin Peterson, Zimbabwe's Ray Price, Bangladesh's Abdur Razzak and England's Yardy have all taken the fresh cherry. Never has a World Cup exhibited such a vast canvas of left-handed legerdemain. And perhaps India's Yuvraj Singh, who took 5 for 31 against Ireland over the weekend, isn't far behind either.

Canadian joy, Bangladeshi discord

It's easy to underestimate what a thankless six weeks this can be for tournament whipping boys such as Canada. So even though it came against fellow trundlers Kenya, congratulations to the maple-leaf brigade for their five-wicket win, chasing 198, yesterday. Such victories are rare for them, and the sweeter for it.

Meanwhile, not much sweetness among the players and former players of the co-hosts, Bangladesh. Their captain, Shakib Al Hasan, has been banned from writing his newspaper column after a row with former players over the team's World Cup performance. Shakib responded to criticism from ex-captains and other leading players by complaining that they sounded like "common fans".





News
Hillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo of gay teenager
Arts and Entertainment
The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy
music
Sport
wimbledonScot will face Ivo Karlovic next
Life and Style
Kissing
life
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test