Something From The Weekend: Tim Bresnan; This is England; Beckham's corner ball
The Good, The Bad and The Odd
Monday 11 July 2011
Another important England victory on Saturday was enabled by another crucial Tim Bresnan performance. Three wickets, including those of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, helped set up the series win. Despite this, to say nothing of his Ashes contribution, he still may not play at Lord's next week. Is there any doubt that if Bresnan (above) were a tall, svelte old-boy of Oakham School, with golden hair and arching cheekbones, he would play in the first Test? Or that, if Stuart Broad were an authentic son of Wakefield, with the accent and the build to match, he would be back in the counties? An England team reflecting the make-up of the nation would also reward Bresnan's growing excellence.
This is England
Allow no suggestions that the England women's team are unworthy of the attention paid to the men's team, that they are a shadow of, or a distraction from, the men's senior team. Events from the Women's World Cup teach us that they, like the Under-21s, are part of the same whole. To fritter away a lead at the sharp end of normal time is one thing, but to do that, and then to gain a lead in the penalty shoot-out, only to throw it away, and to lose, is a peculiarly English trait. It was the most dramatic collapse against the French since the defeat in Euro 2004. Just as the Under-21's inability to keep the ball showed that they were fit to wear the same shirt as the senior team, so too the women have proven themselves by their late horror show.
Beckham's corner ball
As the Women's World Cup shows game after game, there is nothing quite as damaging to the integrity of football as bad goalkeeping. So it proves in Major League Soccer, where yesterday David Beckham scored directly from a corner-kick. His corner from the left-hand side curled, at no great height, and bounced between the legs of the Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and in. Of course, Beckham was delighted, as Galaxy won the game 2-1. But the glory of it is tainted by the poverty of the competition. At Manchester United, Real Madrid or Milan Beckham could surely not have scored like this. Surely the nature of a goal may serve to diminish the respect we accord it.
Latest in Sport
The muddy truth of the Christmas Truce game
Alexis Sanchez video: Turns out the Arsenal forward is brilliant at playing the piano too
Burnley forward George Boyd has sympathy for Brendan Rodgers - because he struggled with Liverpool on Football Manager
James Milner lives up to 'boring' tag in brilliant Manchester City Christmas video
Sir Alex Ferguson on Jose Mourinho: 'He's good looking, speaks five languages, wins everything - it's unfair'
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 North Korean prison officers 'cooked prisoner's baby and fed it to their dogs', more horrific accounts from UN report reveal
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Mayor says there should be 'no comparison' to Ferguson
- 4 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...
£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...
Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...