Being Paul Harris…

…apparently means that the day after getting excoriated in print by a famous cricket blogger, you rewrite history by setting a new record for the most wides sent down by a single bowler in a Test match innings (10, to be precise) while Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar frolic past on scores of 143 and 87 respectively.

Bloody hell.  I don’t particularly like Harris, but I almost – almost – want to give him a hug.

Also: that whole, hey-we-can-just-get-DeVilliers-to-keep-wicket-and-drop-old-man-Boucher thing is working out fabulously for South Africa, isn’t it?

…oh, wait.

Damn. Who came up with that one, again?


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  1. #1 by Rishabh on 15/02/2010 - 3:17 pm

    Boucher had a back spasm, actually… he wasn’t really dropped!

    • #2 by reina on 15/02/2010 - 3:26 pm

      Yeah, I know. I was just trying to make a point about who they replaced him with, and it was directed more to the people who have been muttering about how old Boucher’s getting and that he should be replaced. Like it’s just going to be that easy. Apart from anything else, deVilliers is hardly a specialist keeper, is he? And who else would they draft in, do they even have a specialist keeper they can bring in??

      • #3 by Rishabh on 15/02/2010 - 3:32 pm

        Actually deVilliers is a specialist keeper, he just hasn’t had to do it for a few years!

        And as far as replacements go, there’s Morne van Wyk, dashing keeper-bat who played for KKR last season.

        I think they used Boucher’s absence as an excuse to try and solve their opening problem, and Peterson seems to be the answer!

  2. #4 by reina on 15/02/2010 - 3:46 pm

    Meh. I really don’t think of deVilliers as a specialist keeper, and I doubt he does either. There is van Wyk,as you said, even if he is already 31 and so maybe not ideal for a long-term replacement. What do I know, though, maybe he’ll be brilliant…

  3. #5 by Rishabh on 15/02/2010 - 3:52 pm

    There’s always Kieswetter ( but as usual, England will probably steal him. Maybe SA will borrow one from New Zealand, there’s no shortage there…

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