Observant readers will note the omission of “Sporting” in the title. This was because “family” might be the better word. We had invited my brother and his family for the day to our coastal home. They number ten and with other guests this was 13 in all. I had agreed to this day as the Sunday August bank Hoilday has has become the traditional day of their state visit.
I heard on TMS of various cricket fans around the globe following the Test in extraordinary circumstances. I was tempted, as I took my portable radio to the amusement park, to offer my own. By the trampolines I admitted truthfully to fatigue and my brother and returned to base camp for a nap.
Try as I could I could not stay awake and when I eventually stirred Ben Stokes had won the day by one wicket. Over the years people will forget the Nathan Lyon fumble, the badly taken third review and the Wade diving failed attempt to catch. It was Ben Stokes’s day.
Nowadays who works for what broadcasting station is unclear but SKY seem to have exclusive contracts and on that channel Mike Atherton is always worth listening to.
There is something about a captain that means a better grip of what’s going on – Richie Benaud was peerless and I’m impressed by the analysis of Sir Alistair Cook.
Let’s start with the Test stats. Ian Botham had a Test batting average of just under 35, a bowling average of 32 and took 105 catches.
Ben Stokes’s Test batting average is 35, bowling 32 and catches 55.
Both were anti-establishment, blessed with extraordinary talent, never far way from controversy.
Both the men for the big occasion.
It’s been a summer marred by rain but we have now seen 3 quite extraordinary games.
He criticised the format but I don’t suppose he will be handing back $15 million.
His last major was several years ago but this is this was his third PGA victory this year.
The Scandinavian masters was won by South African Erik van Rooyen whose surname is almost identical to a good friend of mine.
This and his recent form might have induced a small wager but I was on Alex Noren who did not feature.