20 September 2010
Another week has gone by and I am still on my feet. At least I am tottering about using my gutter frame but would not feel very confident in going any great distance with it.
The longest journey I do at the moment is from the house to the office and back. Regular readers will recall that I start every day with a series of exercises in bed stretching most of my limbs. Then, after breakfast, I have recently taken to doing two or 3 circuits inside the house believing this will help to preserve my leg muscles. However, as this is all guesswork I decided that it was time to call for the neuro physiotherapist, Mel, from the Saffron Waldon Community Hospital to check out what I’m doing and advised me whether to continue with these exercises or to substitute something else.
Mel came afternoonI demonstrated t hooeall dof the exercises that I do in bed, the morningÂ before rising. She approved of them all. The only caveat being not to overdo it. If I find I’m getting tired then cut them down, otherwise keep up the good work I’m helping to preserve what little muscle and joint mobility I have leftÂ
In the early afternoon I suddenly remembered that this was the day of the fourth ODI against Pakistan, this one at my beloved Lords. Why was I not there? Although I had tickets for it, as it did not start until one o’clock and was likely to go on to eight or nine o’clock in the evening I had previously decided it might be too much first me. Anyway, I had the compensation of watching it on my laptop.
Bearing in mind that the corruption charges against the Pakistan team seemed to be gathering force added to which the Pakistanis are now accusing England of taking large sums of money in order to lose the previous one-day matche, the atmosphere was somewhat charged. Despite that it wasn’t a bad game with Pakistan backing first and knocking up a respectable 265 for7, with Swann taking 4 for 37. England were all for 227 after 46.1 overs, 38 short of the Pakistan’s score, with Gul doing most of the damage taking four wickets for 32 runs. This despite a spirited start by the English openers, Strauss (68) and Davies (49), the rest of the team failed dismally. The spirit is gone out of this particular series with all the accusations of corruption flying around. Nevertheless, the outcome of his five match series has come down to the last game in two days time.