22 September 2010
For those readers who are not cricket lovers they will be delighted to learn that today is the last of the international cricket season, at least so far as the UK is concerned -the fifth, and deciding game in the One-Day Internationals against Pakistan.
England won the toss and decided to bat however they started disastrously. Losing Strauss (27) Davis (a 17) and Trott (3) and found themselves 47 for 3. 12 runs later Collingwood retired ill with a migraine, so things were looking pretty bleak for England. A spirited partnership between Morgan and Bell of just under 100 and then with the recovered Collingwood. the star of the show, Morgan, took England to a respectable score of 256 for 6 with Morgan on an unbeaten 107. Certainly not an ungettable target for Pakistan.
Pakistan started well enough losing their first wicket at 63 to Wright. After that it was all down hill with Broad and Swann taking three apiece and tumbling Pakistan out for 135 in only 37 overs. A sad end to what has been a very controversial series exacerbated by ridiculous allegations of spot fixing by the English players, made by the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman countering the allegations made against the Pakistan team. Relief all round this series is ever that we now can look forward to the Ashes in Australia.Â
On the homefront as I have been suffering from a dead ear for the last four or five days which refused to clear, I called him the Dr. and he put me on antibiotics and eardrops for a suspected infection. I must get it cleared up the before going to Thailand as there is nothing more painful than an infected ear in a pressurized cabin.