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Anna Thompson | 19:59 UK time, Saturday, 22 August 2009

The Oval - I know it is a sweeping generalisation but from my experience South Africans are not known for being shy and retiring types.

Which is why I was pretty confident Cape Town-born Jonathan Trott would not look like the proverbial rabbit in the headlights when he stepped out at The Oval for his England Test match debut. And so it proved.

He has made a hugely impressive debut by scoring a maiden Test century - becoming the 18th England player to do so and only the third at The Oval behind Frank Hayes and WG Grace.

And we must not forget his great catch in the first innings when he snaffled Australia dangerman Michael Clarke at short extra cover to augment England's chances of regaining the Ashes urn....

It seems foolish now to wind back a week to when the media was full of speculation that Mark Ramprakash, Rob Key and even the retired Marcus Trescothick could come back for the do-or-die fifth Ashes Test against the Aussies, with Ravi Bopara looking like a broken man after scoring just 105 runs in seven innings at an average of 15.trott595.jpg

But the England selectors should be praised for sticking to their guns by employing their next-man-in policy - and that happened to be Trott.

After being named in the Headingley squad but subsequently not used, they finally gave Trott the nod for the all-important Oval Test - and he wasn't going to let the big occasion to him. Instead he grabbed his chance with both hands.

His half-brother Kenny Jackson, who played for Boland and Western Province, said of Trott's call-up: "It's not especially surprising that this has happened. It wasn't a lucky selection; he pretty much kicked the door down.

"He has been in and out of the England squad enough times now not to have rookie jitters. I don't think the situation will overwhelm him. He's in the form of his life and he is certainly good enough. He can walk on water at the moment."

Blimey, it's as though Kenny had been looking into a crystal ball!

The 28-year-old is a British passport holder and his grandparents British (his grandad still lives in Chislehurst in Kent).

After playing for his native South Africa at under-15, 17 and 19 levels he committed himself to the England cause, signing for Warwickshire in 2003, and became England-qualified in 2006.

He was first on England's radar in 2007 when he was picked for a couple of Twenty20 internationals against West Indies but these were spectacularly unsuccessful. He made just 11 runs in two innings and was sent back to county cricket.

But he did not give up hope and credits a chat with former England spinner Ashley Giles, who had just been named Warwickshire director of cricket, for helping plot his international future.

Trott kept his career bubbling on a couple of A tours with the Lions when Andy Flower, now England coach, was the assistant, and it has certainly helped his cause that Giles, now one of England's selectors, was a big fan.

They certainly could not miss his county exploits this season. In 11 matches he has amassed 1013 runs and scored four centuries at an average of 92.09. So he was ripe for inclusion (it all seems so simple in hindsight!)

In the first innings in south London he was looking assured on 41 when a superb run-out by Simon Katich ended his time at the crease.

In his second innings he was determined to grind it out and was man enough to come out to bat with England wobbling on 39-3 close to the end of the second day when they could have instead sent out their nightwatchman.

And with a mixture of superb composure under pressure (and a bit of luck on 97 when he almost edged onto his stumps) he made his ton off 182 balls, including nine fours, to rapturous applause.

At the news conference after the day's play had ended, Trott, proudly wearing his England shirt bearing the number 645 on it, was confident but not arrogant as he spoke of the satisfying feeling of scoring a hundred.trottton595.jpg

He did seem genuinely shocked to hear his mum had been shown on television in tears when he reached the milestone.

"I'm having dinner tonight with them. I hope they can keep it together," he joked.

And when another journalist asked if it was true he was related to former England and Australia Test player Albert Trott (from the late 1800s) he replied: "My grandad reckons so but you'll have to ask him. He's in Chislehurst."

There are of course going to be comparisons with another well-known South African playing for England - a certain Kevin Pietersen - but Trott straight batted the question saying: "I don't want to emulate anyone."

If anything he seems to be a more thinking man's KP - if he doesn't mind me saying so.

He reckoned he had "stayed clear of anything that could unsettle me" ahead of the Test so he had not read the comments by Australia captain Ricky Ponting questioning his inclusion in such an important match as "an act of desperation".

When a reporter piped up that South Africa coach Mickey Arthur had said Trott's move to England had been good because he would not have got into the current South Africa team, Trott retorted: "He was right, it was a good move."

Trott seems so at ease and comfortable it is hard to believe it's his first Test but, judging by his performance and demeanour, he could be heading for a long stint in the squad.

The decision for the selectors ahead of the Test series to South Africa this winter will be who does he replace? Will Bopara be given another chance or is Paul Collingwood's place in jeopardy after a poor Ashes series? Those arguments are for another day.

There certainly isn't any argument that Trott has galloped his way into England fans' hearts.


  • 1. At 9:59pm on 22 Aug 2009, Edricson wrote:

    I would just point out that Collingwood's "poor Ashes series" included a 74 at Cardiff without which this match would in effect be a dead rubber.

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  • 2. At 10:39pm on 22 Aug 2009, britch13 wrote:

    This is not brilliantly written.

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  • 3. At 10:49pm on 22 Aug 2009, Blogcabin wrote:

    #2 Nor is your comment. "This". What exactly is "This"? If you are commenting on the above, it should be "This article"

    And #1: Collingwood has had a poor series. One decent innings out of 10 and you think that is anything but?

    With regards Trott the centurion, I was chuffed for him. Really does make you wonder how no-one in the England side other than Cap'n Strauss has scored 100 in the Ashes. Does it also show up anything about the quality of the County Championship where Bopara scored at will?

    Anyway, loving the Jeckyl and Hyde England; first in the 20/20 world cup and then in the Ashes. Just adds to the excitement!

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  • 4. At 11:14pm on 22 Aug 2009, kingsholmmad wrote:

    Trott played a structured, measured innings of real quality that couldn't have been more different from the average crash-bang-wallop Pieterson innings. I can, however, see a time when Trott and Pieterson could make a very handy hard-to-break middle-order partnership but I hope the selectors can resist the urge to push Trott up the order too soon (the mistake they've made with Bopara). He needs to get used to the England set-up. However, if they do resist that urge then the selectors will probably have to rely on Bell to hold up the No3 spot, something with which he has struggled in the past.

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  • 5. At 11:15pm on 22 Aug 2009, vcfsantos wrote:

    #1 - Collingwood is now struggling to justify his place. He is the senior batsman in the middle order and a couple of good innings a series is not sufficient.

    #2 - Get a life! In what way is the blog not 'brilliantly written'? Its a blog from someone who attended the test today. Its interesting enough, offers enough opinion and reads rather nicely thank you very much. I enjoy reading Dirs as much as the next bloke but there's no harm in a bit of change.

    As for this test. If it was any other nation I'd say we were red hot favoutites. But it isn't. It's Australia. It will be tight.

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  • 6. At 11:59pm on 22 Aug 2009, snoopy wrote:

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  • 7. At 00:12am on 23 Aug 2009, Nath77777 wrote:

    #2 - If you want good cricket writing, go to the Guardian. If you want articles that could've been written by an eleven-year-old, stay here. The only BBC writer (just about) worth reading is Aggers - all the others either know little about the game or don't express it very well. Maybe it's deliberate, like the Sun deliberately writing for a reading age of 8 - who knows?

    #1 - Colly had a good second innings in Cardiff but has looked like he's "batting with a stump" (his words in Australia 06/07) since. He, Cook and Bell need Test runs, quickly.

    Trott, however, has been a revelation. What this article doesn't mention is that it looked like the Aussies had worked out his technique and found him lacking within about 20 balls of the first innings, but he battled through and improved so, so quickly; he seemed to have already sorted out the problems by the beginning of his second innings.

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  • 8. At 01:00am on 23 Aug 2009, buymespresso wrote:

    "Trott gallops his way..." Onions and Trott have made this summer a headline-writer's paradise.

    England clearly need to nick more players from South Africa, just like the Saffers nick rugby players from Zimbabwe. Strauss (okay, he doesnt count since he left SA at six), KP, Trott... I wonder, is it currently possible to pick a XI of SA-born players who are England-qualified? And would they beat England?

    Looking at hermandw's list of Test cricketers' origins (bingoogle it, it's great reading) five England-born cricketers played Tests for SA (Frank Hearne, Howard Francis, George Thornton, Reggie Schwarz, Frank Mitchell - all before World War One) while the reverse count is nine. (Ten if you include Strauss). They are Basil D'Oliveira (England Test debut 1966), Tony Greig (1972), Allan Lamb (1982), Ian Greig (1982), Chris Smith (1983), Neal Radford (1986), Robin Smith (1988), KP, Trott.

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  • 9. At 01:00am on 23 Aug 2009, zeusbok wrote:

    cant wait to see SA a vs SA b in SA at the end of 2009!
    Should be good seeing all the expats who make up ingerland playing back home!

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  • 10. At 01:53am on 23 Aug 2009, dime666 wrote:

    The #2 poster is correct. I would expect more from a BBC sport journalist. This article lacks decent grammar and any sort of depth.

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  • 11. At 01:58am on 23 Aug 2009, John Holden-Peters wrote:

    Good blog, if a bit heavy.

    The important things are that, for once, the selectors deserve credit for the selection of Trott: we seem to have found a genuine test batsman. This cancels out the absurd inclusion of Monty in the squad when there was never the least intention of letting him get his hands on the ball.

    Collingwood and Bell are not test batsmen-- this match finally put the final conclusion to any debate on that matter, though we have to find better replacements and that will not be easy. To me the important thing is to have taken the decision that they are living on borrowed time and not to be persuaded to give them another chance by the odd excellent performance.

    Thank you Steve Harmison, you have been a faithful servant to English cricket but you no longer have a place in a team with Anderson and Broad. Many of us who watched the 2005 Ashes dreamt of England being the dominant team, on the back of the Famous Four, Harmy, Flintoff, Jones and Hoggard.I suspect that the only one of the four that may appear in an England shirt again is Hoggard.

    The reasons for this dramatic change are difficult to tie down: it is impossible that fast bowlers owe their physique and strength again to their time in the mines, as was the case 60 or 70 years ago. So where is the next Larwood or Tyson going to come from?

    Right now, England has an impressive battery of fast bowlers, seamers, swingers and a mixture of both. I would go so far as to say that we haven't enjoyed such a variety of top-class fast bowlers for a very long time.

    Tomorrow, they come up against the Aussies, fighting for their life as only they know how. The fast bowlers will play their part and take a few wickets, but it will be Swann who determines whether, tomorrow night, we are drinking beer to drown our sorrows or the best French champagne to celebrate an unexpected win.

    It will be champagne....

    I have forgotten where I started: now I remember... congratulations Jonathan Trott for an innings which, outside the context of a match to decide the Ashes, would have been excellent, but within it, wa simply brilliant.


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  • 12. At 03:12am on 23 Aug 2009, archLionheart wrote:

    With regard to the blog.

    So you're a SENIOR broadcast journalist? Obviously rank improves the quality of the writing, yes? Well, It wasn't THAT bad but if you are going to put tickets on yourself in a certain way then give us something more than frankly we can get just about anywhere. I was a senior in my place of work but that was only because I had been there longer than anyone else and was older.Just introduce yourself then write, we don't need the medals.

    With regard to the comment on players nationalities, could we please stop with this old chestnut?
    Whenever England appear to be doing well and especially against Australia, some plonker starts whingeing on about where England would or wouldn't be but for overseas players,conveniently forgetting Australia claim more people from overseas as "dinky dye Australians" than just about anyone. (I could insert names here but I won't as I would be doing that which I'm asking not to be done).
    International rules allow for players to switch between countries nowadays, within certain limitations, that's it! If a player wants to go through the qualifying period and fulfills the requirements so be it. The purists won't like it, and I can't say I care for it much myself, but until such time as everyone is squeaky clean, let it go.

    As for the game, we should win but there are a full 2 days to go and I'm still uneasy, and bye the way I'm still angry at the captain for throwing his wicket away 3 balls before lunch. He was on target for a big one and we should have had the score we have now but with only a couple more in the shed really rubbing it in. As it was we were bowled out.

    I'm sure I'll get over it though.

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  • 13. At 03:59am on 23 Aug 2009, masterRichieA wrote:

    I think its fair to say.. that English sports stars seem to lack something when the time comes to 'stand up and be counted!'
    Well fair play to Trott.. because against the odds he produced the goods.. i'm buzzing for the man.. what a class performance! I hope now that the team all follow suit with the ball.. and we can wrap the Ashes up in style!

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  • 14. At 05:31am on 23 Aug 2009, tau171 wrote:

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  • 15. At 06:09am on 23 Aug 2009, Sevenseaman wrote:

    Whether Kenny was looking into a crystal ball or was too damned distraught staring at the obvious talent owned by Trott not finding favor with the national selectors could be a matter of debate. Nevertheless Anna, you have nicely summed up the Trott situation. Do not be discouraged by the stingy vibes.. and jibes.
    #1 Edricson, you have a Collygood point about the match-saving Cardiff innings, but Colly show has been wooden ever since. He is fast folding up into a Test nonentity. To sustain credibility he will surely need to line up some more references.
    And #11, oldmanwillow, Monty hanging around in the squad is far from being an absurdity. I am sure the selectors really had a poser. It may yet come to pass that England bowling, in the context of Oval pitch, would have been immensely better off with some Monty in lieu of the ponderous, portly, heavy duty stuff it is stuck with. Between the cup and the lip I hope there is no proverbial slip. Champagne, is it?

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  • 16. At 09:01am on 23 Aug 2009, Rob Olivier wrote:

    The danger for England is that they bowl badly.

    There is no room to bowl short, wide, down leg. Harmison should be taken off if he bowls short, lets easy runs away.

    Bowl fast 90mph+ balls, pitched up on the off stump; just outside...let the batsman make the mistake to the length jumping ball. Change the pace of some pitched up balls with the slower ball.

    Swann is key; but he will need to give the ball air, float it up and give the ball a rip.

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  • 17. At 09:34am on 23 Aug 2009, ChrisRamsbottom wrote:

    @8 - Neal Radford a Saffer? I thought he was Zambian?

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  • 18. At 09:40am on 23 Aug 2009, waldovski wrote:


    Just to follow up on your point, it is really disheartening that in this age of specialisation, you can find on the BBC the same person blogging and live comm'ing for any combination of football, tennis, cricket, snooker, athletics, rugby, boxing and golf (I'm sure I've missed some), and the lack of in-depth knowledge (and sometimes even basic knowledge!) of the sport shows very easily.

    Also, this trend of substituting expertise and knowledge for the 'comedy' of Dirs and Fordyce is so, so disappointing, especially coming from the self-proclaimed pinnacle of journalism that is the BBC. Since when is appealing to teenagers more important than delivering an enriching experience of the sport?

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  • 19. At 09:42am on 23 Aug 2009, lcfc_hucc_ncc wrote:

    @8 - think you are missing Matt Prior!?!?!?

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  • 20. At 09:44am on 23 Aug 2009, jonnynec wrote:

    It is a funny old game, I remember English cricket commentators criticising Ireland for using non Irish cricket players...double standards my friends.

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  • 21. At 09:50am on 23 Aug 2009, slogik wrote:

    Re the players: What few seem to have picked up is the unhistrionic nature of both Trott and Broad. Trott is reminiscent of the quality test batsmen (not 'batters') of the 50s and 60s - summed up simply as undemonstrative class and application, and Broad is the reliable and productive 'Statham' to Flintoff's erratic but noisy Trueman.

    With a few more such players the England(?) team could restore interest beyond tabloid sensationalism.

    Re the TMS reports, blogs, and commentators - yes it's mostly puerile dross. The line-by-line commentary report is particularly juvenile - 9-yr old schoolboy snigger material. Blogs? Well, what do you expect from the virtually-qualified yet still illiterate university product?

    Commentators: Appallingly jingoistic and doom-laden on the English side. The redeeming features are the light-hearted wit of Marks and Tufnell, restoring the right perspective, and the much lighter, more knowledgeable, and less aggressively biased Australian commentators. Perhaps we could have a day of Aussies-only next time.

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  • 22. At 09:52am on 23 Aug 2009, Tony wrote:

    Who would you have opening with Straussy because Cook has been very poor as well?

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  • 23. At 10:04am on 23 Aug 2009, richiehart wrote:

    Without wanting to sound like someone with too much time on their hands, it is distracting and disappointing to read grammatical errors, especially on the BBC website.

    "..wasn't going to let the big occasion (get?) to him"


    "..his grandparents (are?) British"

    Check it before you present it dude!

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  • 24. At 10:04am on 23 Aug 2009, wicket2wicket wrote:

    All I can say is don@t panic, they were 73-0 in the first innings. England are still red hot favourites on a pitch taking spin and variable bounce. Yes Australia will fight to the death, they always do. If it was a flat track pitch I would have given them a chance of pulling it off.
    If buy some miracle they do manage a feat thats never been done before.
    I would expect everyone posting on here to give them all the accolades they would deserve and not offer ANY excuses...I would applaud them all the way back to OZ. Any way don't worry it is a bridge to far, believe me.

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  • 25. At 10:23am on 23 Aug 2009, Bobby's Blue & White Army wrote:

    Listen to some of you middle-England lot slating the journalist who wrote this. Not because she is a woman by any chance is it? I love laughing at the privately educated morons who think their opinions are correct simply because they are stated in Queens English.

    Anyway, back to more important matters, excellent innings by Trott and lets just hope Swanny's swashbuckling innings will give him the confidence to bring the Ashes home. I get the impression from interviews that Swann thinks quite highly of himself, he certainly talks the talk, lets just hope today he walks the walk.... or spins the spin.....

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  • 26. At 10:25am on 23 Aug 2009, AVBs Negative Spiral wrote:

    To #11 (oldmanwillow), Collingwood has proved himself at test level, however he is shockingly out of form at the moment. It is probably only the fact that he is the only experienced middle order batsman England have that has saved his place.

    What Trott has proved is that test cricket is about technique and temperament. Bopara may be able to Hick poor quality bowling attacks around the park in the 2nd division, and even a below average W. Indies attack, but he is nowhere near good enough for the Egland team.

    Also congratulations to the selectors for picking the team based on ability, rather than giving in to the media hype and picking based on celebrity. An average of 27 speaks volumes, Ramprakash never has been and never will be a test player.

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  • 27. At 10:47am on 23 Aug 2009, JeffFew wrote:


    Matt Prior was born in Johannesburg (as was Strauss), making 4 SA born players that have played for us in this series.

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  • 28. At 11:51am on 23 Aug 2009, foreignersteve88 wrote:

    England = South Africa B-team ha ha ha
    Funny how all England's most influential players are all
    South African born, but would probably struggle to get into our side
    (that is the Proteas) oh well you can have them all.
    I welcome all comments and compliments.

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  • 29. At 11:58am on 23 Aug 2009, ddrew5 wrote:

    Just thought I should front up as one of the pessimistic bloggers during the latter stages of the last test.

    I didn't write off an England win in the deciding match. I expressed concern that a win might again paper over some of the areas that need a little work. Our batting is still fragile and the load not shared evenly enough between the batsmen.

    As an Englishman (albeit an ex-pat in Sydney) I will, of course, be happy if we do complete the expected result today or tomorrow. However, the quality of the series has not been of the standard of 2005 and I can’t help pondering the significance of Australia having more centuries and the highest three wicket takers (prior to this test, at least).

    Anyway, we've obviously won more of those key moments so let’s celebrate (but with a bit of perspective this time around).

    Finally, remember at the end of day one when people were saying that they would have to wait until Australia batted before they would know how good England's first innings was? Well I think the same goes for this series. Let's wait until England have toured Australia next and see if we can do better than last tour's 5-0 whitewash.

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  • 30. At 12:22pm on 23 Aug 2009, billionplus wrote:

    Well played South Africa!

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  • 31. At 12:46pm on 23 Aug 2009, archLionheart wrote:

    Foreignersteve, I refer you to post number 12 and especially the word plonker!

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  • 32. At 1:10pm on 23 Aug 2009, *Syds_Sports wrote:

    I never fail to be astonished by the breathtaking rudeness of some posters - whilst knowing full well that these same offensive people would NEVER treat someone in the same way face-to-face. So, effectively, they are cowards, hiding behind anonymity.

    As for Trott - he was calm, assured and had the confidence to wait for the runs; I have no doubt he will become a fixture in the England team.

    Thanks for some unknown (to me, at least!) insights, Anna - I bet his Grandad didn't have to buy his own pints in a pub in Chislehurst last night!

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  • 33. At 1:45pm on 23 Aug 2009, Wolves4CL wrote:

    #32 - ... rude ... offensive ... cowards ...

    Not exactly averse to a bit of anonymous name-calling yourself, are you? You might want to add 'patronising hypocrite' to your vocabulary.

    See, now you've gone and made me do it as well!

    Chill out and enjoy the cricket!

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  • 34. At 2:22pm on 23 Aug 2009, foreignersteve88 wrote:

    yo archLionheart just calm down buddy boo hoo, facing the truth that sa are gonna once again beat the aussies must be difficult to handle but im sure u'll all get over it. Big up to billionplus(30) go SA!!!

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  • 35. At 2:57pm on 23 Aug 2009, archLionheart wrote:

    Repeat post 31, and said word Plonker.

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  • 36. At 3:26pm on 23 Aug 2009, leggeup wrote:

    Thanks, Anna! Knuckleheads are obviously no longer in short supply.
    I'm looking forward to Kieswetter, Compton, Malan, Dexter, Carter, Lumb, Wessels and anyone else in County cricket with South African connections that I might have overlooked, joining a touring party, preferably to SA.
    The SA government interfered with team selection and talented individuals voted with their feet. This is England’s gain, SA’s loss, regardless of McArthur’s denials. I hope England thrash SA in the coming test series.

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  • 37. At 4:46pm on 23 Aug 2009, mindajax wrote:

    Why get annoyed at the writing of the blog? It's a blog, not a news article or piece of analysis. If you think the writing is not as in-depth as you fancy, go read the stuff you know you like, don't complain about the stuff that you don't. Why does it matter how she describes herself? She probably works in (as she mentions) winter sports where her description as a senior broadcaster is vindicated. She admits she likes cricket and obviously felt like writing an article voicing an opinion (although grammar mistakes are a bit sloppy). I found it interesting. And nothing would compel me, if I hadn't, to be insulting.

    As for #33, I would actually agree with those labels and would happily say that to the face of those people who posted. There is no excuse for being that impolite

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  • 38. At 6:14pm on 23 Aug 2009, templea wrote:

    Just shows you that google isn't always right....
    I think that you'll find that Neal Radford was born in Luanshya, Northern Rhodesia - Zimbabwe to you
    Anyway, semantics aside - well done boys especially Trotty - got a chance, took it with both hands - England's number 4 for a good few years now.

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  • 39. At 7:08pm on 23 Aug 2009, Tomath wrote:

    And I think you'll find that Luanshaya is now in Zambia. Just goes to show that you aren't always right either.

    foreignersteve88, OK, we will keep them. Also, I didn't realise that Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff and Graeme Swann were South African. Thanks for the information.

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  • 40. At 7:30pm on 23 Aug 2009, foreignersteve88 wrote:

    @39 Tomaths...Blah blah blah...its still a 4:3 ratio in favour of s.a..
    So enjoy the ashes glory thanx mainly due to the efforts of the xpats.

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  • 41. At 8:40pm on 23 Aug 2009, Sandpolo wrote:

    Well played, England. You gave us South Africans a run for our money last year, and now you've won back the Ashes. A strong England team is great for world cricket. I now look forward to a revival of the Windies.

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  • 42. At 8:45pm on 23 Aug 2009, jdizzle2000 wrote:

    Seeing as Paul Collingwood has a test average of over 40 it is stupid to call his skill into question.
    He has indeed has a poor series but if one poor series then pretty much everyone who has played cricket is also poor.
    Bell Has an average approaching 40 which is better than many players that have played for england in the last 10-15 years.

    I find it funny how all these quality players didnt play for there "home country", must say alot about SA and its leaking of talent.

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  • 43. At 8:47pm on 23 Aug 2009, Moonhead45 wrote:

    Am her English, letting we down?

    A senior sports writer that seems to indulge cricket - Maybe the likes of curling, bobsleigh and skiing have a different audience. Or maybe the "fast and furious" sports have no time for grammar, depth and at the minimum, a clue about the sport in question as long as it "rocks"

    Babycham anyone?

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  • 44. At 9:00pm on 23 Aug 2009, GreyWolf4 wrote:

    #43. You are probably correct, I don't really have the time or inclination to double check. Still, they are expatriates; through some decision making process, be it political, geographical or talent related they have chosen to play for England. Moaning about it changes nothing.

    Similarly, if any nationalities from around the world want to increase Great Britain’s presence at the winter Olympics, tennis etc, then I won't be complaining.

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  • 45. At 9:22pm on 23 Aug 2009, Moonhead45 wrote:

    #44. What?

    And Can I have some of what you've had? As clearly my babycham needs a kick......

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  • 46. At 06:03am on 24 Aug 2009, Shupi wrote:

    Is it just me, or do others feel a bit uncomfortable about yet another South African being swiftly rebranded into an Englishman?

    Let's be clear on this, Trott, Pietersen and all the others came over here primarily to make the kind of money which isn't available in South African cricket.

    I don't think you can just wake up one morning, decide to ditch all your in-bred allegiances, and start kissing the badge of another country.

    It also makes me laugh how reporters refer to these players as "South Africa born", as though they had been whisked off to the UK as babes-in-arms, and it was only a complete accident of timing that they were not born in the UK.

    Most of these guys are dyed-in-the-wool South Africans, having been schooled and raised in their system. We should copy their development structure, improve our own cricketers, and not resort to cheque-book recruitment.

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  • 47. At 07:55am on 24 Aug 2009, splendidsparrow wrote:

    Relax (#46) and enjoy the moment!

    Trott, for all intents and purposes is an Englishman. Period! Chill out...~! He was his country's hero in the decider!

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  • 48. At 09:01am on 24 Aug 2009, DrCajetanCoelho wrote:

    Cape Town-born Jonathan Trott has the talent and qualities to become the back bone of any batting side. Congrats to the centurion.

    Dr. Cajetan Coelho

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  • 49. At 09:52am on 24 Aug 2009, matman47 wrote:

    Oh my! Some of our batsmen are genetically or geographically somewhat impure?! There are half-bloods in the team?! Seriously, people; get over yourselves. You sound like a bunch of cricketing Death Eaters.

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  • 50. At 09:56am on 24 Aug 2009, twctopcat wrote:

    Trott has a bit of Thorpe about him. They shouldn't even think about moving him from 5.

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  • 51. At 09:59am on 24 Aug 2009, Tomath wrote:

    I don't care where our cricketers come from, as long as they perform for England. If they're motivated by money, then at least they're being motivated by something!

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