There are few finer sights in this great game of ours than the celebrappeal. The sight of a bowler so utterly certain of winning an lbw verdict that he need not trouble himself with so much as a glance at the umpire really cannot be beaten.
Just an excellent celebrappeal.pic.twitter.com/nnri86KNq9
— Cricket365 (@Cricket365) August 21, 2019
But not all celebrappeals are equal, and such fine exponents as Stuart Broad, Josh Hazlewood and Tim Groenewald all need to up their game after Fidel Edwards added a level of weary nonchalance to the genre. It’s an absolute beauty and to our mind a new high point in the celebrappeal world.
Naysayers may point to the fact that as Edwards’ dismissal of Rikki Clarke only reduced Surrey to a mere 556/7 his nonchalance could be put down to weariness and resignation, but to that we say tish and fipsy. Besides, it was his fifth wicket of the innings and if you show us the cricketer who says his personal stats don’t matter in a bleak team situation we’ll show you a liar.
In less important news from the same game, 21-year-old England hopeful Ollie Pope made 221 not out before toddling off to Headingley where he will be on standby should Jason Roy fail concussion tests. Roy passed a test after getting hit while batting in the nets on Tuesday and another on Wednesday but will have another test before the team is confirmed on Thursday morning.
England’s managing director of men’s cricket Ashley Giles has revealed he wants the same coach for all formats.
Eoin Morgan is committed to leading England through to the ICC World Twenty20 World Cup, according to Ashley Giles.
Lancashire beat Middlesex by 104 runs and return to Division One after winning title.
Jofra Archer, Rory Burns and Joe Denly have been handed central contracts by England after their summer performances.
Warwickshire batsman Dominic Sibley delivered another timely reminder that he may be the man for England’s winter tour.
Kyle Abbott claimed Hampshire’s best-ever bowling figures as Somerset’s hopes of winning County Championship title take hefty blow.
Virat Kohli’s guided India to a seven-wicket victory over South Africa to put them one up in the three-game T20 series
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