The Press Tent: Poor choices edition
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Analysing the Analyst
We’ll say this straight up. We don’t have a lot of time for Simon Hughes. Even before those execrable Kia adverts, the 39th Most Powerful Man In English Cricket had much to answer for, most notably his shabby disregard for Jonathan Trott’s illness on the last Ashes tour.
But we’re just about willing to give 39MPMIEC the benefit of the doubt and accept this piss-poor tweet is a failed gag rather than something more sinister.
Question: doesn’t Moeen Ali like his teammates…? pic.twitter.com/yoqc5Lsf2O
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) August 8, 2017
If doing a shit joke on Twitter is a crime, we’d all be in jail with no hope of parole.
However, 189 replies and 10 retweets is a textbook IFTTR (I’ve Fucked This Tweet Ratio) and clearly set alarm bells ringing.
At this point, Hughes still had options. He could have simply deleted the tweet – a cowardly way out but at least acknowledging the error was his. He could have deleted the tweet and apologised for the error of judgement, which would have been better still.
Or he could Analyse the situation using his superior Analyst’s brain, send an explanatory “of course…” tweet an hour later and then criticise everyone who “jumped to conclusions” in the – in Twitter terms – yawning chasm of time he just left his original tweet out there stinking up the joint.
For those who jumped to conclusions… https://t.co/bPjV5XnG2e
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) August 8, 2017
To paraphrase Principal Seymour Skinner, “Was my tweet so out of touch? No, it’s my followers who are wrong.”
The big question now, of course, is how far will all this social media infamy propel 39MPMIEC up the new, updated Power List?
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) August 10, 2017
“Will day-night Test cricket have a lasting effect? We’ll have to wait several years to find out.”
Mike Selvey puts his head on the block for Sky Sports.
Sign of the Times
Good exclusive in the Times this week, on discarded England opener Keaton Jennings potentially seeking a move from Durham to a Division One club in an attempt to rekindle his international aspirations.
“Although the 25-year-old signed a four-year contract last autumn,” The Times reveal, “it is understood the terms of his deal would allow him to move if Durham did not earn promotion to the top flight.”
Good info. Wonder where they understood it from…
Decent piece this on Nathan Lyon, but we can’t help but be tickled by the concept of an underrated GOAT.
Maybe such apparent paradoxes are a spin thing. England, after all, continue to pick their second-choice twirler as their sole spinner.
Read of the week
“It was the first time in history a team went 5-0 down after one Test.” The incomparable Rob Smyth on the scariest Test England ever played.
Snow hits Glamorgan hopes as Rory Burns and Ben Foakes shine for Surrey
Burns made 74 and England team-mate Foakes an unbeaten 81 for Surrey against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
ICC Player of the Month nominations for March announced
Winners of the player of the month awards will be announced every second Monday of the month on the ICC’s digital channels.
Billy Root overshadows brother Joe as England captain suffers against Glamorgan
The visitors closed the second day with the upper hand at Headingley.
Sadiq Khan hoping to attract future IPL matches to London
London has staged NFL, MLB and NBA matches in London in the past and the London Mayor hopes IPL matches can also be staged in the capital.
Dan Lawrence shows early touch as Essex start strongly in Championship
There were big hundreds for Sam Robson, Tom Haines and James Vince.
Sachin Tendulkar thanks medical staff after returning home from hospital
Tendulkar was admitted to hospital last week after revealing he had tested positive for Covid-19 and had been in quarantine at home.
New Zealand name squad for their Test tour of England
New Zealand have named a 20-player squad for their tour of England, with three uncapped prospects in the group.
Jamie Porter hoping for England call after picking James Anderson’s brain
Porter was close to his England debut against India three years ago but has fallen down the pecking order.
ICC pressing ahead with plans for T20 World Cup in India despite Covid-19 spike
Acting chief executive Geoff Allardice says the ICC is “not anywhere near” activating any contingency plans.