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The Light Roller: England’s transformation into ruthless cue ball killers is warming us up.

So, cricket has come home. again – as an indolent Gen Zedder who can’t pay the rent and moves back in with his parents. At least this one has had the decency to come back with something worth a little at the pawn shop after couch surfing Australia for the past month.
In the end, relying on the 1992 vibes and Matt Hayden’s ayahuasca-fueled team talks wasn’t enough for Pakistan. Sure, Imran Khan is once again revving up the masses and the value of the pound has gone through the roof, but this time the cornered tigers were chasing their own tails against a T20 equipped machine backed by the talent and insights of worldwide. Truly, it was a story for cricket romantics to embrace.

Is it too much to suggest that the success of a team with players with roots in England, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, the West Indies and led by a group of Australians is a victory for cricket as a whole? Yes, of course, that would be complete nonsense. But if he hasn’t added to the joy of the nations, then at least ignorant little Blighty feels a little less miserable.

The UK is of course in its third prime minister of the year (thanks India for the last one) and has been running its economy “like an emerging market” so it should be abundantly clear that we have given up. . trying to tell the rest of the world how to do things. Or, perhaps more accurately, the rest of the world has stopped listening. But accepting the view, long accepted by most established cricketing countries, that playing in your pajamas was actually serious business continues to pay off for England.

The Light Roller has mentioned before how baffling it is to anyone exposed even within a few minutes of the 1999 World Cup that England have not only won two men’s white ball titles in the last three years, but are now seems to be setting the tone. standard for all others. It’s about as plausible as Krusty the Clown opening an architecture firm or Donald Trump being elected president.

But it turns out that by listening to others and/or poaching your players/coaches, you can achieve a cockle-heating growth story. It could only have been bettered if Jos Buttler’s side had shown the full extent of their conversion from preachy establishment buffoons to edgy cue ball killers by finishing off Pakistan in the final with a non-striker exit while falling back.

Come on, Jose. You can do it. Mankad your way into our hearts forever.

Think of Australia, which had to suffer the aftermath of the “sprinkler dance” when England celebrated at the MCG. These are strange times for Australian cricketers, whose skill set was previously not required to extend much beyond growing a moustache, knocking out eardrums and smashing the opponent until next week. Since Sandpapergate, they’ve all had to become paragons of virtue: an accelerated gear change when the squeaky-clean Tim Paine lost the test captaincy over a sexting scandal, only to be replaced by an even more suspiciously perfect model in Pat Cummins. . Now, after Australia decided to reduce their carbon footprint by being knocked out of their own tournament, “Captain Woke” is being blamed by some quarters for spending more time trying to save the planet than his own bowling figures. In truth, climate change has a lot to answer for.
There was no such identity crisis for South Africa, which has taken its own self-repeating history to realms far beyond tragedy, comedy and farce. At one stage of the Super 12, South Africa were the only unbeaten team left in the World Cup and only needed a win against Pakistan (on the verge of elimination) or the Netherlands (who they had never lost) to confirm a place in the last 16. of end. . That the final shot was delivered by a Dutch team with four South African-born players just added to Freudian levels of self-sabotage. “We have to accept that we will wear choker etiquette again,” captain Temba Bavuma reflected afterwards, before offering a solution: “The way to get over it is to reach the final of an ICC event and win the competition.” .” There you have it, South Africa. Easy! Now why didn’t anyone think of that before?

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