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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Back room battles

Gentlemen, hush -- there's a great climax building up to the West Indies v Pakistan third ODI at St Lucia, with Chris Gayle doing a Horatio act on the burning bridge, while the rest of the Windies batting, per recent norm, goes down in flames around him.

Times like this is when I miss being in India, being able to watch the action live -- as opposed to following it on scoreboards and such.

Just as I was settling down for an intriguing climax, it's all over -- Gayle caught in the covers off Shabbir Ahmed, in the first ball of the 46th; one hit too many by a batsman feeling the pressure of single-handedly trying to pull off a 300-plus chase, and the Windies are headed towards their third straight defeat of the series.

More to the point, Pakistan is headed for its 7th straight win, following on from the four-in-a-row it notched up in India.

Bob Woolmer's worked a mini-miracle with Pakistan; Greg Chappell hopes to do something similar with India; Mickey Arthur's taken over from the successful Ray Jennings in South Africa and will be on his mettle to outdo his predecessor; Sri Lanka, with Arjuna Ranatunga heading the selection committee, will likely opt for the young, hungry Tom Moody...

So who else thinks the 24 months between now and the 2007 World Cup is building into a nice little battle of the coaches?

PS: Over and out, for now... got hold of this intriguing book that's been making eyes at me all afternoon, demanding that it be read, see you guys tomorrow...

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