17. August 2010 09:09
Graeme Swann first came to my attention as a happy-go-lucky county pro who got on the radio just for being funny. He’d also played once for England, but overslept and missed the team bus. With blonde highlights in his hair and a spring in his step, he was a breath of fresh air when recalled to the England ODI team in 2007, and two wickets in his first over of test cricket also helped. Swann’s off-spin currently rivals anyone in world cricket, and he’s taken crucial wickets at crucial times (including an Ashes winning one). Now rated as the number three bowler in the world, Swanny is my ideal teammate; he’d win the game single-handedly on the pitch before having a great time in the bar afterwards. Which makes him my favourite cricket in the world.
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16. August 2010 12:44
What is there to not like or admire about Kevin Pietersen? He must be the most charasmatic cricketer since Donald Bradman graced the crease. The humble South African is a substantial addition to any side both on the pitch and especially in the dressing room where his popularity is considered his team's 12th man. One of Pietersen's greatest attributes is to be the ultimate team man and opposition bowlers know perfectly well that they have to earn his wicket which he hasn't thrown away since playing for the Pietermaritzburg U12s in 1991. He can hit any shot in the book which makes setting a field for him ever more difficult. His propensity to hit anything bowled wide outside the off stump into the legside can only be applauded instead of attempting anything resembling a boring cover drive, a shot he doesn't rate over the mis-timed top-edge to mid on. Finally his work-rate and dedication (especially to his county) is revered in all echelons of the sport, he will drive all day (in his tasteful, understated, child-friendly car) to the other end of the country just for a nets session with his county's 2nd XI. Kevin Pietersen is the ultimate idol for English cricket - a true English gentleman.
13. August 2010 16:47
My Favourite Cricketer - Marcus Trescothick.
I was worried for Tres when Fletcher picked him from my native Somerset - remember Mark Lathwell? However, he took to international cricket utterly naturally. He left well, and needed minimal footwork to hit muderously through cover and dealt with spin by putting it over midwicket. Freddie gets the plaudits for Edgbaston '05 but it was Trescothick's brutal start that set the tone. My favourite knock was 2003 against the SA, a commanding 219 to set up a 9 wicket and series win. Without his illness he would have I think become the highest English run getter and was a key component in the 05 side. Such a shame that the calm, unflustered manner at the crease hid the torment underneath which ultimately ended his career .
13. August 2010 09:23
Redheads are all the rage here in Australia; we may be about to get a redhead female Prime Minister. Andrew McDonald is my favourite cricketer for several reasons, he is a Victorian, he averages 37 with bat and 29 with ball making him a proper all-rounder, did nothing wrong in his 4 tests, is a good bloke, has a middle name of the appalling 'Barry' and once reluctantly ran me out in a 20-20 match.
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12. August 2010 17:28
Tim Bresnan: because he represents all that is glorious about county cricket and Yorkshire County Cricket Club in particular