Posted by: tootingtrumpet | July 15, 2009

Competitiveness and a Competition

pimg4a486f44cba90_frontIf Andrew Strauss’s team don’t bounce back and show something different on Thursday, then I believe the series is set up for Australia, who will go on to claim a 4-0 win.

No surprises to read that from Glenn McGrath writing in London’s Evening Standard. A bit more of the rain London had this morning, and we can expect next week’s piece to predict 3-0, and so on…

Not many Englishmen knew that the 5-0 in 2006-7 was a rare result (many would have guessed that scoreline for any series over the last 20 years except 2005) and I suspect that lack of historical knowledge plays a part in many fans’ refusal to recognise the extent of that achievement and give credit to the Captain for his role in leading it.

But is Glenn forgetting his history too? The Trumpet responds to Pidge like this.

I see that you have lost none of your belief that the game is played as much in the mind as on the field – and I believe that you’re right.

0-4 in England is a big prediction –  one that will make Straussy think again. It’s a better result than any accomplished by a squad in which you or SK Warne featured, but, hey, it’s only the same result as that achieved by the 1948 Invincibles.

Was that squad as good as Ricky’s? Let’s see. Arthur Morris, Sid Barnes and some bloke called Bradman led the batting, backed up by bowling from Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller and Bill Johnston. So that’s Punter in the Don’s slot, Pup in Morris’ role, MJ as Miller re-incarnated and Siddle in Lindwall’s boots. Yep, I see where you’re coming from – the Baggy Green has such mystical powers, it can transmit genius across the ages.

Then again, it might be a drawn series.

While The Trumpet hopes, nay expects, England to be competitive at Lord’s, we’re launching the first of our Ashes competitions in association with Philosophy Football. Here’s the sknny.


The self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’ at Philosophy Football have launched their philosophy cricket range with opening bat CB Fry’s musings on cricket as a cult and philosophy. CB Fry captained both Sussex and England. A gifted footballer too, he played professionally for Southampton and Portsmouth, making his England debut in 1901. For a time he was also holder of the world record for the long jump. A superbly gifted cricket writer and academic off the pitch CB politically managed to combine standing unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Liberal Party candidate with the bizarre idea that if Germany could be persuaded to play England at test cricket WW2 might be avoided. The T-shirt is available from 99.94 has one to be won in our Lord’s Test competition, to enter simply answer the following simple question :

Predict the total number of runs scored by both the captains in the Lord’s Test.

Email your answer with name, address and preferred T-shirt size to Entries close at 11.00am British Summer Time 16 July 09, no purchase necessary to enter, so get your predictions in quick!!

Good Luck!


  1. Cannot wait for the Ian Chappell summer collection.

    Actually the Flintoff quote from today would look great on a T.

    “My body has told me it’s time to stop.”

  2. My favourite cricketing quote is John emburey replying to a query about the state of his bad back.
    ‘The f***** f****r’s f****** f****d’

  3. Glenn would love to receive that Toots , inasmuch as he loves it when the Poms bite. See also S.K. Warne. Part of why they were so Great – they’ll be claiming they’re both still fit to play themselves and roll the Poms when they are 90.

    l see KP had another cortisone injection – is he going to make it through the series? What goes on a KP t-shirt?

  4. Japal – KP is obviously restricted, but that matters much less in a batsman than a bowler. With the weather as it is, he’ll get plenty of reat this week!

    I’ve always enjoyed McGrath’s banter, but it’s a fool’s errand rising to the bait. I wrote this for another reason, but it wasn’t used so I though it might amuse here. I ignored the 1989 0-4 tour as the parallels are much closer!

    • Still the favourite of all series for me, though that last SA win had a great romanticism too it. A hunger that has been missing for so long, which l guess was because we were so full!

      Ashes 89 was the first time l was old enough to huddle up in bed listening to the droning old fools down the wireless. It was glorious, and of course a hugely symbolic win for Aus cricket for what came after. l distinctly remember back then that Aus batsmen relished going to Eng, they thought it provided easier batting conditions, once minor adjustments were made. Obviously 05 skewed this experience but l fancy our lads are settling in alright this time around.

  5. I think what is often misjudged is just how good the England 2005 outfit were. They could have been world beaters but squandered their chance by not building on that great success. Their hubris was deservedly punished.

    Australia dug deep and built on their wins in 89 and again in the Windies in 95 but it all began in 87 after Gatting reverse sweeped in Kolkata.

    This new team show every likelihood that they’ll do the same after the remarkable series win in South Africa. Despite falling short the other day they dominated a game they had no right to after losing the toss on that pitch away from home.

    In eight years when Clarke retires I reckon we’ll look back on SAF 09 in a similar light.

    • You see the photos of Border in 87. The strangest mixture of relief, bewilderment and jubilation. Carried the side on his shoulders for years and rebuilt it all……A Giant of Australian cricket not always recognised as such in the Old Dart who are Steve Waugh groupies (as am l). The subcontinent knew and loved him, almost as much as us.

      • Anyone in my generation thinks AB just about the toughest batsmen ever. He recognised that he started with little and built an Empire. There’s plenty feel that SR Waugh was tough too (and he was – I saw every ball of his 200* in the Caribbean) but we know that he had a handy squad when he first led them out!

      • Is it not true to say that the whole world are SR Waugh groupies, not just the Old Dart? Poor ol’ Punter will go down in history as sledger in chief when in reality he only came along at a time when the rest of the world finally felt up to saying enough is enough.

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