Sunday, 8 February 2009


England's 51 all out against the West Indies in Jamaica was a spineless surrender and a national sporting disgrace.
The huge sums of money promised to Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff (£1.1m each) to play for three weeks in the Indian Premier League sit awkwardly with this debacle. How can sportsmen who are valued so highly deliver so miserably?
If sport is in a megastar era, paying megabucks, it deserves performances to match. Supporters will not go on settling for insults like the one at Sabina Park. A year or so ago, Anton Ferdinand's car was vandalised after a series of dismal displays by his West Ham team. Loyalty is not so blind as not to notice when the mickey is being taken.
Still, Geoffrey Boycott's verdict on England's innings should be worth waiting for. It'll probably last longer than that innings too.


Ian Baker said...

A bit harsh Charlie.

No-one was complaining when Steve Harmison's 7-12 inspired England to bowl out the Windies for 47 all out in Jamaica five years ago and you have to praise a similarly outstanding spell from Jerome Taylor (5-11) this time around.

I believe England will turn it around (I certainly hope so as I'm going out for the Barbados and Trinidad tests!)

Charlie Lambert said...

Hope they give you something to celebrate Ian. Geoffrey Boycott didn't disappoint in his column in the Telegraph today. "Capitulation," "spineless" and "locked in a time warp" all appeared before he completed the first two paragraphs!