Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Honky tonk batsmen

Not for the first time, Fantasy Bob is confused.  He has noticed a number of newspaper reports recently about the recently published autobiography of, well, who exactly..............Sir Vivian Richards, or is it Barry Richards?  As far as FB can gather, the book reveals much about Richards in his role as legendary lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones but is painfully short of detail about his career as one, or two, of the greatest attacking batsmen of all time.

The perfect forward defensive - on his way to 66*
Certainly Richards' early life in Dartford Kent gave little clue to what would come later.  Who could have guessed that his life as a choir boy with a pet mouse called Gladys would provide the platform from which he would go on to score 8540 Test runs at 50.23?   Or was it only 4 Test appearances, before S Africa were excluded from the Test circuit,  in which he averaged 72.57?  Either way, the ability to combine this scoring with laying down some of the greatest riffs in rock and roll history is remarkable.  Fantasy Bob suspects that at least one of these many Richards may have sought refuge in artificial stimulants.

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