|A smiley Broady getting Dhoni|
As the modest man he is FB would disclaim any credit for Broad's rehabilitation, but he notes that his stinging criticism in earlier posts had their desired effect. Clearly Broad was concerned that a place in the All Stars that had been his for the asking might be grasped from him. FB's warning did the trick and Broad showed all round excellence of a sort not seen since the high points of FB's own career.
25 wickets at 13.84 and a SR of 36.6 (compare his lamentable 8 wickets at 48.75 against Sri Lanka); 182 runs at 60.66 (57 at 19). Even among all the fine performances from every England player including double centurions, this was a major contribution. He even stopped the sulking and pouting - almost. Well done, son.
That aside, there doesn't seem very much more to be said about the England v Dravid series. The buckets of pre-prepared whitewash were duly sprayed around as England confirmed their superiority in every department. Over the series they scored 2809 for 47 wickets against their opponents' 2044 for 80 wickets. Dravid scored 461 of those at 76.83. He faced 965 balls and ends the series as the batsman who has faced most balls in Test cricket. He seems good enough to play for Scotland.
|Strauss with £30,000 of mace|
and a connection to FB and Mrs FB
Asprey and Garrard are now Garrard and Co following some corporate rejigging in 2006. The company has an interesting history and connects FB, Mrs FB and Kate Middleton - as well as Andrew Strauss - in one seamless link. Hard to imagine?
|Stephen Webster sparklies|