'One chance left, runs needed, but I am filled with only rage and regret'

'One chance left, runs needed, but I am filled with only rage and regret'

Post by CiL » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 02:32:53


By Ed Smith
In the final extract from his book, the author describes how his
England hopes were shattered by one ball and one umpiring decision
during an intense afternoon at the Oval

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....The old truism is that cricket is a team game played by
individuals. That guarantees mixed emotions and complicated scenarios.
Coming off the back of three consecutive failures, I may need to play
well here in order to secure a place on the winter tours. But my form
may not be the only determining factor. It may come down to either me
or Graham Thorpe, who is batting immediately ahead of me.

The standard practice is to lie about such things. That it never came
into your head. That it is a straightforward business, simply wanting
the best for yourself and your team-mates. It might be a good idea to
try to think like that, but it is hard not to think about the future
and how it is being influenced by other people.

So, as I watched Graham move towards his hundred, I had several
different emotions. First, it was obviously good for England, and we
needed it. Second, it was a great story in itself he has been
through huge trauma, and now cricket was providing a glorious moment
of celebration. Third, I knew the equation for me was getting simpler
with every minute and every run.

Lots more from Ed Smith at
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,3341,00.html

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'One chance left, runs needed, but I am filled with only rage and regret'

Post by CiL » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 04:33:21

Quote:

>Lots more from Ed Smith at
>http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,3341,00.html

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..TWO years ago exactly, after my net practice at the Bombay Academy,
a man in his midfifties with an intense stare and a passionate, almost
maniacal love of cricket offered his opinions about my game. You can
play, he began, and believe me, I can pick them. You will play for
England in the next 18 months, two years at the most. But youve got
to start using long-handled bats. Youre six foot two, and youre
stooping over a short handle. Use a long handle.

You get lots of advice as a professional cricketer, and much of it
should be ignored. But there was something about this man who ran the
Bombay Academy his conviction, warmth and transparent love of the
game which demanded attention.

I said I would think about it. Dont think about it. Do it. I know
these things. I can pick them. Youll play for England soon. But get
those longhandled bats. It was Vasoo Paranjape. I tried long handles,
preferred them, and had two good years. I am running out of time,
though, for him to be right about me being picked for England inside
two years.

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...VP: How many first-class double-hundreds have you scored?

ES: None.

VP: None! None! That is ridiculous. None! I have watched carefully for
days now. I cant see whats stopping you. It is ridiculous. Do you
want to do well or not?

More in that link above ==='Got it at last, a century to savour at the
Oval'
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CiL
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As a young boy, Gavaskar was told by his coach and early mentor, Vasu
Paranjype, that ''when Hanif played his forward defensive in the
Brabourne Stadium you could hear the sound (of the ball hitting the
middle of the bat) as far away as Churchgate Station.''
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'One chance left, runs needed, but I am filled with only rage and regret'

Post by CiL » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 05:01:09

I read the 3 ex tracts online.... reallly relished the writeups...
very well written. very interesting to read his thoughts .  looks like
its going to be a maha intersting book.

What r thoughts of the Eng followers on Ed Smith..  Do you guys think
he can make a comeback soon enough or his not so special show in India
recntly wher Peieterson has stormed past him means Ed smith might have
to do lots of waiting ....

 
 
 

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Post by David Lewi » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 18:09:41


Quote:

> I read the 3 ex tracts online.... reallly relished the writeups...
> very well written. very interesting to read his thoughts .  looks like
> its going to be a maha intersting book.

> What r thoughts of the Eng followers on Ed Smith..  Do you guys think
> he can make a comeback soon enough or his not so special show in India
> recntly wher Peieterson has stormed past him means Ed smith might have
> to do lots of waiting ....

8 months ago I thought he was unlucky not to make the touring squad ahead of
Rikki Clarke as a result of that LBW decision.  Unfortunately for Smith, his
performances in India did nothing to prove the selectors wrong, and he now
has a lot to prove.  It could happen, but I suspect it won't.  I certainly
don't think he's a test number 3.

Cheers

David

 
 
 

'One chance left, runs needed, but I am filled with only rage and regret'

Post by Mike Holman » Mon, 26 Apr 2004 21:04:21


Quote:
>What r thoughts of the Eng followers on Ed Smith..  Do you guys think
>he can make a comeback soon enough or his not so special show in India
>recntly wher Peieterson has stormed past him means Ed smith might have
>to do lots of waiting ....

I would be fairly surprised if Ed Smith played for England again unles
there were a huge injury list.

Cheers,

Mike

 
 
 

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Post by CiL » Tue, 27 Apr 2004 00:24:30



Quote:

>8 months ago I thought he was unlucky not to make the touring squad ahead of
>Rikki Clarke as a result of that LBW decision.  Unfortunately for Smith, his
>performances in India did nothing to prove the selectors wrong, and he now
>has a lot to prove.  It could happen, but I suspect it won't.  I certainly
>don't think he's a test number 3.

It will be interesting to see how this guy goes from here, in a few
yrs time,. there will b spots up for grabs in the middle order,
Thorpe, Butcher, Hussain ....
 
 
 

'One chance left, runs needed, but I am filled with only rage and regret'

Post by Matt Wheele » Tue, 27 Apr 2004 05:42:19


Quote:

> >What r thoughts of the Eng followers on Ed Smith..  Do you guys
think
> >he can make a comeback soon enough or his not so special show in
India
> >recntly wher Peieterson has stormed past him means Ed smith might
have
> >to do lots of waiting ....

> I would be fairly surprised if Ed Smith played for England again
unles
> there were a huge injury list.

Yeah, same here....
Based on the season so far, if any Kent players were to be picked it'd
be Key, Carberry or Walker, all having had centuries in one or both of
the first two CC matches this season.
 
 
 

'One chance left, runs needed, but I am filled with only rage and regret'

Post by David Lewi » Tue, 27 Apr 2004 19:39:37


Quote:


> >8 months ago I thought he was unlucky not to make the touring squad ahead
of
> >Rikki Clarke as a result of that LBW decision.  Unfortunately for Smith,
his
> >performances in India did nothing to prove the selectors wrong, and he
now
> >has a lot to prove.  It could happen, but I suspect it won't.  I
certainly
> >don't think he's a test number 3.

> It will be interesting to see how this guy goes from here, in a few
> yrs time,. there will b spots up for grabs in the middle order,
> Thorpe, Butcher, Hussain ....

I wonder if Hussain will play all this summer.  I was in favour of him
touring WI, and I think he justified his selection in the first 2 tests, but
his overall average wasn't great and, of course, he had a dreadful time of
it in SL.  He'll probably start against NZ, but I don't see him staying in
the side if he starts the summer badly.  Thorpe's an interesting one.  He
seems to be enjoying it now, and, if England do OK, I can see him playing
until his late 30's.  If not, he'll probably get fed up and retire again.
Butcher's only 31 isn't he?  He should be around for a while yet.

Cheers

David