]> >>P.S:On a serious note, you must admit - his inability to cope with the
]> >> short ball is rather worrying - a weakness which iam sure Merv
]> >> et al will test time and time again.
]> > Actually I think it's a weakness on Merv et al's part. I just
]> >have this feeling that Merv will be collecting the ball from the river
]> >time and time again :) Hick is a pretty passive, genial guy who
]> >never resorts to mouthing insults at his opponents, or glaring down
]> >the pitch at them. However I couldn't help but notice him getting a little
]> >jippy with Merv and his antics last time. The confrontation should be
]> Except that I think that Merv has a snowflake chance in hell of making the
]> Test side. McDermott, McGrath, and Fleming are all in good form. I suppose
]> the only way any would be dropped from the squad is injury. Even then, there
]> is Reiffel waiting in the wings.
]> Also, considering Merv's 'advance' age, I don't think he would play in the A
]> side either.
]> Maybe in a Victoria v England game?
]> Ng, Kai Koon
Admittedly Hick does have a problem with short-pitched
deliveries, but I don't think that's the reason of his failure in
test-cricket. IMO, the main reason is some mental-block in making the
transition to the test level, which apparently he's been able to
remove recently. His case is very similar to that of Mansoor
Akhtar...the guy was immensely talented (still usually remains in the
top-ten batsmen in the domestic cricket), was tipped by Rohan Kanhai
as a bright prospect for Pakistan, but he failed to deliver the goods
at the international level. There was a time in his career, around
1982-83, when people started believing that he's finally going to
perform at the highest level as he was doing in the first class
matches. The man scored thrashed the county attacks in the 1982 tour
of England, but scored only half as decently in the tests. Then
against the visiting Australians (the series Pakistan won 3-0), he
scored a century, but then inexplicably had a long-lasting bad form,
which eventually resulted in his ouster. Hick is coming good after a
string of failures in his early career. The coming series, I believe,
should be make or break for him. If he performs well he'd be able to
cement his place in the team for the years to come, else for one I'd
take his career to be either all-over or at best, almost over.
? ?Syed M. Ali?