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Reluctantly right

April 29, 2017

Before a ball was kicked David Moyes said Sunderland were in a relegation battle. He’s been proved more than right, with Sunderland being relegated today. Obviously he’ll take no joy from correctly predicting this. With this in mind, when have you been reluctantly right?

When I was 12 I tried to retire from the school cricket team, mainly by not telling them that I was a decent player. It didn’t work as they found out that I’d played for Manchester boys and wouldn’t let me retire. Retiring when you are 25 and have played for England is something else; yet this is what Zafar Ansari has done.

In the build up to the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko fight there’s been no trash talk, no threats to put each other in a coma, no flying tables, no batman suits. Surely they’ve brought the boxing world into disrepute with their niceness. Fines should follow.

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A Strauss related problem

May 14, 2015

Hola. Hope all is well.

I think Andrew Strauss and the ECB should be embarrassed that the best excuse they could come up with to effectively end Kevin Pietersen‘s England career, was “trust issues”.

Trust issues are why marriages breakdown, not how you retire a player. If Kevin Pietersen were an athlete and he’d been caught taking performance enhancing drugs, after he’d served his ban he’d be able to resume his career. It would therefore appear Pietersen’s getting treated harsher than a drugs cheat.

What does it say about Andrew Strauss, brought into a managerial position and the first situation he has to manage (Kevin Pietersen), his solution was to manage it by not managing it. Alex Stewart for one, seems to be able to manage Pietersen, so why not Strauss?

What does it say about the standing of the incoming ECB chairman, Colin Graves who from what we are to be believed told Pietersen to find a county team and make runs. He subsequently signed for Surrey and just this week scored 355 Not Out. Does Andrew Strauss’ decision undermine Colin Graves? It also begs the question that if 335 runs were not enough for the selectors, how many runs would Pietersen have had to score before he couldn’t have been ignored, 400? 500? 750? 1000?

I think the oddest thing to come out from this situation is that after talking about a lack of trust, Strauss then went on to offer Pietersen a consultancy role for the One Day team. Bonkers! To go back to the relationship analogy at the top of the blog, it’s like splitting up with someone and then saying, ‘we can still be friends’.

And finally, away from Kevin Pietersen and towards Peter Moores, who lost the England head coach role for the second time, which is impressive in a non impressive way. This made me wonder, has anyone in the real world lost the same job twice? If that’s you, feel free to contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Thatcher or Pietersen

January 12, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

It’s safe to say Kevin Pietersen divides opinion. Just this week Michael Vaughan described him as a ‘genius’, whilst Phil Tufnell said he was a ‘good player’ but not a great one.

Then there were reports that Andy Flower wouldn’t continue as England’s head coach if Kevin Pietersen remains in the squad. This was denied by all parties. Yet if there was any truth in it, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s fallen out with an England coach. Remember Peter Moores?

On the back of the above story, Pietersen tweeted that he was committed to England and wants to be involved in the next Ashes series in 2015. Yet there are still those people who believe he has more than one eye on the IPL.

Despite not being at his best during this Ashes series, he was still England’s leading scorer, yet there are cricket people who feel the best way for England to move on is to ditch Pietersen.

Then there is the question of how popular he is with his team-mates, he did after all have to be reintegrated into the squad after sending those ‘provocative’ texts about Andrew Strauss to some South African players. Yet he does have his supporters most notably Darren Gough and Shane Warne both former team-mates.

All this makes me think that with Mrs Thatcher no longer with us, Kevin Pietersen has become the most divisive person in the country. Which begs the question Mrs Thatcher or Kevin Pietersen? You can cast your vote via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

Ps. The more observant amongst you will have noticed that this football blog post has nothing to do with football what with it being about cricket. Normally service will resume shortly.

Til next time, stay safe!

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