Such has been the frequency of matches at the World T20, there has not been much time to sit around dossing on the internet. This has been augmented by the fact that the tournament has been generally pretty good – Afghanistan being amazing fun, Australia being knocked out and England making everything insane. However with just a dead rubber to come in the group stages, there is now time to do the things that have been postponed for a fortnight, like writing articles, doing the washing up and actually venturing outside.
One of the things we’ve learnt about youtube is to avoid asking ‘why?’ and just go along with whatever ride you fancy. For example, a seven minute video full of clips of New Zealand spinners bowling over a looped Interpol sample surely has no point, per se, but is strangely hypnotic. We’re sure most of the bowlers’ names are made up, like computer simulated regens, but it seems appropriate viewing, considering Mitchell Santner and Co have arguably been the success story of the tournament.
Talking of Kiwi spinners, none shall trump Dan V. And one of our favourite videos is this news interview with Vettori, just after he arrived in the Test squad for the first time, straight from the set of Saved by the Bell. Cricket’s gain was health science’s loss.
Sometimes, one is faced with options that are impossible to choose from. Daddy or chips? OK Computer or The Bends?
The latest in the Home of Cricket’s ‘Who’s The Greatest?’ series is one such option. In the green and gold corner: Devereux; representing the three lions: Joe Root. The video doesn’t really offer much, just a few clips, a bunch of stats and a rock guitar soundtrack that sounds the least Lord’s thing ever. It certainly doesn’t help determine who’s greater, but the answer is clearly chips.
Finally, back to New Zealand. Youtube is awash with Martin Crowe-related videos at the moment, including many tributes and eulogies to the great man who was taken from us recently. Youtube being youtube though, there are also plenty of videos of Crowe the master batsman, including his dominance at the 1992 World Cup. However we have chosen highlights of his maiden Test century, provided by the peerless Robelinda2. Witness and revel in the stroke-making of this young, proud man, against England’s bowling attack of Botham, Willis and, erm, Gatting. We, like all other cricket fans, will remember him this way.