Cricket: WILL  IT  BE  A  LUCKY  7  FOR  ENGLAND vs AUSTRALIA? – By Hubert Williams

WILL  IT  BE  A  LUCKY  7  FOR  ENGLAND ?

By  Hubert  Williams

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 15, 2019 — Today, the beginning of the delayed second cricket Test match between England and Australia at historic Lords in London, marks the advent of a string of seven names in England’s side with peculiarly identical first initials and makes one wonder whether it is going to be “Lucky 7” for the home team.

This occurrence of first names with the same initial letter is likely unprecedented in any form of cricket across the world; thus, even if Australia repeats the whipping it handed England in the First Test, the home side would have made its mark on the game’s history by the players it has chosen, including  the  following:     

       Joe (Root), Joe (Denly), Jos (Butler), Jack (Leach), Jason (Roy), Jonny (Bairstow), Jofra (Archer)… sounds like a 7-man combo in popular music… and seems like tossing a coin into the air and hoping that it comes down on the right side.

Yesterday’s lost opening day to bad weather has minimized to some extent the home team’s chances of winning this Test and squaring the series at 1-all, following Australia’s thumping victory in the First, overwhelmingly through the obdurate Steve Smith’s 144 in the First Innings and 142 in the Second.

All eyes this time will be on Jofra Archer, the phenomenal Barbadian-Britisher who showed his worth to the England side during the recently concluded Cricket World Cup at which they triumphed…

Archer’s physical strength and bowling pace are unquestioned, but above all he is a thinker, and I look forward to the duel between him and Smith, evidently a great thinker too.

The sole Black on the England side comes into his first Test match not merely from his showing for England in the Cricket World Cup, but also the more recent exploits in a local match where he struck a century and also took 6 wickets for 27 runs.

Best wishes to Archer and the 6 other Js, for England will need much more than coincidence and good luck to beat Australia in this Series and take the Ashes.

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  • guyaneseonline  On August 16, 2019 at 11:52 am

    From: Hubert Williams to Guyanese Online

    IN ITS TODAY’S REPORT THE BBC SAYS PROUDLY THAT….

    “ England’s team contains a record seven players whose first name begins
    with a ‘J’ – Archer, Bairstow, Buttler, Denly, Leach, Root and Roy.”

    IT’S AMAZING THAT IT’S ONLY TODAY (FRIDAY, AUGUST THE 16TH) THEY FOUND THAT OUT

    WELL ! WELL !! WELL !!! …… THEFT IN HIGH PLACES….. THE BBC HAS UTILISED MY PERCEPTION ABOUT THE SEVEN Js WITHOUT ACCREDITATION. WHAT WILL THEY STEAL NEXT ????

    JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT WE, FORMER COLONIALS, STILL HAVE THINGS TO TEACH THE “MOTHER COUNTRY”

    A REMINDER THAT THE BBC (“NEWSHOUR EXTRA”) WAS AMONG RECIPIENTS EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING OF MY REPORT ON THE MATTER….. AND IF IN THEIR DEFENCE, THEY WERE TO CLAIM THAT WHAT THEY PUBLISHED TODAY WAS DONE ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE. THEN THE FACT WOULD BE I BEAT THEM TO THE PUNCH….. HURRAH FOR GUYANA AND THE WEST INDIES !!!!

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