Friday, 10 July 2009

Knowledge is power

Has there ever been a weirder opening partnership, technically, than Simon Katich and Phil Hughes? 

Katich though has sussed batting in England. He played everything late. That part of his game was classical. He'll never be an oil-painting but he'll score a lot of runs this series, and there's something pleasing about watching a grizzled pro who's cracked it. Steve Waugh was never greater than he was at the end, when he'd boiled his scoring shots down to the back cut, cover drive and slog sweep. 

Proper batting, as Geoffrey calls it.

3 comments:

Brit said...

No, OB, there is nothing remotely 'pleasing' about what Katich is doing at the moment.

The Old Batsman said...

Masochistic pleasure, naturally...

Ghanshyam Nair said...

I actually find Katich and Collingwood very pleasant to watch - both of them clip the ball so crisply off their legs.