Madness & mascots
Bumble blogs on Stuart Broad seeing red, Saturday's annual mascot race and Saaed Ajmal's TV gold.
Last Updated: 11/08/10 6:14pm
It was another comfortable win for England at Edgbaston and I expect them to win the next Test fairly comfortably too.
But at least Zulqanairn Haider showed his team-mates how Pakistan should play against England. He got stuck in on Sunday and was very confrontational. Trying to disturb England is the way forward for them.
But I can't condone what Stuart Broad did. He got his knuckles wrapped for chucking the ball at Haider and, frankly, it's been a long time coming.
Nobody in the England team has been able to come out and defend him. They've said he's got to live and learn and Andy Flower spoke about the need for confidence and aggression. Well, that's got nothing to do with what Broad did.
For me, that was a perfect example of why cricket should adopt a yellow and red card system, as in football.
He might have received a yellow for not appealing and running straight to the keeper and then a second one for throwing the ball. That would be a red card.
If the umpire could show a card to Broad, then everybody in the ground would immediately know that his actions were unacceptable. The umpire could take control of the situation straight away.
Forget a retrospective ban or fine and all the conjecture that comes with a hearing after the event. If the umpire thinks a player's actions are unacceptable, he should be able to send him off the field.
Naan the wiser
We enjoyed the second innings of the modern-pentath-naan in Birmingham. An honourable mention must go to the Blue Mango, just off Broad Street, which was the best restaurant we visited.
There was a real poor effort from a couple of the production staff, who didn't bat in the second innings, but Executive Producer Paul King came to the fore as usual.
And statistician Benedict introduced a new sauce into the box, which livened things up. It was called 'Ultra Death' and came in a bottle shaped like a coffin.
I've never tasted anything so hot in my life. Nasser had a try at lunchtime during the Test match and didn't stop sweating until tea!
Some of you may have seen me crowned the Ultimate Commentator on Cricket AM last week. If not, you can see it again, here.
I was only up against Hussain and Knight so it was hardly a challenge, but I was pleased with two of the disciplines.
I hit treble 18 in the darts (although I must admit I was aiming for treble 20) and the golf challenge was all about bump-and-run. There was no need to chip it!
But after my penalties I've decided to retire from football. I've had a word with the FA and Capello understands the situation.
Sorry Fabio, I won't be putting myself forward again. I'll be past my best by the time the next World Cup comes around.
I'm looking forward to a fabulous t20 Finals day on Saturday. I'm going down on the Cross Country, so I'll be letting the train take the strain.
Before the final, you can expect the usual chaos that comes with the annual mascot race. They've been holding time trials and the mascots will start in five staggered rows - plus they've got some brand new inflatables.
The pre-tournament favourite is usually Lanky the Giraffe, but I think he's yet to win it so he'll definitely be looking to put that right this year.
This race has caused all sorts of controversy in the past. Who could forget when the Kent Spitfire kicked off his undercarriage and ran in bare feet? He was disqualified - and rightly so.
I'll also never forget seeing Hugh Bear coming out of the ladies' toilet. You just don't know who's in these suits any more. After all, we can't interview them (perhaps one or two might have learned to speak by now, but I'm still yet to meet a talking giraffe...)
Personally, I think they should be accompanied by security guards at all times. Random gender and drug testing would be a good idea too. And I'd also like to see the quarantine papers for all these entrants.
There's all sorts of Toms, Dicks and Harrys getting involved. It's about time they smartened it all up!
And finally, don't miss the start of the broadcast on Saturday when yours truly and the rest of the commentary team will be arriving in the A-Team van.
I love it when a plan comes together!
Nasser Hussain's interview with Saaed Ajmal was one of the best I've ever seen. It was such an innocent interview as he showed Nasser his bruises and called James Anderson a "bad man".
A lot of people have been asking to see it again, so here it is: