TagMarais Erasmus

Striking Back for the Umpires

I was listening to TalkSport in the car yesterday. The ex-football referee, Graham Poll, was criticising a more recently retired ref, Mark Halsey, for betraying the ‘refereeing fraternity’ – which is presumably some kind of sacred brotherhood for middle-aged men who prance around like schoolteachers on a Saturday afternoon. The meat of the controversy passed me by to be honest – I find club football nauseating these days – but one thing was clear: the majority of people believe the standard of...

Teen drama rescues Aussies as Erasmus plays pantomime villain – day two at Trent Bridge

England 215 & 80-2 Australia 280. I hate teen dramas. From Dawson’s Creek to bloody Twilight they make me shudder like Sideshow Bob stepping on a rake. Every time I hear a baby faced actor or actress stressing about their relationship, or moaning about their parents, I want to slap their hormonal face. Therefore, you can imagine my incandescence when Ashton Agar, a teenager who was picked for his bowling principally because England had no footage of him, scored an incredible 98 yesterday...


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