News in today’s Times of the long overdue autobiography from Stuart Broad (though some might think that, at this stage of his career, something less ambitious like – say- a calendar might be in order).
Casting our minds back to early Summer we will remember the miracle of Cardiff, where England saved the match by batting out the last day in the face of considerable odds.
At the time I offered various explanations – the Power of Prayer, for one, also alcohol – but, apparently, according to young Broad, I was wide of the mark. The truth is –
“It was Broad’s impersonation of an owl … When Paul Collingwood walked back to the England dressing room at the end of an innings that had lasted almost six hours … he was greeted by silence.
For the previous two hours Broad and his team mates had been nervously repeating the same actions over and over, fearful that a change would lead to a wicket. “Alastair Cook was in the showers, and wasn’t allowed to come out … I was rocking on my chair. As every ball was bowled, I rocked back and then as it was survived I rocked forwards and blew into my hands like an owl. It was bizarre, but I couldn’t change it.”
So now we know.
The title of the autobiography, incidentally, is Bowled Over. The last time this was used by a cricketer was by Neil Hawke in 1983, but I still think they might have come up with something more striking. Home Thoughts From a Broad has, perhaps, been too recently used by Frances Edmonds, or possibly he’s saving that for his tour diary. My Struggle would be too obvious. Dude Looks Like a Lady? Thinking caps on for volume 2, I think.
(Bird impersonator – Percy Edwards – (possible quiz question – Who appeared in both On the Buses and The Alien?)
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