I was lured to Lord’s by Ladbrokes to talk about the ashes (memo to all betting agencies instead of pretending you are helping me, offer me bacon rolls).
There was a panel discussion there with everyone’s favourite stand up comedian Charles Colville, the best bloke ever Alec Stewart, NSWale’s own Graham Thorpe and Thommo. He of the miss pronounced McGrath.
Thorpe and Colville could have been replaced with mannequins, but Thommo was in great form.
He bagged Punter with furious gusto, even if he got several facts about his captaincy career wrong (sorry Thommo but he captained Tasmania before he captained Australia, and his first series as captain wasn’t the 2005 ashes).
My favourite bit was when he said of Ponting “I thought Ricky was crap when he was first captain in 2004 and nothing much has improved since then. I’m not the only one who thinks that …everyone at home thinks he’s shit at the captaincy.”
From there Thommo moved on to Hauritz, poor Nathan. He said that Katich, Clarke, and North are all better bowlers than him.
He also swore and told old stories I have heard a bunch of times.
I mentioned the bacon rolls, good.
It was also interesting to see the odds that Ladbrokes had up, I am thinking of having a dabble on Peter Siddle for most wickets at 8-1.
Surely a better bet than the 20-1 being offered for Shane Watson to top the batting tables, that is criminally under the odds.