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Tue Jul 26 08:36:15 CAT 2016

What the Dickens: iLIVE

A R Modak, Johannesburg | 09 February, 2012 00:15

While much of England (and fellow Commonwealthers) will celebrate the bi-centenary of the birth of its famed son, Charles Dickens, and the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, somewhere in the Arabian desert, a beleaguered English cricket team will be mulling over what could have been.

Having journeyed to the Emirates amid "great expectations", little did they realise that a "scrooge" of a bowler, with a slight "twist" in his bowling action, called the "Teesra" (the third one) would be causing havoc in a star-studded English camp, fresh from gaining world test championship status.

If the great English author were alive today, he would have commented in his "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

Our very own cricket commentator, Charles Fortune, would have put it slightly differently: "My goodness, not one, not two, but the entire English team have just been castled."

A modern "tale of two cities" - a celebratory mood in London, a sombre one in Dubai.

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