ENGLAND have at last shown some common sense by calling up Mal Loye for the rest of the one-day series with New Zealand and Australia, England’s next opponents at Brisbane on Friday.
The injuries to Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan have left the England batting short of firepower. The Lancashire batsman, at 34, is possibly past his best and he can be a ‘streak’ player – back to back hundreds perhaps followed by successive failures — but he was comfortably the country’s leading run-scorer in the Cheltenham @ Gloucester Trophy last summer. A batsman of verve and power, his speciality has been sweeping fast bowlers to midwicket for four or six.
CHARLIE SAYS: About bloody time too. Loye should have been brought into the one-day squad at least four years ago. For Duncan Fletcher to say he was happy with the top three of Strauss, Bell and Vaughan more or less condemned England to being also-rans in the World Cup, starting in March. Comments in the ‘Giles bombshell’ item below shows some of our readers are on the ball.