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Would you give this keeper a home?

This is Bradley.

Bradley once had a loving home, just like you and me. He moved in with a family whose old keeper had moved on and the family nurtured him through the early years; through the criticism; through the pain.

And he rewarded them. At first.

Then Bradley turned bad. He forgot how to bat; he forgot how to bowl. And yet, the family stuck by him. His big brother Michael continued to vouch for his ability. They hoped that if they turned a blind eye to his faults, and pretended none of the little keepers existed, he would miraculously get better.

Alas, it was not to be. In his last test, Bradley was outplayed by his own glove. The family must now reconsider their options.

Would you give this keeper a home?

Me neither.

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18 comments on “Would you give this keeper a home?

  1. Rishabh
    January 6, 2012

    Sadly, Bradley’s continued selection can only be madly…

    er, yeah.

    • kirbyakasid
      January 7, 2012

      Haddin inspires bursts of cricket poetry … oh dear.

  2. Psych Babbler
    January 6, 2012

    He doesn’t deserve his current home. Will someone please tell the selectors that so they can kick him out? His time is done. Can’t bat. Can’t keep. Can’t stay.

    • kirbyakasid
      January 7, 2012

      I agree. He surely has to go this time. At least give someone else a chance.

  3. Laura
    January 7, 2012

    Poor Bradley.
    I hope Wade gets chosen. /bias victorian.

    • kirbyakasid
      January 7, 2012

      Poor Bradley. I hope Wade gets chosen. Biased anti-Haddiner.

  4. Betti W. Woo
    January 7, 2012

    That photograph is Bad Hiddin in a nutshell: staring off into the distance, towards the boundary, where additional runs have gone byes.

    • kirbyakasid
      January 7, 2012

      I think this was taken after the Gambhir drop. Seemed appropriate somehow.

  5. The Cricket Musings
    January 7, 2012

    What happened to Tim Paine?
    Seemed like the real deal.

    • Betti W. Woo
      January 7, 2012

      Broken his finger too many times. Last time, it snapped right off. Was set to return to cricket this summer, but it all went pear-shaped and he had to have an additional operation instead. At this stage, it’s not even clear whether he will ever be able to play cricket again.

    • kirbyakasid
      January 7, 2012

      What Betti said but, as I’m sure Betti would agree, he isn’t the only option available to us.

  6. tracer007
    January 7, 2012

    As an Indian fan, I request the Aussie management to retain Bradley for the remainder of the series….one of the few Aussie players who has been generous to us so far….also, for their own sake…we have a habit of playing opposition players back into form!

    • kirbyakasid
      January 7, 2012

      Yes, you need to remedy that playing people back into form business. Remind me to send you a thank you bomb for Ponting.

  7. lou
    January 9, 2012

    I’m no Badhands fan, but I’ve seen Wade keep a few times on live streams and he really isn’t up to much behind the stumps. Paine has been the only one who looked like a a real keeper. So I can understand if the selectors are going with the devil they know for now… even though I loathe watching Badhands come out to bat, he chews gum and struts around like he thinks he’s Punter.

    • kirbyakasid
      January 10, 2012

      Paine is definitely the number one choice, but it’s not going to happen for a while if at all.

      You know, you’re the first person I’ve come across who doesn’t rate Wade.

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