Phakathi kokuphazanyiswa kukhenketho lwe-Ashes kuza enye ibhombu yenyikima - umntu ohamba phambili kwisingesi sesiNgesi kwisizukulwane esinike itikiti lakhe.
Ewe iyinyani- uGraeme Swann uxele umhlala-phantsi wakhe kwangoko. Yintoni ilahleko enkulu. USwann wayengumdlali obalaseleyo, okhuphiswano, umlo kunye nomntu ojikeleze iqela. Akwazi nokuba abe ilulwane ngendlela efanelekileyo ngeenxa.
Ukuba uyithathile 255 iiwiki kwimisebenzi yakhe yovavanyo emthunzini ophantsi 30 ipisi, irekhodi yakhe khona ukuze yonke ukubona kwaye izakuba nzima kakhulu ukuba indawo kuye. Njengamaxesha onke eNgilani akukho mgceni wabakhenkethi bevala umnyango ukuya endaweni yakhe. Ngaba oko kuthetha ukuba sibuyele emva kwimihla yokuhlala sikhetha i-twirler xa isitayile sivumela kunokukhetha kuqala?
It certainly looks that way — Monty has previously shown signs of being someone filling the spot. Kodwa umva lowo awayeka? Elula impendulo ngalo mzuzu kuba akukho mntu.
It raises a more worrying question about what is going on in the England dressing room. They’ve just surrendered the Ashes and I’m wondering if one or two more others may follow Swann’s lead. There is clearly discontent. Swann ngasekho. Trott may never return. Ingaba Pieterson elandelayo? Prior is on a bad run too and is the wrong side of 30. Ngaba yena saphetha kwakunye? Maybe even Jimmy Anderson as an outside bet?
All speculation of course and hopefully speculation that is wide of the mark. Any fan of England wishing for it to happen should look to the example of the brilliant Australian side who lost some of their best servants all in one go and quickly banish such thoughts. With the all-conquering Antipodeans, Hayden, Langer, Gillchrist, Warne and McGrath all shuffled off and the side suffered badly as a result. Evolution not revolution is what is needed. The fight to replace Swann will be a hard fought battle in itself – I hope for the sake of the team it isn’t complicated by having to replace half a team.
Nceda sithumelele iingcinga zakho egqabaza ngezantsi! Ukuba ungathanda ukuba uzibophelele nceda sebenzisa i rhuma ikhonkco kwi menu entla kwasekunene. Unga kwakhona ukwabelana oku nabahlobo bakho ngokusebenzisa amakhonkco zentlalo ngezantsi. Masinwabe.