Michael Clarke was not the only T20 captain on the field on Sunday to have had a barry:
FOR the second time inside nine months Australia has been beaten by the Other South Africa: aka England.
Last year, Australia lost the Ashes in the face of a dominant South African batting display and it has happened again.
This time the South African batsmen took England to the World Twenty20 title in the Caribbean yesterday morning, England's first major limited overs success in any tournament since the World Cup legitimised short-form cricket in 1975.
Captain Paul Collingwood was the only token Englishman in the team's top five. The top three were all South African and Eoin Morgan is Irish.
But then Collingwood was an even more token captain than Michael Clarke during the tournament, scoring only 61 runs in seven matches at an average 10 and a strike rate of 6.2 runs per over.
If Clarke is Mike Clarke in honour of Mike Brearley, then surely Pies Collingwood is Tubby in honour of Mark Taylor, who came under heavy pressure when he couldn't score a run before the 1997 Ashes. Touch wood Tubby Pies doesn't fire up this summer.
Also, hats off to Malcolm Conn for getting back to good old-fashioned Aussie values by refusing to accept the legitimacy of the England... sorry, South African victory. The parlous state of English cricket - as opposed to the United Nations of English cricket - will be magnified, too, when the rest of the XI are selected from Transvaal, not Taunton. The stream of cricketers from SA to the UK is set to become a deluge since the Rainbow Nation must, if history is any indication, be headed in the direction of Zimbabwe and other ex-colonial basket-case hell-states.