Pier review

Piers Morgan is one of the more obnoxious commentators on CNN and that takes some doing. He took over from Larry King and his usual lefty rants from the grandstand, typically against every right-side target he can find, has helped the network cascade downwards in its ratings.

But for once he thought he’d show them how it was done by facing six balls from Brett Lee. On top of everything else, it is a reminder of just how good the really good really are. I’m happy to see this is all over the net but they probably won’t see much of it in the US since the game is so foreign in that part of the world.

It’s only a shame we don’t do eight ball overs any more.

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38 Responses to Pier review

  1. boy on a bike

    Lee should have deliberately overstepped the mark and bowled a dozen no-balls.

  2. Rabz

    Ha – I noted this was on yesterday afternoon.

    Fabulous entertainment, I couldn’t stop laughing.

  3. Bruce

    Just a pity Lee wasn’t at anywhere near express speed,just bowled lollipops at the obese loudmouth and still made him look like a big girl.

  4. Brett_McS

    You’re probably right about it not getting much play in America.

    Cricket as seen by Americans

  5. John Mc

    That was absolutely beautiful. What was the crowd chanting after the final ball?

  6. Infidel Tiger

    I see Lee is still a serial no-baller and has no idea about line and length.

    Morgan is a wanker. No wonder Jeremy Clarkson punched him.

  7. JB5

    Agreed. Sometimes pain is the correct approach.

  8. John Mc

    I thought Lee did exactly the right thing considering Morgan’s attitude. Bounced one into him, then put him off the level with some unpredictable balls, then clean bowled him to seal the deal. Then let him gain a little pride back so he could walk off while reflecting on shooting his mouth off. Very good.

  9. Toiling Mass

    As me old gran used to say, “the wired jaw learns best”.

  10. stackja

    I’m happy to see this is all over the net but they probably won’t see much of it in the US since the game is so foreign in that part of the world.

    An American I know was visiting a few weeks ago, he said that the game he heard that was being played when he was here six months ago was still going on. He expected it to finish sometime next year as a draw.

  11. .

    Morgan is a liar and a bully.

    He supports others to be impoverished and have their civil liberties curtailed.

    He didn’t get hurt.

    He deserves everything he got/gets.

  12. KaaBee

    How many of Lee’s balls were “no balls”. At least one cannot say that about the loud mouthed Pom.

  13. Rafe

    BRING BACK THE EIGHT BALL OVER!

    Welcome to the movement Sinc!

  14. John Mc

    An American I know was visiting a few weeks ago, he said that the game he heard that was being played when he was here six months ago was still going on. He expected it to finish sometime next year as a draw.

    Sounds like the American feeling toward another global game:

    “Slow play, low scores, and ties?….You bet!!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbRXQ-A6-O8

  15. jumpnmcar

    According to the SMH;

    Morgan, the cocky former UK tabloid editor who is at least as well known for his rants on Twitter as he is for his Piers Morgan Live TV show on CNN, will on Friday face 10 balls in the MCG nets from the owner of 310 Test wickets.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/piers-morgan-sledges-brett-lee-on-twitter-ahead-of-mcg-net-session-20131227-2zynl.html#ixzz2ojJpaURN

  16. Mick from the Gold Coast

    Surely no one out there believes that was a real cricket ball?? If so Piers the Pest would be in intensive care until March next year.

  17. Pedro the Ignorant

    Nobody forced Morgan to strap on the pads (and thigh guards, box, chest guard and helmet) and face Lee in the nets.

    He chose to face the chin music, so no sympathy from me if he got a few polka dots and brown undies.

    BTW, there is no such thing as a “no ball” in the nets. There is no umpire, and usually no crease markings. Sometimes a small flag at around 22 yards from the target wicket.

  18. I’m an eight-ball over believer. I’ve barely watched cricket since “black-over day”. (Barely watched cricket before that, but that is another story).

    There are many drawbacks to life in the USA, lack of cricket is not the least of them. The world’s number #2 sport, and they barely know what it is. (Insert here long bullet point list of absolutely stupid questions about cricket that have been asked by Americans)

    According to the SMH;…… will on Friday face 10 balls …..

    Journalism’s sharp decline commenced the moment it became a degree course. This sort of stuff is to be found by skimming through the online news overnight every night, on weekends, and holidays.

    At school you’d risk having your behind tanned for writing something so stupid. Rightly so.

  19. Pauly

    I noticed a distinct change in Lee’s demeanour after Piers went the charge and got lippy after the first ball. If Piers had played straight and kept his gob shut Lee wouldn’t have put so many bruises on him.

  20. amortiser

    The commentators kept rabbiting on about the courage Morgan was displaying. He made the boast eat hat he would get behind the ball unlike the England players.

    Morgan may have attempted to get behind the first ball which hit him. After that first one, Morgan played the rest from the back corner of the net. Lee kept following him as he backed away. He was all wind and no substance. If Lee bowled any more deliveries at him he would have been tangled up in the net.

    On second look he was almost off the leg side of the pitch as Lee delivered that first ball.

    What a wuss!!!

  21. Pauly

    Journalism’s sharp decline commenced the moment it became a degree course. This sort of stuff is to be found by skimming through the online news overnight every night, on weekends, and holidays.

    Not just journalism, Teaching too. I can’t say that there are too many occupations that have been improved by going from technical/trade type qualifications to academic qualifications. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any occupation in the last 50 years that has been transformed into a profession by the magic of academia that has seen its standards rise because of the academic qualifications.
    Old school professions like medicine, law, engineering, physics, mathematics etc. came about because there was a need for academic qualifications. Nouvelle academie such as social work, teaching, journalism et al to me is more about wanting the trinket of having a piece of paper saying “university qualified” than for any actual need for the subject to be taught at university.

  22. Ant

    Piers Morgan should have tried batting with his mouth.

  23. Bruce

    Watching him go arse over tit was almost as good as seeing Sven Otke flatten our own local loudmouth.

  24. sdfc

    BTW, there is no such thing as a “no ball” in the nets. There is no umpire, and usually no crease markings. Sometimes a small flag at around 22 yards from the target wicket.

    That’s poppycock Pedro. Lee’s habit of bowling no balls in the nets was the reason for his habit of bowling them on the field. The nets are for training. Only an idiot would not care about bowling no balls at training.

  25. Oh come on

    Is cricket definitely the #2 sport? I’d say it’s a close-run thing with basketball. Cricket is dominant in the subcontinent and much of the Commonwealth…outside of that it’s practically unknown. Basketball is dominant in North America and China, and has substantial bases in parts of Europe, much of Asia and South America…difficult to say which is second to soccer.

  26. hammy

    What a vindictive lot you all are! Disgusting.

  27. Cricket is played widely in the US, just not by white people.

  28. sabrina

    This is not the Steve Kates we know of, useless thread really.

  29. …useless thread really.

    Be grateful.
    It could be worse – far worse. Numbers has not been along to reveal a conscription/Vietnam/state-schools-are-better-than-private-schools angle.

  30. Jim Rose

    What do you expect from a tabloid editor

  31. J.H.

    The guy didn’t even watch the ball, let alone bat properly. It was a wholly ridiculous batting display…… and the idiot has the hide to criticize the English batsmen?…. What a dill.

    …. and he seemed to think that allowing himself to be hit by the ball showed he had courage or something. Piers, you weren’t playing cricket mate, you were just being spanked by a cricket ball for your own personal pleasure from what I could see.

  32. flyingduk

    Pathetic effort, he backed away from every ball, didn’t try to get behind any of them, and he has the cheek to say the English team didn’t have the mettle to face up!

  33. Mark from Melbourne

    If Morgan is looking for some “English guts” he could do a LOT worse than cast an eye over Monty.

  34. james

    I know Andrew Bolt is nominally on the side of the angels but good bloody god he is a highly strung middle class cloggie wuss of truly epic proportions.

    How you could watch a right leaning fast bowler clean up a loud mouthed lefty wanker and not cheer I have no clue.

  35. Jim Rose

    There is a cricket league in new York city school system.

    Americans are also ignorant about soccer.

    Australia wanted to host a world cup but did not call the sport by its right name.

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