(Featured Photograph: By Karen Knoff – from her book “Gentlemen”)
“Well gentlemen, nearly lunchtime: can I confirm the names we’ve shortlisted for the 1-6 positions?”
There were vigorous nods, and the kind of murmuring that extras mimic with phrases such as ‘rhubarb rhubarb’ and ‘soda water bottles’.
“Excellent. Before we break, Carstairs would like to suggest a controversial addition to the line-up. I we should at least look at the Paper.”
Document packs were riffled.
“He can’t bat!”
“He can’t bowl!”
“He dropped that easy catch!”
Carstairs looked every one of them in the eye before saying “All true – but he’s even better than Aussie when it comes to heckling!”
© David Jesson, 2019