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Introducing a new column to cricketworld.com which highlights and discusses a range of the most entertaining and controversial tweets of the week by cricketers and cricket pundits. By John Pryor.
Twitter has become the medium through which cricketers communicate with their fans, whether it be the expression of their personal opinions or entertaining match assessments, Twitter has provided the world of cricket with political controversy, humour and a wealth of topics to discuss.
For pure entertainment this week we need look no further than the young Yorkshire paceman Moin Ashraf, @OfficialMoinA23. Moin rapped his way through a number of modern classics including Jay-Z’s Paris, Carlie Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and and Dizzy Rascal’s Fix up Look Sharp, adapting the lyrics to reflect his cricketing background. Moin came out with classics such as: ‘So I bowl so fast batters wanna drive me, first batters gotta time me. What's 50 overs to a ******** like me, can ya please remind me?’ And, ‘hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here's my slower ball, bowled you, maybe?’ No doubt this lyrical genius will soon be snapped up by Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella records.
It has been pointed out to us that the @OfficialMoinA23 account is a parody. @MoinA23 is Moin Ashraf's own Twitter account and it would appear that the likes of David Lloyd (@bumblecricket) and Michael Vaughan (@VaughanCricket) have been similarly pointed in the right direction.
Meanwhile, Phil Tufnell, @philtufnell has treated us to a collage of guts and gore by encouraging his followers to send him pictures of their cricket injures from the weekend. Clearly Tuffers is becoming more masochistic with age, though looking through the gruesome images did become strangely addictive. The most notable included a gentlemen who dived for a catch and managed to remove the skin from almost half his leg and another who attempted to stop two yorkers with his big toe, only to realise his big blue error. These pictures are definitely worth a look.
On the whole, controversy did not grace the twitter stage this week; players and pundits acted positively in the face of the debate about whether the England vs Australia ODI series is an unnecessary anti-climax compared to an Ashes series.
The normally outspoken Kevin Pietersen, @Kevinpp24, also stated his excitement at the upcoming series: ‘ENG v AUS today. Some early punches will be thrown in prep for next yrs double Ashes. Come on ENG! Wish I had a TV in the pool.’
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Twitter column without a mention of the king of cricket Twitterati, Graeme Swann, @SwannyG66. Swanny has been relatively quiet this week, possibly because he had his hotmail account hacked. However, he still managed to provide his followers with a balanced and intellectual assessment of why Alex Hales was dismissed for ninety-nine playing for England in the final T20 against the West Indies.
Swanny tweeted, ‘It has been confirmed by the officials that Alex Hales was 'just too ugly' to score a hundred. Harsh but undeniably fair.’ Compassion is clearly Graham Swann’s strong point. Nevertheless, once he retires from professional cricket, Swanny will surely be destined for cricket punditry, although his cutting wit may cause a stir amongst the less comedic Atherton, Hussain and Gower.
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