John Pryor highlights and discusses a range of the most entertaining and controversial tweets of the week by cricketers and cricket pundits. This week's range of subjects includes South Africa's win at The Oval, the Friends Life t20 and the Olympics.
There has been a rich dichotomy between the emotions expressed by English cricketers at the beginning and end of this week.
Early in the week Twitter was dominated by reactions to the thumping England received at the hands of South Africa in the opening Test Match of the summer series. Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) expressed mixed emotions - he began by trying to vindicate England’s poor bowling performance tweeting, "Tough day at the office on a sub continent type wicket. No pace in it at all but we kept plugging away. Bring back the old Oval wicket!"
He then thought better of this and proceeded to praise the South African Batsmen and add humour to the disappointment: "Amla and Smith played brilliantly too. Credit where credit is due….. Highlight of the day has to be Straussy smashing his shades to bits! The chances of that happening are next to none!"
Tweets by Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) and Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) reflected the disappointment of a nation; Prior tweeted, "Gutted about the Test match but we will be back strong next week. Now down to Hove for T20 QF @SussexCCC! What a day for it.#comeonsharks."
Swann added: "Ropey day. Thanks to you good people who keep the faith. Those abuses amongst you should try a new game. Motorway hopscotch #helmets."
In contrast, Twitter South Africa was a place of joy. AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) reacted to his team mates batting by tweeting, "Never easy havin the pads on all day with zero action, but these guys made up for it. Congrats @amlahash @GraemeSmith49 &@jacqueskallis75..... Could not have lost my record to a better man! Very happy for [email protected] . Also a great effort by our bowlers, but lots of work ahead..."
For the Proteas captain (@GraemeSmith49) this week was not just about success in the middle, but also about the birth of his first child; an emotional Smith tweeted, "Emotions of last week will remain unparalleled.truely amazing!wanna say thx to every1 who was kind enough to make the effort to wish us well."
At the end of the week England’s cricketers had forgotten the disappointment of last weekend and instead tweeted about the spectacular ceremony that was the Olympic opening ceremony.
True to form, Michael Vaughan (@VaughanCricket) managed to lower the tone of the occasion: "Will the beach Volleyball girls be strolling around the stadium tonight in there Kit??? Or team Uniform?? #justasking."
It was only Adam Hollioake (@adamhollioake) who expressed pessimism about the hype around the opening ceremony: "Can someone explain the excitement/obsession with the flame at every Olympic games... Reckon everyone carrys on a bit bout this flame..."
Amongst the monumental events celebrated on Twitter this week were some humorous tweets by English cricketers. Steven Finn (@finnysteve) revealed that he had suffered one of the worst injuries known to mankind and was struggling to find a treatment: "Got hit in the Jacobs today at training. Been trying to get the physio to rub them better all evening but he's having none of it. #sore."
Meanwhile, Broad (@StuartBroad8) reacted angrily to Kevin Pietersen's (@KevPietersen24) tweet about the appearance of Notts players, "@KevPietersen24: Wow!!! KP watching the T20 & Notts have signed some ugly players since I left. Carter, Hales, Swann, Broad..."»HARSH!!”
Next week we look forward to reactions about the early Olympic events and the start of the second England versus South Africa Test match.
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