|Hughes at his best|
Many will also remember him for the unique feat of taking a hat trick spread across three separate overs and two different days at Perth in 1988–89. He had Curtly Ambrose caught behind with the last ball of his 36th over, then ended West Indies' first innings in his 37th, by removing Patrick Patterson. Then more than a day later completed his hat-trick by trapping Gordon Greenidge lbw with the first ball of West Indies' second innings. Yes, people will remember all this - but they may not remember that in his 53 match Test career between 1985 and 1994 he took 212 wickets at 28.38 and a mean low order hitter with a top score of 72. Not a bad player.
|Merv the Swerve|
|Walrus and the Carpenter |
by Mervyn Peake
But there are still Mervyns on the brain. Here's another - the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee Mervyn King. He may look all quantitative easing and reduced growth forecasts but Mervyn is a cricket fan. He is Patron of Worcestershire County CC. King is also the President of the cricket foundation Chance to Shine programme, which fosters competitive cricket in state schools (but sadly not in Scotland). As he says on the programme's website 'I believe that cricket can play a unique role in the education of children. It is the ultimate team game that reaches across boundaries of gender, race and class, offering opportunity to all.' Well said Merv.
|King enjoying the cricket at Lords last July|
Oh and happy birthday Merv.