On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me four calling birds.
Except nobody really knows what a calling bird is. Cleverclogs suggest that originally the reference was to the colley bird, which is what blackbirds were called in the middle ages. Maybe, maybe, thinks Fantasy Bob. But more likely, in his view, is it a complete mishearing by a cloth-eared minstrel with no knowledge of cricket.
For the cricketer would hear correctly the tribute to the type of player every team needs, a contributor with bat, ball in the field and to team spirit and moral.
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Four Collingwoods.
Well worth having. England's top ODI scorer and the skipper who took them to victory in the 2010 T20 World Championships. Paul Collingwood announced his retirement from Test cricket almost a year ago.
|6 for 31|
|120* v Australia|
|The catch of the century -|
Ponting c Collingwood b Anderson 12