But apparently FB has been uninformed. Apparently free radical build up is the threat and free radicals can be unkind to DNA. FB might have though that a free radical was Nelson Mandela, but that might be too obvious a gag so he will resist it. It is free radicals in sun light that can do the bad stuff to skin.
The skipper in FB wonders how he will respond the next time one of his bowlers, when asked how he feels and if he is good for another over responds, 'Not really FB, I think the free radicals have built up a bit too much.' A proper concern over health and safety would seem to require FB to respond by removing the bowler from the area of risk. However FB is more likely to tell his bowler not to be such a big girl's blouse and make sure he puts some effort into the next six deliveries for a change. Legal action would no doubt follow.
But aid is at hand and it comes in a simple form. Researchers at Napier University in Edinburgh have announced that they have established that eating watercress (or nasturtium officinale to those in the know) can counter the build up of these nasty free radicals thus forestalling the risk DNA damage.
Fantasy Bob is therefore in discussion with the team of crack sports nutritionists stationed at go ahead Edinburgh cricket club Carlton to ensure that the proper availability of watercress is a priority. Unfortunately the nutritional team has been unable to source a supply of watercress topped empire biscuits. But they have suggested that a bowl of watercress soup should made available to FB between overs. The obligatory drinks break will be complemented by watercress breaks when a small watercress salad will be served.
However FB's negotiations with the Doughty Groundsman have been less successful. The DG has so far resisted FB's suggestion that part of the square might be given over to the cultivation of this newly identified superfood. He suggested that should FB repeat this suggestion his DNA might find itself forcibly rearranged through direct contact with the scarifier.