Jimmy Anderson is the next in a long line of professional sportsmen that have been given time off and had mountains moved in order to be by their partner’s side to witness the birth of their child, only Monday was I cursing the same problem when Fernando Torres missed Liverpool’s home match against Aston Villa, fortunately Villa were absolutely diabolical and Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 victory without hardly breaking sweat.
This situation of attending childbirth in Cricket is not without precedent at all, during this year’s victorious 20/20 world cup, Kevin Pietersen was allowed to fly back to the UK for the birth of his first child with former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor, he missed one match (after we had already qualified for the knock-out round) which England won.
Andrew Strauss flew home during the 2005 winter tour of Pakistan to attend his first child’s birth and missed a critical test in which Michael Vaughan had to move up the order and open the batting, a devastating blow to all associated with English cricket I’m sure you’ll agree.
I just feel that some people’s commitment to the career they have chosen is lacking somewhat, they seem to think that I will be fine if they just “nip home”, from Australia Jimmy? It is a 20,000 mile round trip taking nearly two complete days of travelling!
I think a lesson can be learnt from former Liverpool legend John Barnes, he was a special guest on Sky Sports during their transmission of Liverpool Vs Chelsea on 7th November, at half-time, with Liverpool leading 2-0, Richard Keys announced that during the first half, John’s wife Andrea had given birth to his seventh child, a boy named Alexander, when asked if he wanted to leave to join his wife and new son, he replied..
Digger, we salute you!
Marcus J Mitchell