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20 June, 2021

What Made Football Legend Owen Jump Into Texting Scandal Oven?


You are a legend. Hypothetically. And retired.

Would you be a muffin and jump into a hot oven? Just for the heck of it?

You'd rather spare yourself being that muffin and devote your time on more constructive purposes.

Fans of England and Liverpool legend Michael Owen, 41, are thinking just that.

Their legend, married to his childhood sweetheart, dad of four and in a horse breeding business has got sucked into a scandal that could potentially ruin his married life.

Consider you aren't a legend and living a decent, married life.

Would you send seedy texts to a reality star begging her for nude pictures, knowingly full well that:

1. The woman, ex-big brother housemate Rebecca Jane, 36, ran a detective agency that helped married women spy on their unfaithful partners.

2. The woman herself got trained into spying after the male spies she hired to spy on her cheating hubby returned unimpressive results.

3. She ran this lady detective agency for about eight years before selling it off in 2018. That's lot of experience.

4. She is a regular guest on the ITV show This Morning.

5. She is a trainee solicitor.

6. She has been involved in a similar filthy texts incident with former England rugby star Ben Foden. That incident too hit the headlines in August 2019.

Owen may not have been aware of his antics making the headlines on Father's Day.

He was happy tweeting and posting a picture with his dad. 

 Happy Father’s Day!

You could only speculate, now that this scandal is on the lips of the masses, Owen could do with some holistic therapy treatments or yoga at the PH7 Wellbeing that Rebecca Jane is promoting as the company's group operations director.

The Sun quoted her friend saying that Jane was thrilled at being contacted by her childhood hero.

As Owen's well wisher, you'd feel that the legend was fortunate his proposed meeting with Jane did not materialise.

What the media is reporting:

Married former striker Michael Owen 'begged reality TV star for nude pictures'

Who is Michael Owen’s wife Louise Bonsall, and how many children do the couple have?

Married ex-Man United footballer Michael Owen's explicit messages with reality TV star

Married England legend Michael Owen 'begged ex-Big Brother housemate Rebecca Jane, 36, for nude pictures and told her 'leave nothing to the imagination''

Who is Michael Owen's wife Louise Bonsall and how many kids do the couple have?

Michael Owen 'begged ex-Big Brother housemate Rebecca Jane, 36, for nude pictures'

India Falter In Batting And Toil In Bowling; Fans Unhappy With Play Lost To Rain

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India v New Zealand

Day 1, 2 & 3

Three days gone. Three days to go.

India faltered in their batting and toiled in their bowling on Day 3.

Their famed batting fell short of their own 250-run first innings target as they were all out for 217. 

Their wrecker in chief was Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, the 6 feet 8 Kyle Jamieson, who scalped 5 for 31 runs in his eight Test.

Fielding, India's pace bowlers did everything good except take a wicket until spinner Ravichandran Ashwin stepped in and broke the opening partnership.

New Zealand did well ending the day at 101 for 2. 

After an initial delay, play started on Day 3 with the scalp of India skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant in quick succession.

The Team India captain had, on Day 2, got into the elite club as the sixth Indian Test batsmen to have aggregated 7,500 career runs. 

He also eclipsed his predecessor, M S Dhoni's record of captaining India in 60 Tests. This WTC Final is Kohli's 61st as captain.

Kohli was unfortunate to have been given out to an "umpire's call" decision, one which saved Pant. 

However, the southpaw, aggressive wicketkeeper batsman perished flashing at a delivery from the 6 feet 8 Kylie Jamieson to a slip catch.

As a result, India lost four wickets by lunch for an addition of 65 runs from their overnight score of 146 for 3. At lunch, they were 211 for 7.
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Earlier, an abundance of thrill and excitement was expected from the inaugural WTC final at the Hampshire Bowl.

At the start of the third day's play, the probability of a draw has increased to more than 65%. A dampener.

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Only 64.4 overs bowled from a two-day target of 180. A major part washed out.

Questions from experts and former Test greats are hovering over the way the incorrect manner in which the umpires are checking the visibility parameter.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, now commentator, was shocked at umpires placing the light metre on top of the stumps. 

"If I were playing, I would have agreed with that method," Gavaskar mocked. 

Usually, the umpires hold the light metre against the sight screen. This helps them ascertain whether a batsman will be able to spot the leather ball released at up to 145mph.

Elsewhere, fans hungrier after the Indian Premier League was abandoned midway, are questioning the selection of England as a venue for this prestigious event.

"This is the the inaugural World Test Championship in the 144 year history of Test cricket. Why would the ICC (International Cricket Council) choose a venue in England at this time when they know there'll be rains?," asked one die-hard fan from Mumbai.

Other fans have shared memes on Twitter to show their ire and frustration. 
The ICC has apparently chosen the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton (initially Lord's) not because players get to wear jumpers, fans at the stadium get to drink beer, or England is the home of cricket.

The Hampshire Bowl was picked for these reasons:

1. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) assured the ICC that the WTC Final could be hosted safely in a bio-secure bubble.

2. The ECB's success at organizing a summer of bio-safe international cricket in 2020 convinced the  ICC.

3. The venue offers playing and training facilities that are world-class. This is helpful for the competing teams to practice and prepare for the big event.

4. The Hampshire Bowl has on-site accommodation for the teams, their staff, broadcasters and their staff. This arrangement ensures the risk of COVID-19 transmission is curtailed.

5. England is the most ideal neutral location for hosting a Test match of this level.

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