OK I know it’s all over and now we’re onto the Rugby World Cup (well, I am) but I just read this excellent summary by Australian writer Geoff Lemon (he’s very fair in case you Poms were wondering) and thought that the half dozen of us here who participated in the GAAD (Great Afterword Ashes Discussion) might be interested.
Friday. Day off work. House to myself. Cricket on. Got on Popmaster and won! Pizza for tea, then off to see Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets in Hull… Oh, and it’s my birthday too… A good day. Hope yours was too x
I love journalists who write really well about cricket. The current crop contains a few gems, a few good ones and a swathe of also rans. One of the current gems is ex-England captain, Michael Atherton. In today’s Times he writes about the current Pakistan leg spinner, Yasir Shah, drawing comparisons with Shane Warne, the all time master of the leggie’s art. He introduces the reader to the fact that the Old Trafford pitch (the sight of tomorrow’s Test) has always been a friend to a leg spinner, using this example, which I hope my retyping doesn’t contravene any copyright rules:
“Think, obviously, of the Shane Warne fizzer to Mike Gatting in 1993, when England’s Henry VIII lookalike, and thought of as a king of batsmen against spin, was left bemused by the seemingly impossible geometry of Warne’s drift and turn, as the ball moved one way in the air and then another off the pitch. Gatting wandered off looking like a bear who had had his porridge removed from under his nose.”
Firstly, Atherton doesn’t assume that all of his readers are experts, one of the arts of a good sportswriter. Secondly, you can almost see the mischievous twinkle » Continue Reading.
I was there today… I hesitate to say ‘lucky’ to be there. It was the cricket equivalent of a football groundsman deciding to put out subbuteo goals as an experiment. But Cook was class, he played exactly how he needed to play and Bell did a decent enough job with him (after surviving a potential career ending dropped catch on 1).
A fiver to get in and a chicken biryani for lunch. Sorted.
One day champions!
Previous commitments meant I couldn’t make it Lords, but I’ve had an eye on the live text all day. At half past five we looked dead and buried, by five past six we’d won. I bloody love cricket.
Was reviewing the “it’s all fucked on the Afterword …no it’s not thread and saw the references to the cricket threads.
Glad some people like them and those that have no interest happy to move along.
But back to the cricket.
I have not bothered to watch one ODI. And no one ( I dont think) has chosen to pass comment on the blog. The papers down here of course cover it but far less so than the tests.
What is the interest up north?
hazelwood out and Siddle in. Better late than never it seems.
Cookie wins toss again with a green wicket. Anyone checked that coin?
Toppong our scorecard but smart to see the signs.
He made an interesting comment…..apart from the knocks on the head facing up to Johnson and Starc in the nets is another thing.
You,tend to think about opposition teams copping it and yes the venom no doubt goes up a notch. But imagine the teams of the seventies – Snow, Lillee / Thommo and The Windies quarters pelting thenm at you every nets session.
Thoroughly deserved and Australia’s humiliation thoroughly deserved too.
From today’s Australian Amid all the despondency and cacophony of jeers as Australia sunk toward an inevitable 2-1 defeat on the last day at Edgbaston, Mitchell Johnson threw the switch to vaudeville.
It was a mark of how much he had changed that Johnson would try to lighten the moment — and perhaps sneak a wicket — in such a bleak situation. His former captain Ricky Ponting wrote in his autobiography that the left-armer was one of the most gifted athletes he had ever met but also the least assured. Hostile, unplayable and unspeakably quick with the ball, he was equally quick to doubt himself.
Mitch Mark II is a remarkably different man. He is easy in his own skin. Things aren’t altogether flash for the Australians right now. Brad Haddin and Shane Watson have been discarded after one Test each. In Haddin’s case the bad news came on return from what was essentially compassionate leave. That’s 125 Tests’ worth of experience now running the drinks and trying hard not to think about what form life takes after the series. After cricket.
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Fascinating . Isn’t an evenLt matched rivalry great?
Things have gone rather quiet on the blog eh what. Curate a pitch slower than a wet week and look where it has got you.
14 overs in of the Indian run chase and I hate to say it I’m tipping India.Ball going through straight ,Aussies fucked up and should have put on another 50. Stadium packed with Indians – could be Mumbai by the sound of it and the Indian team seem like they have been here for the last 5 years so pretty comfortable with the conditions.
There’s a fantastic article on the Oz Grauniad from a couple weeks back by Geoff Lemon on how the current channel 9 commentators with Mark Nicholas are killing the legacy of Richie Benaud in the commentary box. The article is fantastic, but the comments thread is astounding. If you like cricket that is. It is the only public comments thread I’ve gone more than two posts through (outside this place and the old places anyway). The comments are just shy of 800, with I’d guess 99.99% agreement on the article. Amazing.
In fact it seems like there’s been a toning down the banter in the last couple of World Cup games on Channel 9, although that might be SkyTV related as there are other commentators piping up besides the usual 9 club. Mark Taylor has been much more to the point, and thankfully I haven’t heard James Brayshaw at all.