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Unique Adelaide Oval Scenes: Ashes 2005

December 7, 2013


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Cricket as warfare

November 27, 2013

Don Hodges, courtesy of SPORT, 25 November 2013, where the title is  “Ashes 2013-2014: Sooner or later, arms and ribs will be broken”

 The news that Jonathan Trott is returning to England as a result of a “long-stand stress-related” condition puts England’s defeat in the First Test at Brisbane into perspective. Cricket is not, as Alastair Cook said at yesterday’s post-match press conference, “a war”. It’s a game. A highly professional, intensely contested, increasingly well remunerated game. But a game nonetheless.

Trott_2703718b-460x288It was very clear to everyone watching Trott’s nine-ball innings on Saturday that something was not right with the England number three. Normally so unflappable at the crease, he was unable to cope with the succession of short pitched deliveries fired down at him by Mitchell Johnson. We all thought it was an issue of technique. Now we know better. Comparisons will inevitably be drawn with Marcus Trescothick, the former England opener who was forced to return prematurely from their tour of India in 2006, with his own stress-related issues. But mental illness is by definition a personal condition, and no one but Trott himself is in a position to fully understand his reasons for leaving the tour. The best any outside observer can do is wish him well and leave him in peace. Read the rest of this entry ?


South African Ball-tampering under the scope

November 4, 2013



Meckiff – Murali – and now Johan Botha

October 19, 2013

Quintus de Zylva 

Johan-Botha-6435317 Fifty years have passed since Ian Meckiff’s fast bowling action was “called” by leg umpire Col Egar during the test match against South Africa in Brisbane in 1963. His second, third, fifth and ninth balls were considered illegitimate by Col Egar. Captain Richie Benaud did not give Ian Meckiff another over to bowl and so ended the 18-Test career of this fast bowler at the age of 28. Richie Benaud’s spineless action was in contrast to that of Captain Arjuna Ranatunga who stood by Murali’s bowling action and threatened to take his team off the Adelaide cricket ground some years later. Biomedical expert Darryl Foster at the school of human movement at the University of Western Australia conducted tests that showed Murali’s flexion to be within a fifteen degree range that was considered acceptable. Read the rest of this entry ?


Angelow: Streaking NUDE at Lords

July 22, 2013

Martin Williamson, in ESPNcricinfo,


The current Test, being played under cloudless skies and with temperatures nudging 90°F, is the hottest Ashes match at Lord’s in almost four decades. While 1976 set 20th century temperature and drought records, the previous summer had been almost as warm. Although snow fell days before the start of the World Cup in early June 1975, thereafter the country basked in weeks of sun. The nation shed its clothes and basked. Some shed a few too many. The World Cup replaced a planned tour by South Africa and left the second half of the summer empty, so it was filled with a four-Test Ashes series. England had been thrashed the previous winter but the public wanted to see the Australians and the next series was not scheduled until 1977, so the move made commercial sense. Read the rest of this entry ?


Aleem Dar—Three Howlers and OUT he should be

July 21, 2013

Aleem Dar—Three Howlers and OUT he should be

Michael Roberts

Aleem-Dar 22There is a striking moment in Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger when the criminal mastermind tells James Bond that once is coincidence, twice is happenchance and thrice is war ending in the dungeon. Well! On this comparison umpire Aleem Dar should be consigned to the umpiring dungeons or refuse bin. He has the distinction of committing the same type of horrendous umpiring error not once, not twice, but THRICE!

When a batsman nicks or plays a ball to one of the slips most human beings can perceive the splice of the process so to speak. But not Dar… Not once, not twice, but THRICE. I have a vivid mental image of all three moments. Read the rest of this entry ?


Even the Yanks are in a Blather about Broad’s Brass Balls

July 18, 2013

Sarah Lyall, in the New York Times, where the title is “Debate Erupts After English Player Fails to Call Himself Out

chris broad - It seemed like a small thing, a mere moment among thousands in the first  week of the Ashes contest that will go on (and on) well into the lazy  days of August. But to cricket traditionalists, the incident — in which  an English cricket player failed to confess that he was out, even though the umpire had ruled him in — was a disgraceful reflection of how low the game had fallen. Why can’t we have it played straight, where cricketers act like gentlemen and do what we know is right?” lamented the radio host Peter Allen, speaking on Day 3 of the all-important 131-year-old England-Australia tournament known as the Ashes. “I always thought cricket was something different.”        Read the rest of this entry ?


Fisticuffs in Cricket: Ian vs Ian, Warner vs Root, etc etc

June 16, 2013

Richard Browne, in the Sunday Leader, 16 June 2012, with title: “Warner Incident highlights History of Cricketing Pugilists”

ian vs ian

David Warner the pocket battleship from the tough end of Sydney, has been dominating the cricket press this week after landing a glancing blow on the chin of young Joe Root, the England batsmen. Root, the most cherubic player to don the Three Lions since a young David Gower debuted in 1978 with a head full of blond curls and the demeanour of a slightly reluctant angel, appears to have been the wrong man in the wrong place and fingers crossed the storm will quickly die now that Warner has his ban and fine and we can all return to the cricket. Read the rest of this entry ?


Cricketing Scenes Australian

May 16, 2013

ALEX KONTOURIS BUST alex kontouris ALEX KOUNTOURIS physiotherapist extraordinary & one of the mentors for SL cricketers in 1996 et seq… AND Read the rest of this entry ?


Gone fishing — not playing for Australia!

March 19, 2013

Steven Lynch, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where this delightful essay bears the title“You’re fired”

Bowling beamers
Roy Gilchrist was probably the fastest bowler to emerge from Jamaica before Michael Holding – and he mixed up his express deliveries and bumpers with the odd very nasty high full-toss – the now-banned “beamer”. But not long after taking 6 for 55 against India in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1958-59, Gilchrist unleashed one beamer too many – at an old Cambridge team-mate of his captain, Gerry Alexander. He was sent home from the tour, and never played for West Indies again.

SYMONDS AND FISH--gETTY iMAGES SymondsPic by Getty Images

Going fishing
A hard-hitting allrounder seemingly made for the one-day game, and who latterly made a mark in Test cricket, Queenslander Andrew Symonds often sailed close to the wind: in England in 2005 he was dropped after a night out, which wouldn’t have made so many headlines if Australia hadn’t promptly lost to Bangladesh. Then, in August 2008, he achieved the unlikely feat of being sent home from a series at home – Bangladesh (again) were about to provide the opposition in a one-day series in the “top end” (Darwin and Cairns) of Australia, when Symonds missed a team meeting as he had gone fishing. Protests that he’d left the hotel before the meeting was called fell on deaf ears. He was welcomed back that time, but fell out with the Australian hierarchy for good a year later. Read the rest of this entry ?


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