Archive for the ‘patriotic excess’ Category

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Arjuna the Indomitable: Challenging Aussie Skulduggery in 1995-98 … and More

April 25, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of The Cricket Monthly, at ESPNcricinfo … http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1087120/arjuna-versus …where the title is “Arjuna Versus”

 January 1999: Sri Lankan supporters show Ranatunga some love outside Adelaide Oval, where he was facing a disciplinary hearing

v Australia, 1995-96
Sri Lanka have played in higher-octane, better contested and far more watchable series, but for pure watershed value none has left its mark on the island’s cricket like this pre-World Cup thrashing in Australia. If Ranatunga had not been at the helm, things might have gone very differently; it was the kind of tour that can run teams aground.

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Outright Abuse — with Umpires as the Proverbial Monkeys

March 10, 2017

Hear no EVIL? See no Evil! 

What were the Umpires doing at this moment!!

 Merv Hughes vilifies Graeme Hicks and seeks to disturb his equanimity …..

look carefully at the Aussie supporters in Indian NOW and ,,,, you will see this bloke: An Aussie Legend !!

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A Heist! A Heist! Lanka snatches Victory from Yawning Jaws

February 19, 2017

 Brydon Coverdale in ESPNcricinfo.com where the title is Gunaratne 84* caps stunning series win for Sri Lanka”

Asela Gunaratne orchestrated a remarkable heist to seal the T20 series for Sri Lanka with a match to play, stealing an outrageous victory over Australia in the first international match ever played at Geelong’s Kardinia Park. For the second time in three days, Sri Lanka reached their target from the final ball of their chase, but whereas at the MCG they had needed only 18 off the last three overs, here they needed 48. Gunaratne ensured that they did it in style.  aa-asela-22

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. — Pic by MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Pissu Percy in his Pictorial Element: Day and Night

February 13, 2017

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Seeing DOUBLE: Mohammad Shahzad …. b Mohammad Shahzad

December 19, 2016
Mohammad Shahzad c Amjad Gul b Mohammad Shahzad 38 29 5 0 131.03
Pic by Chris Whiteoak/whiteoakpictures Cricket: UAE v Afghanistan, ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai. Afghanistan receive the trophy  © Picture Copyright >> Christopher Whiteoak  >> 0558117530

Pic by Chris Whiteoak/whiteoakpictures
Cricket: UAE v Afghanistan, ICC Cricket Academy, Dubai. Afghanistan receive the trophy
© Picture Copyright >> Christopher Whiteoak >> 0558117530

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Alex Kontouris faces “Chin Music” at the Coronial Inquest into Phil-Hughes’ Death

October 13, 2016

Michael Roberts 

Alex Kountouris, a Cypriot Australian physiotherapist from Melbourne, was recruited as masseur and physiotherapist for the Sri Lankan cricket team in1995 or so by new coach Dav Whatmore. He rendered yeoman service and was a vital cog in the management programme that enabled Sri Lanka’s cricketers to win the World Cup in 1996. The island repaid him handsomely albeit involuntarily: he married a lass from that land.

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He has since moved to higher levels back home in Australia: he became the cricket team’s physiotherapist in 2006. It is in this capacity and because of his experience that he was called as a witness in the coroner’s inquiry in Sydney into the tragic death of Philip Hughes by bouncer-blow on 25th November 2014. As far as I know, he was not present on the ground that day so his testimony could not provide direct evidence.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Matthew Wade elbows Bowler Abbott and faces Code of Conduct Charge

October 11, 2016

AAP News Item, 10 October 2016, with title “Proteas v Australia: Matthew Wade faces contrary conduct charge”

Australia’s Matthew Wade is facing a contrary conduct charge after an on-field run-in with South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi during Sunday’s fourth one-day international in Port Elizabeth.  The pair had to be spoken to by the umpires after Wade appeared to clip Shamsi with his elbow while taking a run during Australia’s innings in South Africa’s six-wicket victory.

aa-wadeWhile Wade made only minor contact with the Proteas’ spinner both he and Shamsi have been charged with breaching article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct. The article relates to minor acts of “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”. Read the rest of this entry ?