Archive for the ‘patriotic excess’ Category


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 ?


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 ?


Sri Lankan Squad Celebrates at SSC

August 20, 2016

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Lanka’s Cricketing Heroes at Pallekele

July 30, 2016

KUSAL MENDIS Kusal Mendis   Read the rest of this entry ?


Nude Bathing at Pallekalay

July 28, 2016

ALEX Alex James shows his mettle (sic) … and rumour has it that he will receive a Baggy Green when he returns home to Queensland …. from Pauline Hanson of course


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Sanath talks to Sa’adi: Selector’s Policies and Team Prospects in Engand

May 8, 2016

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in The Sunday Observer, 8 May 2016, where the title isOur bowling attack is one of the best in the world”

SANATH --lake houseThe Sri Lankan cricket team presently touring England maybe undergoing a period of transition, but chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya is of the belief that if there is one department they are on par with, it is the bowling which he described as being one of the best attacks in the world.”The one department we are really good at is bowling. We have the top best bowling side in the world – five fast bowlers and spinners who are all experienced and very good,” Jayasuriya told the Sunday Observer.The Lankan pace attack comprises Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal and Dushmantha Chameera. They are backed by spinners Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera. Their total experience amounts to 164 Test appearances and 582 wickets. Read the rest of this entry ?


Musings II: Too Many Heads and Too Many Guillotines

March 15, 2016

 Michael Roberts, courtesy of…..

In all manner of sports both fans and controlling bodies behind the scene are far too prone to lop off the coach when a team fares badly. This occurs often – in soccer, cricket, rugger et cetera in all parts of the world. Such consistency in the guillotine act demands reflection. Are these fans and controlling geniuses being too fervent – fervent to the point of misguidance? At least in some instances it would seem that a team fares badly because other teams have outshone them.

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The lesson for me here is that fan-fervour is, more often than not, as fanatic as frenetic. The result is mistreatment of some good guys (gender neutral here). With the Sri Lankan cricket world, moreover, this frenetic fanaticism of ardent enthusiasts in high places has gone a step further and generated another first. It is not the cricket team that has been changed, but the whole cricketing Selection Committee. Kapila Wijegunawardene,[1]  Brendon Kuruppu, Hemantha Wickremanayake and Amal Silva,. “The appointment of the National Selection Committee was carried out by the Honorable Minister citing recent failures encountered by the national team in their tours to New Zealand, India, Asia Cup in Bangladesh and the inconsistency of selection criteria,” said the statement which implemented the act of dismissal.[2] Read the rest of this entry ?