Archive for the ‘taking the piss’ Category


Ball-tampering: A Fine-grained Legal Analysis

November 3, 2018

Peter Hunt, 14 September 2018, THE ROAR  where the title is  Ball tampering – a legal analysis and a call for reform”

It’s lunch on the third day of the third Test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town and the Test series is at a critical stage.

A day which will live in infamy 
Australia won the first Test and South Africa won the second. Now, in the third, South Africa enjoys a 56-run lead on the first innings and at lunch, they have lost one wicket in accumulating 65 precious runs. So, with a lead of 121 runs and with nine second-innings wickets in hand, South Africa will resume shortly and look to block, cover drive, leave and square cut themselves into a position of comfort.

Cameron Bancroft of Australia talks to the umpire on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

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An Older Mad Hatter Moment in Aussie Cricket -Mike Atherton in 2017

October 31, 2018

Michael Atherton, in The Australian, 20 November 2017, where the chosen title is I’ve never seen a circus like this in 30 years of Ashes cricket

At one stage, it would not have been a surprise to see the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit or the March Hare on stage. In nearly three decades of involvement in Ashes cricket, I cannot recall witnessing a more bizarre post-match circus than that which presented itself after the conclusion of the Gabba Test.

Cameron Bancroft, left, and Steve Smith following Australia’s Ashes Test win at the Gabba. Picture: AAP.

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Percy, Percy …. That Man Pissu Percy

September 28, 2018

Percy in Many Iconic Moments

When Gamini Dissamayake returned to the island after securing Sri Lanka’s entry into the top tier of cricket under the ICC in mid 1981 a reception party had been arranged at the Katunayake airport with some young cricketers also on parade. It is typical of Percy’ Abeysekera that he was there –with his standard symbol, the Sri Lankan flag …. It is with sadness that I note that the young cricketer on the extreme right is Sujeewa Kamalasuriya of Ananda and Adelaide who was swamped to death by the tsunami at Unawatuna on 26th December 2004.tsunami.

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Angelo Mathews Quite Furious

September 24, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, September 2018, where the title is Mathews ticked off at being made ‘scapegoat’ for SL Asia Cup exit”

Angelo Mathews has expressed strong resentment at being made a “scapegoat for the dismal performances … at the Asia Cup”, after he was sacked as captain on Sunday. In a letter to SLC, he has even floated the idea of retiring from ODI and T20 cricket.

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Australian Bullies against the Spirit of Cricket

September 15, 2018

ESPNcricket staff, September 2018, “Moeen Ali: ‘Rude’ Australia only team I disliked”

England allrounder Moeen Ali has called the recent Australia team “rude” and that they are the only one he has “disliked” following the 2017-18 Ashes series and a previous tour three years ago.Shortly after the Ashes, which Australia won 4-0, they w ere sent into crisis by the ball-tampering saga in South Africa which led to 12-month bans for Steven Smith and David Warner and a nine-month ban for Cameron Bancroft.

Cricket Australia commissioned a review into the culture around the team while much criticism was leveled on them, both for what happened at Newlands and also the environment that built up beforehand

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Al-Jazeera’s Sensation: Two More Presentations

May 28, 2018

ONE =Sport24: Sri Lanka suspends two caught in pitch-fixing sting,”

Colombo – Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday suspended a player and a groundsman who allegedly agreed to tamper with the pitch to alter the result of an upcoming Test against England, as police launched an investigation into the claims.The Sri Lankan board (SLC) said it had suspended the curator of the Galle International Stadium as well as a professional player, who were featured in an Al Jazeera documentary on corruption in cricket. The board also lodged a complaint with the local police, who launched a criminal investigation into the scandal exposed by the Doha-based television network.

 A View of the Galle Cricket Ground from the Fort -where marriages are made beyond the bed

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A Straight Bat, Young Lad

May 20, 2018

Yes, the bat is an extension of your forearm — Keep both straight and you will meet the ball four ‘n square.

So, says the occasional coach and ancient cricketer to a part-time cricketer at Kirinde in Sri Lanka.

PS:  the chair was not for me… It was the wickets.