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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 27

For what was supposed to be a day off, the team meeting was a little tense this morning.  Half way through a lecture about what happened last night, Mr Darcy, wearing tell-tale sunglasses, told Coach he thought “curfew” was a migratory bird.  Not a good move when it’s a certainty that one of the quicks is going to be dropped ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 26th

Day 5 – Chennai – First Test The Reject Club were at the team meeting early, feeling smug and blameless and expecting to see some fireworks. The Captain had been there for the last hour alone with Coach and a few of the management team he still had faith in (exclusing the psycho psychologist Darren). He called us forward with his usual politeness, asking The ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 25

Day 4 – First Test – Chennai It was a long hot day. At the end of it, all the toil and preparations had come to nothing.  I came second last in the Oscars picking competition, which was won as ususal by The Prof.  Damn statistics of his, I don’t know how he does it.  I also think he had ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 24

Day 3 – First Test – Chennai I spent the last part of the evening last night with the other Rejects. The degree of outright contempt Rabbit and Gipper, the outcast spinners, reserve for the selectors is quite incandescent but sobering all the same, not that I supplied anything but a sad face and a sympathetic ear. The team meeting this ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 23

Day 2 – First Test – Chennai The mood was bouyant on the team bus this morning, mostly because of the promise of making a decent total, but also because Darren slept in and missed the bus. Plopper noticed him running through the lobby just as the bus was pulling out into the traffic, but before he could yell out to ...

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