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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 26

Day 5 – Fourth Test – Delhi Well, it should be Day 5, but it seems like an age since we got rolled and the tour was put out of its misery.  There are a few sore heads around this morning, especially amongst the support staff who were really cutting loose last night at the end of a tense five weeks.  ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 25

Day 4 – Fourth Test – Delhi The Prof and I breakfasted early as usual. The Prof looked considerably refreshed, keen to relate how he managed to rescue his betting empire from ignominious collapse barely 48 hours ago. India was an unbackable favourite last Friday. Things were well under control until the hotel boy the Prof had recruited in Chennai ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 24

Day 3 – Fourth Test – Delhi It’s hard to know whether or not to be relieved that it was all over so quickly.  Even though there were brief glimpses today of how we could have won a consolation Test, each time they were snuffed out by a rampant India – with the ball, and then with the bat. In spite of the on-field heat ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 23

Day 2 – Fourth Test – Delhi The Captain left for the airport early flanked by Darren and Coach and a ministerial entourage of injured masseurs trailing ribbons of antiseptic gauze from bandaged hands and swollen arms. Hollywood called for quiet as he announced a new policy of on-field communication for Day 2 that unleashed a storm of wild approval ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 22

Day 1 – Fourth Test –Delhi The Bob Kater look-alike physios were putting it away at breakfast this morning, and I assumed that meant they’d been up all night working on The Back.  Prof was looking very nervous, and not about whether he was going to be playing today.  Maybe he hasn’t been able to cover an exposure here or ...

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