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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – May 30

I woke when The Prof’s Mickey Mouse alarm bounced off the bedside table.  His mother had packed it at the last minute, along with a heavily thumbed boyhood anthology of Oscar Wilde and an old photo he had shown me earlier dated 1949 of his great uncle standing next to Dudley Folland and his newly imported British racing green 166 ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – May 27

Those of us who were “asked” to go to Headingly today to watch Day 4 of the England-NZ Test were unsure whether we had won or lost the toss.  Jet lag made it hard to get started, but when we found out that Darren (Team Psychologist) was not invited, we cheered up a little. Talk en-route was all about how ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – May 26

I had an early breakfast with Mum and Dad at The Works, Dad’s favourite weekend cafe opposite the graphic designer and the upstairs Yoga Palace in the forecourt on Furneaux Street.  He ordered ‘The Full English’, to complement Mum’s more austere sourdough toast, condiments and a deep coffee.  I bunched my napkin in the middle to catch the shower of stray ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – May 22

The briefing for the travel arrangements early in the week was mind numbing. With some players doing Ashes only, some Champions Trophy only, some Australia A only, some Champions trophy and Ashes, and some others Australia A and Ashes, getting on the right plane at the right time will be no easy task. Who knows who’s playing in the ODI series ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – May 16

SpotGate Ever since SpotGate broke yesterday, the phone has been running hot.  It’s a cruel joke that players and journalists are ringing me to ask if I know anything about spot fixing in the IPL.  For the record, I GOT PASSED IN AT THE AUCTION!  I’m not bitter, it’s just that I’m not there.  One of the journalists was trying it on ...

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