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Aug 22 – From Rain to Runs

Day 2 – Fifth Test The black limo cruised into the hotel driveway at 5am. The Prof and I emerged from the shadows and climbed into the back seats to a steaming breakfast of scrambled free range eggs and bacon rashers set in white napkins and a polished silver service.  A mug of piping cocoa for me and a single ...

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Aug 21 – Runs at Number 3!!

Day 1 – Fifth Test – The Oval “Victory runs with the toss. Call heads,” The Prof said to The Captain, who was in an officious mood.  Chef gets to hold the fake Urn high at The Oval, win, lose or draw.  The Captain won the toss.  His comments to Mark N ( ‘a gladhanding passport ruffian with a C minus ...

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Fifth Test in Tweets – Day 1

Day 1   @InnoBystander: England saw Aussie weaken their batting considerably, laughed and decided to win with just 9 players…. #cricket #ashes #ragingbunsen @17thManDiary: Selectors bolster Aussie batting line up for last #Ashes Test. They now bat down to 4. @mspr1nt: Australia win the toss and elect to have Shane Watson out lbw by lunchtime. @17thManDiary: Paul the Octopus has done ...

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Aug 20 – More Water Please

T minus 1 It’s clear from the team announcement this morning that the Selectors have taken leave of their senses and delegated their responsibilities to Paul the Octopus of World Cup fame.  Good grief. Mr X was prepared for the bad news, having read about his imminent demise at length in every online forum he was silly enough to read on ...

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Aug 19 – Roll of the Dice

T minus 2 The Prof was fairly nervous as the bus approached the Team’s London bolthole late this morning. He was concerned about the whole business of keeping the check-in process as discrete as possible, given that we had booked (and paid for) the Presidential Suite on the top floor, effectively gazzumping The Captain from receiving his customary end-of-tour upgrade. Managing the disbursements from ...

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