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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 13

Day 4 – First Test “Oft expectation fails, and most oft there Where most it promises; and oft it hits Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits.” (All’s Well That Ends Well) Coach closed the team meeting quickly this morning. He said there was nothing to say that had not been said before, nothing of value that remained unsaid, ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 12

Day 3 – First Test Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown; Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own. (Hamlet, 3.2.208), Player King Coach was unusually reflective in the sheds after stumps. Blood oozed from his bandaged hands. His knee was encased in ice. He was a picture of peaceful profundity. ...

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The Captain

The Captain (No5): The consummate cricket professional. Leads from the front “power of one”, Type-A. Loves winning Tests. Footwork like a dancer. Tweeter. Theme song: World Leader Pretend – REM

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The Kid

The Kid – (Spinner and Batsman)  A Tour bolter, having come into the Squad late under the watchful eye of Coach2.0.  Handy left arm orthodox bowler with batting records to burn. Young and carefree, he’s the baby of the side unless he’s got the bat in his hand – then he’s a leader among men. Theme song: Kids in America ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 11

Day 2 – First Test At the end of a day that will not go down as the team’s best, there was nothing but smiles in the dressing room after play.  The Kid may not have taken a bag of wickets yet, but his batting set the world on fire. The score was eye catching, but perhaps it was the manner ...

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