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Jan 7 – Whitewash washed-up

“The sand of the desert is sodden red Red with the wreck of a square that broke; The Gatling’s jammed and the colonel’s dead, And the regiment blind with dust and smoke..” (Vitai Lampada, Sir Henry Newbolt, 1898) “IN BREAKING  NEWS: The  door to the Sibble hotel where England Ashes captain Alastair Cook was staying overnight was blown off its hinges this ...

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Jan 6 – Ashes VE day declared

I write this [Ed. No, The Freak writes this. Ed2. And The Natural.] as the sole fully literate diarist on the team that has a Test batting average unmoved since the Tour to India. Yet I write this in a rehydrating mist of continuous celebration since Sunday. It is like pedalling through a Nantucket fog on a cycling tour – ...

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Jan 5 – Day 3 – Fifth Test

5-nil. 5-nil, 5-nil, 5-nil! What a day!  With UnLucky rattling off another century, and Mr G almost scoring a half century, we racked up 276 just after lunch.  Plopper was again not out with the bat, managing to not have a calculable average for the series. He was a bit dark with The Freak for getting out and leaving him ...

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Jan 4 – Day 2 – Fifth Test

Whenever The Prof and I dared to look away for a millisecond today, something happened.  It was annoying, as really we had lots to do other than watch the team stomp all over England’s last few shreds of dignity.  Don’t get me wrong, after what we had to watch in India and England last year, I could watch Tatts, The ...

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Best of Twitter – Day 3 – Fifth Test

The team is celebrating in the sheds. I have found a quiet corner in Plopper’s locker to get the third day’s test in tweets curated. Sure, there were some funny tweets about how we batted away until we were all out in the face of Borthwick’s dollies.  Plopper says he can spin the ball and serve England well, even in ...

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