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Nov 24 – Third Test – Day 1

Coach2.0 has been out of the limelight so far this summer pondering the high wire of team transitions. Start too early and you end up torching potential like a Salem witch hunt; misread it and you fall 300m from the high wire above Trump Tower. So he red inked the careers of the fallen, ruled a line under the final ...

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Nov 23 – Third Test Eve

Christmas appeared through the big block panelled glass doors in CA’s headquarters with a sheaf of papers in one hand and a switch full of angry intent in the other. She had called an emergency meeting with The Prof and Puff as the Test Players Representatives. I was there to take notes. “Hi Christmas,” Puff began. “I get it. Ha, ...

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Nov 21 – Pink Parts 1 and 2

Pink Part 1 It seems that in the rush to bolster the batting line up [Ed. A rush that didn’t involve calling up the more mature pair of The 17th Man (NSW) or The Prof (QLD)] the selectors conveniently forgot that the new/old Wicky is colour-blind. [Ed. And that he can’t catch.] Cricket fans will remember that one of the ...

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Nov 20 – Exit, Stage Left

By the time the big announcement of the team for the Third Test came around at 430 this afternoon, all those who needed to know already knew, many of those who didn’t need to know knew as well, while anyone who didn’t know knew that everyone else knew what they didn’t know. The last time a bunch of players were ...

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Nov 18 – Faf’s day in court

“Is the defendant, Faf du Plessis, present?” “Ya, maaartee.” The ICC hearing began. The 20 strong blue-suited Ch9 contingent came in first followed by a couple of thin bespectacled note-takers from the ABC. “You are charged with using sugared saliva to alter the state of the ball under article 42.3 of the ICC Laws of Cricket. How do you plead.” ...

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