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The Ashes Diary 2013


The 17th Man is pleased to announce the release of his two latest books – numbers 4 and 5 in The Diary of the 17th Man series. The first and the funniest books published about the latest Ashes series follow the daily action through the unhinged pen of The 17th Man and his parallel cricketing universe.   “Ashes Diary 2 – ...

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Jan 12 – The Circus Rolls On

The Prof talked me into going to Melbourne to watch the first ODI between England and Australia, and then to stay on to watch some of the Australian Open.  I thought we were supposed to be professional cricketers, but the Big Bash League is dominating proceedings, along with the ODIs, and we’re not playing in either of those omnishambles. On ...

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Jan 9 – England Team Awards

A large envelope arrived at the hotel this morning, just as we were about to scatter around the country to rest, play Second XI games or embarrass ourselves in the BigBash. Inside was a copy of the much-maligned England Team menu planner.  It had been heavily defaced in a familiar black permanent marker – with the names of all the ...

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Jan 8 – An Evening of Team Awards

The celebrations continue apace. Presentations at The Opera House and private receptions in the grounds of harbour-side mansions. Everyone wants their photo with us now that we’re winners. When I say “we”, I mean “them” – The Eleven Ashes Heroes. Long planned was tonight’s End of Tour dinner. At this event, we get to spend one last evening together, reminiscing ...

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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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