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The Ashes Diary 2013

Dec 27 – Day 2 – Fourth Test

We waved the lads out onto the field at the start of play, with Coach2.0 issuing strict instructions to clean up the last four wickets before lunch.  We’d have been happy to have them out there and out of our hair until tea, but I guess there is a dead rubber to win and a Number 1 Test ranking to claim. [Ed. ...

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Dec 26 – Day 1 – Fourth Test

The Captain agreed. He said he would win the toss and bat on a pitch smoother than a bowl of yellow jelly and chock a block with runs. The Captain won the toss and signalled to the dressing-room. “What did he say?” “We’re batting and bowling,” Sarah said looking at Coach2.0 who was massaging his head. “What?” “Bowling.” “He said ...

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Dec 25 – It’s Christmas!

Christmas Day! Sunny in Melbourne. Our nephews and nieces collared us early to rip open presents: cricket and Lego for the boys (and a signed copy of the 17th Man’s collected works) and bangles, books, stationery, and music boxes for the nieces. I bought Dad a collection of Viv Richards and Ian Botham’s greatest innings. He looked at them, at ...

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Dec 24 – The Trouble with Granny

The whole town is still abuzz with the aftermath of the unexpected departure of Swanny from the beleaguered England team. We’ll miss the humour and his rapier wit, but the lefties [Ed. The openers are the only ones to survive the Great Leftie Purge] are all sleeping easier now that they don’t have to worry about his arm ball. In ...

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Dec 23 – Under Seige

The England team have been engulfed in the Swanny controversy, with rumours abounding that the team is about to impode, explode or disappear up their own basksides. I guess there is a sequence of those three things that could be interesting to watch. As a result, the whole England team is in lock down. We haven’t heard anything from Deep ...

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