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Ashes Diary 3 – No Fifth Day for Old Men

Five Tests, but No Fifth Day Follow the 17th Man – the last player picked in the Australian cricket squad – as he travels around England, chronicling the Ashes tour with his quirky and insightful pen. With the teams locked at one-all after two tests, they travelled to the Midlands – where England blew Australia off the park at Edgbaston ...

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Aug 29 – England team awards

“I don’t know who this is, but please exit this party line” I yelled into the mouthpiece of the Hotel phone. I was mid-conversation with Thea back home. She was not happy. The new sprinkler system we (she) had installed last week was going crazy during the night. Sprinkler heads had been popping up in the front lawn and garden beds all ...

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Aug 28 – An Evening of Team Awards

Raking over the coals of this failed series was never going to be much fun, and our end-of-tour awards night was never going to reach great heights. It was a solemn affair with voluntary retirements (Sir Captain, The Natural and UnLucky) and less-voluntary “won’t get picked again” type retirements (Wicky, Hollywood and Junior Marsh) hanging over the group like a ...

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Aug 26 – Memorabilia, anyone?

Everyone in the camp is still a little forlorn now that the series is over. Despite our big win at the rather pretentious and self-satisfied venue that is The Oval (which is no better than any other oval I’ve played at), the series is lost. At least this three year Ashes feast is over and we can get back to ...

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Aug 25 – Alastair’s press conference

The English press crammed into a small media room at The Oval following the presentations waiting for Alastair and the Boy ‘Baby’ Root. Chef was his dreamy self, a broad jaw full of soft spoken public school honesty and casual manner. Waiting all day to lose a match in order to hoist a crystal urn on an artificial dais can ...

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