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Ashes 2015

Aug 23 – Fifth Test – Day 4

The Prof reappeared today fresh from his time away… in Greece. When I picked him up outside the airport in his Rolls, he greeted me like a long lost sibling, flicked me a cheap statuette he picked up from a street merchant in Athens, and jumped straight into the back seat. I was left, with the help of two bystanders, ...

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Aug 22 – Fifth Test – Day 3

It’s been a few weeks since it seemed realistic to wake up on Day 3 of a Test and think we can win it and get on with the team song,. then finally accept Chef’s invitation for a beer. I guess someone will have to have a shandy with The Boy Root – surely he’s still underage? I’m not sure where ...

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Aug 21 – Fifth Test – Day 2

There was still some work to do when we showed up to bat, but it got done. Trapper was back to his old self, bagging  a lovely ton, while Mr Darcy let his long levers do the talking with some lusty hitting for a well made 50 odd. Two hundred stacked onto the total in short order – a good ...

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Aug 20 – Fifth Test – Day 1

The Prof left early from Heathrow on a special assignment Coach2.0 sanctioned as a small reward for his part so he said “using a magician’s legerdemain to pluck our reputation from a bottomless pit.” Reports that The Oval pitch would be a green top proved to be nothing but an elaborate hoax when we arrived at the ground to hear ...

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Aug 19 – Test eve – green, green, green

Non… rien de rien Non je ne regrette rien Ni le bien… qu’on m’a fait Ni le mal, tout ça m’est bien égale… (Edith Piaf) “A fucking green top!” Coach2.0 mumbled to himself as we trudged onto The Oval for the first practice session of the day. We all had a look at the green monster. The bowlers salivated, thinking ...

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