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Australia Vs India 2013

Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 23

Day 2 – Fourth Test – Delhi The Captain left for the airport early flanked by Darren and Coach and a ministerial entourage of injured masseurs trailing ribbons of antiseptic gauze from bandaged hands and swollen arms. Hollywood called for quiet as he announced a new policy of on-field communication for Day 2 that unleashed a storm of wild approval ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 22

Day 1 – Fourth Test –Delhi The Bob Kater look-alike physios were putting it away at breakfast this morning, and I assumed that meant they’d been up all night working on The Back.  Prof was looking very nervous, and not about whether he was going to be playing today.  Maybe he hasn’t been able to cover an exposure here or ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 21

Test eve – Delhi “Said I one night to a pristine seer (Who knew the secrets of whirling time) “Sir, you well perceive That goodness and faith, Fidelity and love Have all departed from this sorry land Father and son are at each other’s throat; Brother fights brother, Unity and federation are undermined Despite all these ominous signs, Why has ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 20

The phalanx of physios looking after the team has been bolstered by three new arrivals from Australia, who were waiting for us when we arrived in Delhi. The Prof has a theory about why they are dressed up to look like Bob Kater, but he refuses to share it with me. There is a round the clock roster of them working on the Captain’s back – he hasn’t been ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 19

Losing a third test match (or falling just short, again) by six wickets at the end of the 4th day of play, when you score 400 by midday on the 2nd day, is hard to fathom.  I expected harsh words from home this morning and was not disappointed.  Dad accused me of swinging the bat like a fairy’s wand spraying curry dust ...

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