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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 18

Day 5 – Third Test – Mohali The match dragged on to the inevitable result, with a slight hint of drama near the end masking the fact that we had managed to throw this one away in under 4 days of play. Coach was encouraging when we came off, saying we fought well at the end.  “Pity about the start and ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 17

Day 4 – Third test – Mohali Coach and Warnie facilitated a  structured ‘6 Thinking Hats’ discussion this morning over breakfast  on the topic “Dismissing the Men in Blue”. The squad split into genome profiles: bats, ball-ers (sub-profile spinners), and Rejects.  Team management sent an apology  – they were at a spin class.  When we finished, the front wall was covered in multi-coloured ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 16

Day 3 – Third Test – Mohali. It’s hard to believe how far you can fall in one day of cricket.  The mood at lunch today was amazing – like we’d just won the Ashes – such was the relief at having made it past 400 on the strength of a couple of notable nineties.  Racking up 400 in the first ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 15

Day 2 – Third Test – Mohali “The forecast is fine. We’ll start on schedule” the Coach concluded. Just do it!” was the command I remember. As the bus trundled to the PCA ground, anxiety smothered me more than the methane cloud from team management, who had formed a gym-tuned flying wedge to batter their way to the front seats.  ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 14 – Part 2

Third Test – Day 1 – Mohali At the ground, the journo’s swamped The Captain and Coach like a pack of wolves.  The marketing team was busy signing autographs. Coach denied any rift between bowlers and batsmen, the Condemned and the others, players and coach, players and The Captain and Coach, The Captain and Coach, players and Lucky, Wicky and Lucky, spinners and quicks, squad and  spinners, ...

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