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Australia Vs India 2013

Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 22

Day 1 – First Test – Chennai The Captain called the team talk at the Hotel. Team Management (how many of them are there now?) opened with a few pleasantries until The Captain cocked an eyebrow that sent them all scurrying into the usual early morning hullabaloo in the foyer.  When the big doors eased shut we were by ourselves ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 21

Test Eve.  There’s nothing like it.  The Eleven and the Drinks Waiter are striding around the hotel, looking like they’ve got somewhere to be, something to do. There were signs of hope at the net session today, with the Top 5 looking more comfortable against the spinners.  There was no point in them facing up to the quicks, so the pace barrage got ...

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The Diary of the 17th Man- Feb 20

The 17th Man is emailing his diary entries in until he gets his own blog set up.  Follow him on twitter: @17thmandiary Things are always a little tense on the day the team selection is announced.  Everyone is on edge, even those who are dead certs to make the eleven. The “rotation policy” has made these announcements even more keenly ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 19

The 17th Man is emailing his diary entries in until he gets his own blog set up.  Follow him on twitter: @17thmandiary The Coach came round banging on doors early. Very Rude.  Wicky was asleep his gloved hand all but suffocating him. I tied his ankles to the bedpost, yelled fire and slammed the door.  If I’d thought to film it, I would be a ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Feb 18

We were pleased to get out of today with some dignity intact.  Well, that’s all of us apart from Plopper who ended up locked outside the dressing room in the wan light of the late afternoon wearing nothing but a jock strap and a wry smile.  We’d have had an excuse for not hearing his endless bashing on the door ...

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