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Diary of the 17th Man

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GREETINGS! . . . from the 17th Man from Bermuda, where I have spent a good few days shaping the FIRST (and BEST) account of the Ashes summer in England…… Join the 17th Man as he chronicles the ups, the downs, the foibles and the farce of a long tour, making sense and nonsense of the Punch, the Wigs, the ...

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Aug 31 – The Reckoning

“You are almost institutions in this squad,” Coach2.0 replied as The Prof, The Freak, The Natural and I quit the bar. “Get ready for November.” The Captain nodded. “There is much yet to write,” he said solemnly. We shook hands. The Natural is on his way home tomorrow, business class courtesy of Emirates unless The Prof manages to upgrade him ...

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Aug 29 – England Team Awards

Ring, ring…..ring, ring…..ring,ring “Yes” “Cabinet War Rooms. Operations room” a muffled voice said before the line dropped out. Dad was rereading Sir Vivian Richard’s book ‘Batting with Confidence,’ quoting liberally from the best passages. “I faced the fastest men in the business in a crimson cap,” he yelled to me from the other side of the heated pool. “The tattoo ...

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Aug 27 – Awards Night

The Prof and I breakfasted early. The Freak joined us shortly afterwards and slammed The Telegraph on the table with as much mock annoyance as he could muster. “Even Warnie says  piddling on the pitch crosses the line,” he said. “Stupid is how I would characterise it,” The Prof remarked. “Something exile in South Africa might fix. A tiny chin ...

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Aug 25 – After Midnight . . .

Day 5 – Fifth Test My eyes adored you Though I never laid a hand on you My eyes adored you Like a million miles away From me you couldn’t see How I adored you So close, so close And yet so far away (‘My Eyes Adored You’, Frankie Valli)  The Captain was at his generous and combative best at ...

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