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Diary of the 17th Man

Aug 24 – It’s raining . . .

Day 4 – Fifth Test As an international cricketer, I can attest to the fact that some days go quickly, some days go loooooooong.  A day in the dressing room with a bunch of caged lions with the raining pouring down outside is always going to be on the long side.  The frustrations of the Tour, bottled up for weeks, ...

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Aug 23 – Snailsbury Tails

Day 3 – Fifth Test The hightlight of the day was me appearing on testmatchsofa.  It was all cloak and dagger at this end, as communicating electronically from the dressing room is frowned on at the best of times.  I spent the morning surreptitiously checking the extent of the wifi coverage in the dressing room’s quieter recesses. My investigations proved that the ...

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Aug 22 – From Rain to Runs

Day 2 – Fifth Test The black limo cruised into the hotel driveway at 5am. The Prof and I emerged from the shadows and climbed into the back seats to a steaming breakfast of scrambled free range eggs and bacon rashers set in white napkins and a polished silver service.  A mug of piping cocoa for me and a single ...

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Aug 21 – Runs at Number 3!!

Day 1 – Fifth Test – The Oval “Victory runs with the toss. Call heads,” The Prof said to The Captain, who was in an officious mood.  Chef gets to hold the fake Urn high at The Oval, win, lose or draw.  The Captain won the toss.  His comments to Mark N ( ‘a gladhanding passport ruffian with a C minus ...

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Aug 20 – More Water Please

T minus 1 It’s clear from the team announcement this morning that the Selectors have taken leave of their senses and delegated their responsibilities to Paul the Octopus of World Cup fame.  Good grief. Mr X was prepared for the bad news, having read about his imminent demise at length in every online forum he was silly enough to read on ...

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