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Aug 5 – I Can’t Stand the Rain

Day 5 – Third Test   Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed Nothin’ seems to fit So I just did me some talkin’ to the sun And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done Sleepin’ on the job Those raindrops are fallin’ on ...

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July 29 – Midnight Manoeuvres

The Captain approved Puff’s simple plan to upset the English and read it to us: “Objective: Infiltrate the English hotel at 12.02. Seal Team 1 enters first on the ground floor, followed by Seal Team 2 from the roof. Extraction: Exit through the back door by 12.20. The Prof, Lucky and Darcy are ST1.  The Freak and you [Ed. Me] ...

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July 22 – A Note from Deep Third

Day 5 – Second Test [The following is the text of a typed note received by The 17th Man, which was deposited in his room in a plain manilla envelope while he was out shopping on what should have been Day 5 of the Second Test.] Greetings from deep withing Team England! The Celebrations after the big win have continued ...

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Oh, Lord’s! The Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 19

Day 2 – Second Test There are times when it’s better not to be in the team, and today was one of them. Coach2.0 had been generous enough after our First Test defeat, but after today’s performance, The Eleven coped both barrels from him in the dressing room at the end of our innings.  Just when I thought it was ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 15

The alarm woke me from a dream this morning. I was batting at No. 11 in the second dig of that last Test, and managed to hit the winning runs.  It was a crisp but unspectacular drive through the covers for two, the sort of shot that leads Bumble to say “OOOoo, luvlee shot, that.”  Oh well, better than having ...

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