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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 11

Day 2 – First Test At the end of a day that will not go down as the team’s best, there was nothing but smiles in the dressing room after play.  The Kid may not have taken a bag of wickets yet, but his batting set the world on fire. The score was eye catching, but perhaps it was the manner ...

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Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jul 6

T minus 4. Well, this is it.  I’m sitting in the same hotel room, tapping away on the iPad, where I’ll be after the first day’s play in a few nights time.  It’s here.  Right here. Everyone was keen to leave Worcester behind. There had been some good times, and some glimpses of what Coach2.0 calls “winning cricket” – but only one ...

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Coach Sacked – Ashes Diary of the 17th Man – Jun 23

Coach was on tenderhooks this morning, and ripped into the Test hopefuls by name in ten minutes of raw power this morning. He was extremely agitated [Ed: Now we know why]. “One [expletive] hundred and bloody eleven,” he said, “AND then a second string side scores 3/164 while Dan Christian (one of us) murders Citizen Kane in broad daylight.” “Who ...

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Diary of the 17th Man – Mar 11

What started out as a regulation team meeting this morning turned into a Quadruple Eviction episode of Big Brother. I don’t think I can repeat what was said, but things were pretty tense after Coach had had his say.  It didn’t help when team pyschologist Darren muttered “You are the weakest link.  Goodbye,” as the four left the room. After the announcement was ...

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