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Test in Tweets, Part I – SAvAUS – Third Test – Cape Town

It is rare for a test to get to the last 6 overs on day 5. This Test had it all – Smith announcing his retirement on day 3, a dead pitch, 1200 runs, batting collapses, wolf howling, stupid sledging, the DRS ‘thumb of God’, shattered bowlers, badged batsmen, a buggered knee and more DOT BALLS than anyone thought possible, not to mention the ...

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Mar 6 – Sunrise on Devil’s Peak

Whilst the team (including Members of the Reject Club who think they almost played but didn’t) is still heavy with celebration, tucked up in the Cape’s starched bed sheets, The Prof and I sat above it all on the steps of the Rhodes monument on Devil’s Peak drenched in the early morning sun. Below us, Newlands stood bare stripped of ...

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Mar 5 – Day 5 – Third Test

We got to sing the team song today! At some points in the day, it didn’t look like we were going to make it.  Overs passed by, few runs were scored, and the tension mounted.  Just when all seemed lost, a wicket would fall and fan into flame the burning desire to add the South Africans to English in our ...

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Mar 4 – Day 4 – Third Test

There was a steely determination the eyes of the team as we left the hotel this morning. We were in a position to press for a win, but today was the day that we had to actually press for the win. Puff again let rip with a near run a ball 100, and that about summed up the day.  There ...

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Mar 3 – Day 3 – Third Test

Puff waved to us paper in hand from the esplanade, like a truant schoolboy with a lucky test result. He made a beeline towards us between a line of coloured towels and drying bathers plastered with sand from his upturned heels. He was yelling something. “It sounds like The Captain has retired”, Hollywood suggested. “No. No. THEIR captain has retired. ...

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