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Summer of 2016-17

Nov 20 – Exit, Stage Left

By the time the big announcement of the team for the Third Test came around at 430 this afternoon, all those who needed to know already knew, many of those who didn’t need to know knew as well, while anyone who didn’t know knew that everyone else knew what they didn’t know. The last time a bunch of players were ...

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Nov 18 – Faf’s day in court

“Is the defendant, Faf du Plessis, present?” “Ya, maaartee.” The ICC hearing began. The 20 strong blue-suited Ch9 contingent came in first followed by a couple of thin bespectacled note-takers from the ABC. “You are charged with using sugared saliva to alter the state of the ball under article 42.3 of the ICC Laws of Cricket. How do you plead.” ...

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Nov 17 – Shield magic

“Perhaps a Shield game will quiet the ghosts?” The Captain said nothing. Doubt hung heavily on the corners of his wide mouth. His mood was that combination of brewing frustration and serenity that sets the local wombats scurrying to their burrows. “Maybe. And what of you 17th? Are you a player?” These questions come like rapiers. It’s best to parry ...

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Nov 16 – Second Test – Day 5 – LollyGate

The Prof stuck his head up from behind the seat on the plane just after take-off.  He needed to ask someone specific a question, and there would be very few people who would do. They had to have batted for more than ten minutes in Hobart. “Hey, skip, how many times did you hear of  the fielders say “Eh, Faf, ...

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Nov 15 – Second Test – Day 4 – Embarrassment

The dressing room was not a happy place this afternoon. The Prof tried to cheer things up by handing around a litre bottle of his new aftershave, “The Stench of Success”, but it didn’t go down well. I mean, let’s face it, it does sting a bit and I don’t think he’s got the smell quite right, even if he ...

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