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#1401 traveller

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Posted 16 December 2003 - 02:25 PM

:mad:
First time in 23 years!!!!!!
Oh well, maybe we can fix that on the flip flop next year....

I'll have one for you, too Ag;)
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 03:28 PM

Excellent Ag, .. well done to India .. farkin
superb result. Had to make a special visit here
to applaud the skills of me old pals countrymen. :D
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#1403 Agnostic

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Posted 17 December 2003 - 10:50 AM

The Wizard offs Oz :D

There were hardly 20,000 blokes to cheer the Ozzies at Adelaide. 1 billion cricket-crazy Indians cheered for our boys. Parliament was adjourned and everybody from the Prime Minister downwards is busy applauding the team.

Chasing 500+ in the first innings after being down 85 for 4 and then coming back to win is a memory to be cherished. It makes you think that we can win the World Cup in 2007.:)

"....No one thought this victory possible, it has seized everyone by surprise. On Tuesday, as Ganguly listened in on Dravid
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#1404 traveller

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 06:50 PM

Poms and Pakis have some work to do this weekend, eh?:rolleyes:

From Paul Kelly:
Bradman

Sydney, 1926, this is the story of a man
Just a kid in from the sticks, just a kid with a plan
St George took a gamble, played him in first grade
Pretty soon that young man showed them how to flash the blade
And at the age of nineteen he was playing for the State
From Adelaide to Brisbane the runs did not abate
He hit 'em hard, he hit 'em straight

He was more than just a batsman
He was something like a tide
He was more than just one man
He could take on any side
They always came for Bradman 'cause fortune used to hide in the palm of his hand

A team came out from England
Wally Hammond wore his felt hat like a chief
All through the summer of '28, '29 they gave the greencaps no relief
Some reputations came to grief
They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn
And in the hour of greatest slaughter the great avenger is being born
But who then could have seen the shape of things to come
In Bradman's first test he went for eighteen and for one
They dropped him like a gun
Now big Maurice Tate was the trickiest of them all
And a man with a wisecracking habit
But there's one crack that won't stop ringing in his ears
"Hey Whitey, that's my rabbit"
Bradman never forgot it

He was more than just a batsman
He was something like a tide
He was more than just one man
He could take on any side
They always came for Bradman 'cause fortune used to hide in the palm of his hand

England 1930 and the seed burst into flower
All of Jackson's grace failed him, it was Bradman was the power
He murdered them in Yorkshire,he danced for them in Kent
He laughed at them in Leicestershire, Leeds was an event
Three hundred runs he took and rewrote all the books
That really knocked those gents
The critics could not comprehend hsi nonchalant phenomenon
"Why this man is a machine," they said. "Even his friends say he isn't human"
Even friends have to cut something

He was more than just a batsman
He was something like a tide
He was more than just one man
He could take on any side
They always came for Bradman 'cause fortune used to hide in the palm of his hand

Summer 1932 and Captain Douglas had a plan
When Larwood bowled to Bradman it was more than man to man
And staid Adelaide nearly boiled over as rage ruled over sense
When Oldfield hit the ground they nearly jumped the fence
Now Bill Woodill was as fine a man as ever went to wicket
And the bruises on his body that day showed that he could stick it
But to this day he's still quoted and only he could wear it
"There's two teams out there today and only one of them's playing cricket."

He was longer than a memory, bigger than a town
He feet they used to sparkle and he always kept them on the ground
Fathers took their sons who never lost the sound of the roar of the grandstand

Now shadows they grow longer and there's so mush more yet to be told
But we're not getting any younger, so let the part tell the whole
Now the players all wear colours, the circus is in town
I can no longer go down there, down to that sacred ground

He was more than just a batsman
He was something like a tide
He was more than just one man
He could take on any side
They always came for Bradman 'cause fortune used to hide in the palm of his hand
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#1405 Agnostic

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 02:40 PM

Trav,
Thanks mate. I'm cutting and pasting that poem.
52 tests, 29 centuries, average 99.94.
If I am not mistaken, that is. As schoolkids, we knew the Don's stats by heart.
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#1406 Agnostic

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 07:12 AM

195 scored by Sehwag. 25 fours and 5 sixes.
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Posted 26 December 2003 - 11:32 PM

been talking to my mostly inebriated family & frends, but WE WILL PREVAIL!!!!\
(maybe);)
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#1408 Agnostic

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 03:49 AM

India 366 all out.

Australia 1 down for 88. Hayden has just started hittiing sixes.
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#1409 traveller

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 04:06 PM

The fightback begins:D
India better watch the bowling already a heap of extras vs only 15 for Oz.
Waugh yet to come................;)
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#1410 Agnostic

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Posted 28 December 2003 - 05:06 AM

5/480 right now and Ponting going strong on 212. The Waugh is on:cool: I figure the Iceman will declare at 650+.

Looks like India needs Dravid and Laxman to bail them out.

Well played Australia. Now we need to hang on for a draw.;)
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Posted 28 December 2003 - 01:34 PM

Tendulkar is the one who needs to shine, and soon:(
Windies and Pakis taking a thumping, too
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Posted 29 December 2003 - 07:56 PM

Tendulkar is having a devil of a time out there and droped down the order too...those other two though are always causing problems.

Pontings average for this year is 98 point something. Which is amazing. Three double centurys in one calender year.
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#1413 traveller

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Posted 31 December 2003 - 02:30 AM

Ted, last one to do it was the Don.
Ag, are there now 1 billion lamenting??? or do they see the possibility in Sydney? All of Oz and the rest of the world looking to see Waugh do well, (and to see a good showing from Sachin too), that will (hopefully) be one of the greatest showdowns, eh?
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#1414 traveller

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Posted 02 January 2004 - 10:44 AM

Jeez, ozzies better tighten up, here, too many extras this first day. Tendulkar's set for a big one!
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Posted 02 January 2004 - 12:11 PM

:)
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#1416 tedward

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 03:51 PM

Whats going wrong with Australia - even giving India full credit, Australias attack has looked blunt and its not as if the Australian bowlers dont have a lot of tallent (lee the possible exception - he should never spearhead an attack)
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#1417 Agnostic

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 03:26 AM

This is what the guy says:

I am very satisfied

Trav,
You said Tendulkar needed to shine. 240 not out.
Howzatt for shining mate?:D
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#1418 Agnostic

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 06:33 AM

Oz trail by 428 runs with 6 wickets remaining. Kumble snaps up 4. Langer flattered to deceive. He should have hung around. Now it is Waugh out there and he has a billion Indians wanting him to score a double century at least.:cool:
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#1419 traveller

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 01:04 PM

Damn fine innings for Tendulkar. Shows good judgement to recognize a glittcz and then avoid it.:)
Some pretty slack bowling by Oz, tho'.:mad:
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#1420 traveller

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 01:05 PM

Where's a good pub to be in London, Australia day? I'll be in town that week.
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