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Tony

And why am I posting this on the 24th? Why, to celebrate the 1994 "Boxing Day" Test, which started on December 24. There was a rest day on Christmas Day and the match fired up again on Boxing Day. Good scheduling, ya muppets. It was also the 2nd Test, not the 4th.

Tony

McDermott took 8 wickets in that Test while Warne took 9 including a hat-trick. McDermott was man of the match.

TKYC

Vanda & Young!!! classics of the day, masters of Aussie Pop/Rock. Onya Tony! Happy Christmas to you and all at the AGB Mansion, and AGB commenter's .

Nick

Who picks man of the match?

Yobbo

The interesting thing about that test at the MCG is that they picked 2 specialist spinners and only 2 specialist pacemen. Steve Waugh was in the side but didn't bowl, Mark Waugh bowled 3 overs (could have been pace or spin).

McGrath had already made his test debut by then but wasn't playing. Was the MCG pitch a turner back then? I can't remember.

Also, Boonie ran 3 lots of 4-all-run. Wonder how many times he did that in a single innings in his career?

David Barry

We played two specialist spinners in all Tests except Perth that summer - the first three with Warne and May, the 4th with Warne and McIntyre.

As I recall, the thinking at the time was that Warne benefited greatly from May's tight bowling at the other end.

Professor Rosseforp

I had just recommended both of those Vanda Young tracks to some American facebook friends -- coincidence or synchronicity?

Tony

Coinconicity.

Two things: one, James Cameron would have made his Titanic blockbuster even blockbustier (and titanicer) had he used Down Among the Deadman instead of that Celine Dion slop; and two, Harry Vanda is one of my all time favourite Aussie (alright, Dutch then) music characters.

Tony

Harry Vanda used a 1964 Hofner Verithin 1574 with Bigsby tremolo and 511 pickups.

Some of us call it a guitar.

Tony

One would hope there is no repeat of The Oval 2009 "all-pace gamble" which backfired spectacularly when we saw the pitch was a spinner's paradise but still took in four fast bowlers and left Hauritz sitting in the rooms.

Punter Ricky Ponting ready to take all-pace gamble

RICKY Ponting has no fears about the possibility of defying history by playing four fast bowlers and no frontline spinner in the Boxing Day Test.

While a final choice may not be made until the morning of a match which could break the daily attendance record of 90,800, the Australian captain has been emboldened by the stirring performance of his pace quartet in Perth.

If Australia do indeed take the "all-pace gamble" tomorrow and the pitch is spin friendly and we lose all concerned must be forced to resign, but only after they are slammed in stocks so that we can pelt them with vegetables.

The Don has Risen

Yews might be interested in this from possibly the best cricket magazine.

please do NOT select 4 fast bowlers at Melbourne

michael

speaking of music, is Lionel Richie about the place for another burst of pre-match entertainment?

p.s. drop Sidds

The Don has Risen

so Tony is a teacher. This explains everything

Yobbo

4 pace bowlers is just stupid, if for no other reason that they won't all get a bowl.

If they really can't think of a spinner worth picking then they should just pick another batsman. There's no point picking a guy to bowl 10 overs.

The Don has Risen

Michael,

Lionel is busy all night long

The Don has Risen

Now if they has this at the G the place would be humming even for mexicans!hum

Professor Rosseforp

Television news saying how great it is that Ponting's finger will be okay for the test. Given his recent contributions, I would have thought it would be better for Australia if he had been unable to play.

TKYC

It's great that Punter plays only because he does provide a minimum of on field "to the process"-type leadership.
With Clarke as captain, we would have Browns Cows on the field, and a leader without a clue.

If we had a deputy of character (not tattoo'ed with characters), the reins could be safely handed over for a test or two.

Punter's form is shocking, but his old bonce still has value.

Tony

Donnie, I don't think it is news to anyone that I'm a teacher.

Tony

Except my students.

Tony

But then again, I didn't become a teacher to associate with young people.

Tony

Ok, so everyone had a great Christmas? Me, too. I got the Keith Richards biography, a Gideon Haigh book, a purple shirt and a very strong feeling we will not win the Fourth Test.

Professor Rosseforp

When will they relieve Clarke of the vice-captaincy? I remember the good old days when appointment as v.c. was a terminal step in a player's career. Would that it were so now.
Good on you for teaching, Tony. I regularly hold forth with opinions on teachers in various blogs, but I have immense respect for people who teach. I know a lot of teachers and many of them have great organisational skills that they apply in other areas.

Yobbo

I know a lot of teachers and most of them were fucking retards. The few who weren't though, were the ones who made high school bearable.

m0nty

I have had an excellent Christmas in Perth with the folks (who just moved here), which means I have to get up at eight of the imported-English-bird-flatulating morning clock local time to watch the fvcken cricket. This will be a shock to my system like unto the one that the Mayor of Hiroshima got all those merry years ago. Hopefully the English will be batting, and be as drowsy as I will be. (No SGW for the moment, as I do not currently have access to Malfoyband.)

I fear we have not yet seen a Pies innings of consequence in this series, and he's due. Mind you, four of the Australian top six are "due", so maybe the law of averages is not relevant in such a small sample size.

We're down in all KPIs like Hawthorn at half time in the '08 granny, yet somehow we've jagged an even-stevens scoreboard. We need a Stewie Dew performance in the premiership quarter to kick us home.

Professor Rosseforp

Yobbo, I knew a few teachers who fell into the category that you mentioned, too.
What I found interesting, even then, was that many teachers were trained for 2 years in college -- or in the case of ex-servicemen, some quickie course that was shorter. Others seemed to have virtually no training but in a time when full employment was a reality, there was a teacher shortage. Amongst this group, there were as many good and inspirational teachers as there were amongst the current crop of double-degree and/or master's degree teachers. And probably the same number of rucking fetards.

Tony

Coinconicity.

As I fire up the blog this morning and turn on the digital radio wireless, the Coodabeens are talking teachers and have Paul Sheahan, who retired from Test cricket to take up a teaching position and eventually became headmaster of my (not the one I teach at, the one I went to), and Vic Marks, who was a teacher of Latin, Greek and classics.

Tony

After the teaching segment finished and I changed stations from 774 to SEN for the pre-Test cricket show they are talking Sydney to Hobart and I went back to sleep.

Tony

Speaking as a former 'Groper, it used to sh!t me to tears that I would have to get up early on my school holidays to watch Test matches start at 8:00.

It also used to always get right up my hooter that VFL matches (broadcast on ABC 6WF and regionals) would start at 12:00 and finish at about 2:30. On top of that, the VFL match would be pockmarked with horse races and would often be cut short so 6WF could broadcast the WAFL match of the day. The commentators would belatedly interrupt West Perth v. Claremont with "by the way, Melbourne kicked a late goal to get up and beat Footscray by a point".

The Don has Risen

Tony,

I wasn't having a go at you at all indeed quite the opposite.

I do apologise if I caused offence.

Lots of Cricketers have been teachers. tiger O'Reilly and Bill Woodfull being great examples

Tony

No worries, Donnie. I didn't think you were having a pop.

Tony

Bresnan in for Finn?

Tony

England have won the toss and will bowl first. Probably a win for Ponting since he would have batted first.

When is the last time in Australian Tests that a side has been sent in twice in a row?

Yobbo

Unchanged lineup means we are wasting a spot again in this test. Wonder which bowler won't bowl this time?

Tony

In 2006 Flintoff won the toss, batted in overcast and moist conditions, on a greenish pitch, and England were rolled for about 160.

Tony

Yob,

At least we now have made-to-order scapegoats if we lose: the selectors and/or Ponting.

The Don has Risen

I wonder who the original owners of Lords are?

The Saxons?

I can understand sending them in in Perth but not Melbourne.

It could be Strauss is afraid of the Aussie fast bowlers and of course not afraid of our spinners

Tony

Donnie,

Hopefully Strauss has pulled a double-Edgbaston. He is really tempting fate to twice toy with NGASAEB.

Ponting would certainly have batted. But on top of Ponting's reluctance to even consider bowling first, the conditions are no where near bowler-friendly enough to send the other team in.

Having said that, Strauss obviously thinks England can get among the Aussie top order, and on current form he is right.

Would Strauss have sent us in if we had a dangerous spinner?

Tony

What price Watson gets caught driving early? Melbourne balls will not come onto the bat like in Perth.

Tony

Pies, a top slipper, grasses Watson in the first over. Come on, Paper Cut, cash in!

Slips catching in Melbourne is definitely harder than in Perth.

The Don has Risen

this is no greentop.

If it is not a cloudy humid day then sending them in makes no sense.

Collingwood was back too far

Patard

As overwhelmed as I am with the energy exuding out of this gladiatorial stadium I would like it on the record that Australia should remain: a) positive, b) upbeat and c) play their natural game.

I feel that no one has ever truly grasped the necessity of these 3 vital points and, on the other hand, are convinced that the best way to approach the game is to be negative, downbeat and play to the rhythms of an epileptic in mid orgasm.

Thank you Slats, thank you Channel Nine.

Tony

Bill: "the great Paul Collingwood."

Patard

Pies was too negative, downbeat and playing someone else's natural game. He never drops those.

Tony

Pies drops Watto, Hughes takes 10 off Tremmers. That's better than 3 for 2.

Tony

Watson is dropped again. This time KP. A borderline sitter.

Yobbo

Watson dropped again in getting off the mark, this time by Pitersen.

Patard

We have the momentum.

Tony

The way he keeps generating chances Anderson has the momentum, too.

Tony

Tremmers will get a wicket now.

Patard

I sense a change in the momentum.

Tony

Fark! Tremmers does get a wicket now. And right after Tubby said "Australia will be telling themselves that they should just go for their shots since they have the momentum."

Watson, caught KP.

1/15.

Patard

One dropped catch, shame on you. Two dropped catches, shame on me. Third catch caught: wtf was that you fnuckle Watson?!

Nick

Third time unlucky for Watto. We need a Pom SGW - leg side SGW.

Patard

Warne reckons the reason why Wato got out was because he needed to "fire up a little bit more".

Tony

Warnie has the momentum.

Patard

Seeing that Watson was dropped twice and then caught on over 3 ball 2, I would have thought he might, just might, have considered rather than firing up just, you know, leaving the farken thing alone?

Hangover Black

Hope you didn't miss the 730 start Mont. I nearly did.

Tony

"These Poms never miss."

Patard

I can't believe Cook missed the stumps. He never misses those.

The momentum is strong with Hughes.

Tony

"That's three chances England have missed this morning."

Patard

Tawny reckons "it's gonna seam around a lot." I wonder if that's because for the 7 overs so far the ball has been seaming around a lot? Just a guess.

Tony

Tawny's always good for the early mail.

Tony
Jesse Hogan

Australia's 12-run opening stand today easily biggest for team batting first in this Ashes. 1-0 in Bris, 1-0 in Adel, 1-2 in Perth.

Tony

Ponting jumping across the stumps to strangle balls down leg is giving me the whatsits. If he gets out again tickling to Prior I will get mighty shirty.

Patard

I don't care what these commentators say, the Poms are obviously targeting Punter's leg stump.

Tony

And they are targetting his leg stump because he has been jumping across his stumps for a long while now.

Tony

Excuse the cliché: this is mighty fine Test cricket.

Tony

And now Hughes strangles one down leg. Prior gloves a diver. Appeals. Strauss refers. Clearly off the hip.

Patard

Wasted referral.

Tony

That's a burnt referral. Hughes' gloves were too close to the line of his hip for anyone to be certain of an over-rule. Stupid Prior. A batsman has to have his gloves outside the line of his body for a keeper to be be sure a batsman gloved it.

Tony

Hope Bresnan does not do a Richard Ellison. (Look it up, ya plonkers.)

Tony

Last over before drinks.

nick

And that's a wicket in Clarke time.

Patard

Highes never "settles in". In fact, that's his "natural game".

Tony

Fvck, fvck, fvcketty, fvck.

Hughes caught slicing Bresnan to gully... in the last over before drinks.

2/37.

Hughes obviously didn't listen to the experts about driving early at the MCG.

Bresnan is a better bowler than anyone has so far seemed to give him credit for.

Hughes can just fvck off out of the side.

Tony

Got a text: "Drop the cvnt."

Tony

One wicket in the first hour is a win.

Two wickets in the first hour, with one of those wickets off the last ball of the hour, is a loss.

And just the kind of wicket Australia have managed to donate to the opposition since The Era of Collapse started three years ago.

Tony

Ponting caught in slips. Superb ball.

3/37.

Australia in the toilet once again.

Patard

What's another wicket just after the drinks break?

Pup to last till the last ball before Lunch.

Tony

Batting for an hour would be a win for Clarke.

Tony

Hussey, referral.

Tony

Not out.

Jesus H. Technology! How was that going over? Looked plumb in real time.

Tony

Refer that inside edge, Bresnan. Oh that's right, you're out of referrals.

Tony

Hussey should open in place of Hughes, since Hussey is better against the new ball.

Yobbo

Hard to believe that Tremlett was overlooked in favour of Finn for the first 2 tests.

Yobbo

I think it's pretty clear that he's not only better than Finn, but Broad as well.

Tony

Clarke unfurls his trademark waft... top edges a four.

Tony

I mentioned during the England v. Australia A match that Finn must be fvcken good if he is better than Tremlett, who bowled superbly in Hobart. He's not. Tremlett sh!ts all over Finn.

Nick

That Vodafone ad with Ponting batting blindfolded looks slightly prophetic. Why would you mozz yourself like that?

Tony

Would it be impolite of me to raise the testy issue of the MCC members enclosure? Once again there are lots of empty seats, while the general admission area is all-but full.

As an MCC member currently sitting at home on his arse, I rarely go to Boxing Day because it is full of Hooray Henries getting on the piss. And there are not enough replays. And it's harder to go to the toilet. And the food costs a fortune. And it is basically sh!t.

Hey, how about that. I was thinking of strolling over after lunch, but I talked myself out of that madness.

Yobbo

"Hussey should open in place of Hughes, since Hussey is better against the new ball."

I agree, and Ponting should go to 6, and play Smith at 8 in place of the extra unnecessary pace bowler.

Fuck Hughes and Clarke off and we have a good start, fill spots 4-5 with new blokes and/or Katich.

Yobbo

err, 3-5.

Nick

What price Australias 'best player of spin' gives Chinny his first wicket....just before lunch.

Tony

It's not called Clarke time for nothing.

Yobbo

Oh dear, I think we just lost the ashes.

Tony

That is the third time today I have killed an Aussie batsman within a minute of a mozz.

Hussey caught behind off Hussey.

4/58.

We are filth.

Nick

1 gets 6 more methinks.

Big Ramifications

The gun rookie.

Lou

He had to fail eventually. There's time for another wicket before lunch too.

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