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TKYC
"Or should we anticipate more technically inept batting, crucial catches grassed and a chronic inability to bowl sides out twice?"

You forgot 'fundamentally flawed wicket-keeping'.

Tony

I think that was implicit in the "crucial catches grassed" bit.

Tony
Australia XI for Galle:

1 Paper Cut
2 Our Phil
3 Punter
4 Lemming
5 Shameless
6 Ussie Ussie Ussie
7 Klutzy
8 Studsy
9 Terrence Trent Copeland
10 Spearmint
11 Lyon, Nathan
12th man Emu Import

Bruce

I'm predicting 0-0 with both matches impacted heavily by rain.

The Don has risen

you had a lot of galle saying that

Tony

Last time we played a series in Shree at this time of year was 1999. We lost the three Test series 0-1, with the second & third Tests being washed out. Good scheduling, schedulers.

Tony

Donnie, that was appgalling.

Tony

Sri Lanka versus Australia in Sri Lanka.

damiths

We will find out how 'wristy' kahawaja is for an Asian living in Aus. Surely years at Shield Cricket has negated any chance he has of playing spin well.

We are also following the series and this is what we think you lot need to do to win
http://theflyslip.net/?p=1572

Russ

We might be thankful for some rain. Fair to say we were in '92 and '99.

I'm not as negative about this series as I would have been 3 months ago. Before the Ashes we were inconsistent, with a few reasonable results, and some poor ones, but looked useless over the summer because England played so much better. Now it has been shown that England probably are that much better against not just us but everyone, there is no reason we can't match Sri Lanka.

You know what pisses me off about South Africa? They never played the same XI again. Okay, it is basically Boiled who missed out. But they built a team on relatively sound logic that beat the best team in the world (at the time) away from home, and then never played either it or its logical equivalent (3 quicks, defensive medium/all-rounder, batsman/part-time spinner, deep batting).

I'm still not convinced by the selections, but at least with all the uncertainty there is a reasonable chance failure here might bring in change, or success some hope for the coming summer.

TKYC

I would hope there is a bit more to keeping that catching, but yes that is the prime and fundamental skill needed.

The Don has risen

sorry but the Poms are easily the best side around.

Why? bowlers win matches batsman save them.

I cannot see US getting 20 wickets over there. Perhaps once , perhaps twice not but Sri times.

think how good Kahawaja will on a full stomach. He will be eating big Meccas

Tony
Malcolm Conn
Dozens of ground staff now beginning to roll off tyres holding down covers. This will not be a quick process. #delayforsure
Bruce

http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/43495.html

Today looks the pick of the days for weather.

Tony

Today: 70% chance of rain; chance of T-storms

Tomorrow: 50% chance of rain; chance of T-storms

Friday: 40% chance of rain; chance of T-storms

Saturday: 40% chance of rain; chance of T-storms

Sunday: 50% chance of rain; chance of T-storms

Bruce

Does anyone know if there is any radio coverage of this?

The Grandstand channel is just looping their 'no coverage' tape.

TKYC

So, it looks like rain then.

Russ

Watson obviously tucked D/L sheet into his trousers before going out. Rapid start.

Tony

I can't find a stream either.

Tony

Guess I will have to wait for more rain. Boom. Crash. Opera.

Lou

Don't like watching Punter just plonk that front leg down. It looks so clumsy now. Did it always?

Tony

It always did early in his innings.

Tony

Our Phil on his way.

Does "What a pitch! What a beauty this Test could be" imply minefield?

Lou

Tony, heard of crictime?

Tony

I have now, Lou. Eventually got it to work on Opera.

Tony

Tawny is on a massive bung from Tourism Sri Lanka.

Tony

Any chance the Crooky honkers will wait a little while before passing judgement on the pitch? Both teams batted, and all that.

Russ

Fascinating stat about Lemming. His average coming in to bat in the first 30 overs is 34, after that, 60. All out 150 on the cards.

Lou

Greig is such a suck he's probably doing it for free tuktuk rides.

Tony

CLARKE TIME!

Lou

Got away with it. Beginner's luck with skipperhood.

Lou

Jeez, I just read your link to the 'over the rainbow' series.

It made me feel very bad.

It reminded me of a time when I had such hopes of that Mitchell bowlproperlyyoubastard/someonepleasesmackhimaroundthehead Johnson.

Lou

Does that count as Clarke time?

Russ

Drifting closer to the abyss. Incredibly weak batting from 9 down, flaky sloggers at 7 and 8. We are basically two wickets from terrible trouble here.

Lou

Yes.

Tony

Looks like Clarke missed double jeopardy... and now Ponting is out.

Hello, collapso.

Tony

Australia will breathe easily knowing Haddin is in next. Klutzy the Rock.

Lou

Two of the biggest flakes in cricket coming in after Koala.

Nick

Lyon looks to have a great future with Advanced Hair Studio

Tony

Off to trivia. With any luck the T-storms will bail us out.

Hangover Black

2 weeks with an early plea?

Russ

HB, definitely, jumping and high contact, rubbed out for a couple of weeks.

Simon Taufel seems to approve of my no-referral-tech-to-the-middle approach. At least that's what I assume "bench-marking best-practice exercises" means.

Lou

Should we just call Khawaja... Gate?

He does play away from his body an awful lot.

Nick

Khawaja has learnt at the feet of the new Captain...out in Clarke time

m0nty

I missed the first session. Didn't even know it was on.

I see our Best Player Of Spin was comprehensively embarrassed by missing a straight one heading for middle. You can't change the spots on a Lemming.

From reading the descriptions of the dismissal on Croq, seems like IPCOS, Ussie^3 and Our Phil could all blame the pitch, but our leadership group powdered with poor shot selection. Disappointing but not unexpected.

m0nty

Um, missed the first two sessions.

Lou

All that crap from Clarke about a clean slate and where are we? Looking at 5 down for 150 first test match back after the Ashes. It has been good bowling, but Khawaja was lazy in defence and leaves a Haddinesque gap when he plays shots. That was a good ball to get Punter but I see no reason why he was so intent on lofting the ball anyway.

I forgive Clarke for his dismissal as it's always cool to see him get out to a ball that doesn't spin.

I hope Gnomey is enjoying watching the batting.

m0nty

Klutzy nicks his first runs to the boundary between keeper and slip. Hmm.

Russ

Klutz takes a risky four over mid-on. Commentators wet themselves but he wasn't to the pitch and didn't middle it. This isn't a bad score, if we press on, because there seems to be something in the pitch, but I am not sure we can exploit it, and we could be all out in 10 overs time.

m0nty

So much for Blew Boy saying at tea we'd be happy with 250.

m0nty

And of course Klutzy gives short leg catching practice.

m0nty

I predict bad results from Studsy's hard hands.

Russ

Best we can hope from Studs is a series of sixes over mid-wicket. Might need the same from Shameless given what's to come.

Lou

Studsless might as well just reach out and slog. He ain't going to get anywhere trying to be a batsman.

m0nty

I feel like a round of Galle-o Lotto is in order. I say we make 245.

m0nty

Two byes to take the score to 229, of which only three have been extras. Brickworks to a brick that we won't be so frugal with Xavier.

Russ

I'm not entirely impressed with Sri Lanka, or maybe Dilshan: 267

Ah, Studs gone... but I've typed it now.

Russ

If there is the hint of turn Klutz will let through 25 byes by himself. May as well set up a backstop.

Russ

Weird decision not to refer that. Was outside off, might have been missing, two referrals left and no batsmen worth the name in the shed.

Russ

Harris was the first batsman not to make double figures. Disgraceful application? Or a pitch that will get you out eventually?

m0nty

245 and the new ball due. I predict bang-bang, all out for no addition.

Russ

Terrence batting more competently than his record would suggest. Probably should feel aggrieved he was slotted below Spearmint.

Russ

Blewy: "I like the way Hadding played"... FFS, he always plays like that, and it isn't a good thing.

Russ

6 more runs B2; just enough for me to win Galle-o Lotto

Russ

Hooray, the third umpire sweeps me past m0nty for da win!

m0nty

The fix was in. Never got near the rope. Shenanigans!

Russ

Someone on twitter asked about test cap numbers which led me to Wikipedia. I love two things about this page:
1) The random nature of closed of test careers: White, McDonald, North, McKay out; Hauritz, Smith, Doherty, Krejza in.
2) The brilliance of the footnote: "^ Although the ACB allocates caps in alphabetical order where two players make their debut in the same Test, it granted an exception in the case of Michael Slater and Brendon Julian, after Slater had the number 356 tattooed on himself, as he was of the belief he had cap number 356 since he was higher in the batting order in the match."

Russ

Good knock from Shameless. The rest typically terrible. Reckon the Shrees will make 400 at least, unless Copeland surprises.

Lou

Not a bad score considering they were 5 for 150. Shame that Shameless didn't get a ton he deserved it.

Tony

I would consider 273 an excellent score if I could be confident our bowlers could, ahem, get the job done.

Russ

It still makes The List though.

Tony

True. Get to it, me.

Tony

Oranges & Lemons (cont.)

Opposition	Total	Venue		Date
India		212	Perth		16-Jan-08
West Indies	167	Kingston	22-May-08
West Indies	251	Bridgetown	12-Jun-08
India		268	Mohali		17-Oct-08
India		195	Mohali		17-Oct-08
India		209	Nagpur		06-Nov-08
New Zealand	214	Brisbane	20-Nov-08
New Zealand	268	Brisbane	20-Nov-08
South Africa	247	Melbourne	26-Dec-08
South Africa	207	Johannesburg	26-Feb-09
South Africa	209	Cape Town	19-Mar-09
England		215	Lord's		16-Jul-09
England		263	Birmingham	30-Jul-09
England		160	The Oval	20-Aug-09
West Indies	150	Perth		16-Dec-09
Pakistan	225/8d	Melbourne	26-Dec-09
Pakistan	127	Sydney		03-Jan-10
New Zealand	231	Hamilton	27-Mar-10
Pakistan	253	Lord's		13-Jul-10
Pakistan	88	Leeds		21-Jul-10
India		192	Mohali		01-Oct-10
India		223	Bangalore	09-Oct-10
England		245	Adelaide	03-Dec-10
England		268	Perth		16-Dec-10
England		98	Melbourne	26-Dec-10
England		258	Melbourne	28-Dec-10
England		280	Sydney		03-Jan-11
England		281	Sydney		06-Jan-11
Sri Lanka	273	Galle		31-Aug-11
Tony

That leaves Zimbabwe & Bangladesh and we will have a full set of failures.

Tony

Fortunately we can't fail against ourselves. Or can we?

m0nty

I bet we could come up with a decent Australia A bowling lineup who would skittle our batting in the ones.

Shep

It'd be a classic battle. One batting line-up intent on collapsing v a bowling lineup unable to dismiss a lower order. The immmoveable object versus the irresistable force, in reverse.

Tony

The movable object versus the resistible force.

Bruce

This Copeland kid might have a brain in his head. Did he really just go the 2 card trick with his first 2 balls in test cricket?

Tony

Since we have been calling for Copeland for yonks, and rate him, and reckon he is a gun - yes.

Tony

Or, maybe he is just emulating his senior partner Studsy with full, wide fruit for covers.

Tony

That shot by the Dilsh was utter filth.

Tony

Not convinced that Dilshan was as "unlucky" as Charu claims.

Tony

Give Watto a couple of overs. See what his swingers can do on this sand pit.

Tony

Lyon, Nathan - FIRST BALL!

Tony

Lyon, Nathan is the second Australian to take a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket. On-air Tawny makes it sound like he was all over the first Aussie to take a wicket with his first ball, but off-air Tawny said "Arthur Coningham? Never heard of him." Streaming is the business.

List of bowlers who have taken a wicket with their first ball in international cricket.

Russ

The problem for Lyon is he has probably never played on a pitch that turns anything like this before, so he is guaranteed to give away a lot of runs too. (see Krejza, Jason)

Russ

Noone ever heard of Nilesh Kulkarni ever again either...

Tony

... until now.

m0nty

Arthur Coningham is my new hero. What a moustache. Stick that up yer, Boonie.

Tony

Coningham is gold!

But perhaps his most famous moments came in 1900 when he conducted his own (unsuccessful) defence in a divorce case when he accused Cardinal Moran, head of the Australian Catholic Church, of adultery with his wife. The trial and retrial enthralled the public, and although Coningham lost, Moran was guilty. Coningham's wife subsequently admitted that the couple's third child was Moran's. The couple emigrated to New Zealand where Coningham worked as a book salesman until being sentenced to six months in prison for fraudulent conversion. In 1912 his wife divorced him after he committed adultery in a beach shed. He returned to Australia and died in a mental institution. His son, Sir Arthur Coningham, was a World War Onew flying ace and went on to become an Air Marshall.
m0nty

Copeland is bowling with an eyebrow stud, what in the name of Kippax? I can't see Coningham ever rocking that sort of gear.

Tony

I will be just a little bit peeved if Klutzy misses another chance which bounces millimetres in front of his glove.

Bruce

Lyon has increased his first class wicket total by 7% with a single delivery.

When was the last time a test bowler did that?

m0nty

Paranavitara sounds like the name of a Korean car. Just sayin'.

m0nty

Fvck me, we actually got a run out! Saints preserve us!

Tony

Terrence Trent pulls off a run out! These Aussies, they never miss!

3/44.

On your waya, Jaya.

m0nty

Mahalo, Mahela.

m0nty

Good call by Croq: "what an absolute waste of a big wicket". Yes, yes it was.

Tony

Is Watson batting?

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