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m0nty

I love Deano, I really do, but he is talking his book here.

Tony Tea

Is that like talking bollocks?

m0nty

Not unless he's got bollocks on his books. Which would be a neat trick, I suppose. Think I read something about Haydos doing that in a Warwick Todd tour diary.

Carrot

Not sure about Jones' remarks - I think the home versus away thing is a mixture of things. The subcontinental conditions DO seem to have got worse - or perhaps "more extreme" is a better way to put it - in recent times, but I think the limited overs approach to scoring has really affected players' ability to score runs, and grind out an innings in less-than-familiar conditions.

Daniel Brettig has it right on Cricinfo when he points out that Test cricket is in deep shit in Australia at the moment. After the last few summers I have never been more worried about the game. Pray for an improved West Indian performance at the MCG.

Call me Patricia

Magnificent breakdown of the logic of Deano, Tones.

He's also a fan of India, whose tyres he rarely misses a chance to suck up... I mean, pump up:

Well played.

Professor Rosseforp

Assuming Muralitharan was a bowler with a questionable action, Cricinfo attests he was "never comfortable in Australia as his returns of 12 wickets at 75 confirms". I'm not sure how his omission would have made things worse for Sri Lanka whilst playing in Australia. Surely they had another bowler with an unquestionable action who might have taken 12 wickets at 74 or 73.

Big Ramifications

Somehow I've remained almost totally ignorant on the musings of Dean Jones, except for on this blog where Tony occasionally mocks his work. I never hear him on the airwaves over here, and whoever he writes for, I ain't reading it.

The way you describe him, Tony, reminds me very much of Perth shock jocks sports journalists like Brad Hardie, Karl Landon, and George Gorilla-shits. Absolute fat heads, and they have me changing the station within 10 minutes of having the misfortune of accidentally tuning in.

// RIP, George Gorilla-shits

Tony Tea

Jones works for 3AW in Melbourne. They, along with a Sydney station (and maybe 6PR?), have been broadcasting the cricket. Jones is there as the popular Victorian cricket identity, so naturally he's the AW jock. His opinions in print have more holes than a colander with extra holes. He's a really dreadful ball-by-ball commentator, but has cultivated a role in India, hence all the sucking up and shilling the BCCI.

Big Ramifications

Gotta say I always loved Deano as a player. His career span closely matched my naïve cricket-mad years [full of mostly disappointment and heartache]. Loved how he went about it, especially in ODIs. He was at the forefront of ushering in a new era of fielding excellence, especially realising its value as an attacking tool.

Same could be said for his ODI batting, ramping it up a notch back when 240 runs was thought to be a reasonably defendable team effort. He showed up the oldskool plodders for what they were. Mark Taylor. *coff* Mark Taylor. His career stats are right up there with the best of them for that era.

My 2 enduring memories of him were firstly, seeing grainy footage of him on the news, having a huge barf out in the middle during the tied Test vs. India in Madras, and in the gutsiest of performances in only his 3rd Test, somehow managing to hang in there and score a double century.

I think that's the first and only time I've seen projectile vomiting on the nightly news.

And the second one is being at this match http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65910.html watching him get his 2nd ODI century in consecutive days.... at an absolutely psychopathic run rate for those cricketing times.

Tony Tea

You don't remember the Great Curtley Wristband Incident?

Tony Tea

I'm pretty sure, but not certain, that that 1987 ODI in Perth is the one where the Pakistan keeper was sledging Aussie battersmen with all manner of blue language, but during a subsequent disciplinary hearing he said through an interpreter that he could not have said all those nasty things because he could not speak English.

Big Ramifications
You don't remember the Great Curtley Wristband Incident?
I don't remember the protagonists, but I remember an incident involving a bowler and a wristband.
Big Ramifications
You don't remember the Great Curtley Wristband Incident?
I don't remember the protagonists, but I remember an incident involving a bowler and a wristband.

2 other personal Deano memories was that he was one of the first [the first?] to wear sunnies while fielding. I thought he was a complete flogger for doing that but it turns out I was the xenophobic flogger for disapproving it

The other was him being the first [one of the first?] to wear black makeup under his eyes during night sessions of ODIs. To this day it remains being a flog move.

// was Mo Matthews the first to leave his hat on when he bowled?
// the under-eye black makeup idea was invented by a fella with the unfortunate surname of Farkas, IIRC.

Big Ramifications

Nope, I just Googled the answer. It was Joe Cocker.

Tony Tea

I wore a pair of sunnies fielding in slips for Karrinyup in 1985/86 and the umpire made my take them off. I was a thwarted trail blazer.

Big Ramifications


I wore a pair of sunnies fielding in slips for Karrinyup in 1985/86 and the umpire made my take them off. I was a thwarted trail blazer.

Thwarted trail blazer. Laughing my ass off.

You should have daubed some black makeup under your eyes during the drinks break. His brain would have exploded.

Big Ramifications

If Martin Love got Alzheimer's would he be the forgotten man of Australian cricket?

Tony Tea

What about Whatsisname?

Big Ramifications

Reason I mentioned that is the first time I heard Michael Lumb mentioned on the BBL yesterday I thought the commentator said Martin Love.

ps: You shot who in the what now?

Professor Rosseforp

Geoff Boycott used to bowl with his cap on.

Tony Tea

Timely. Coincidental. Dean Jones reads the AGB. The Great Curtley Wristband Incident.

Tony Tea
No one talks about Steve Waugh sledging Ambrose in Trinidad on the '95 tour. There is no justice in this world as Waugh got away with it, but I didn't. Curtly and Steve later agreed to a memorabilia deal that included a set of wristbands and made them thousands. I always knew Waugh was smarter than me.

Rubbish. EVERYONE talks about it. Including me. Or is that just Deano calling me "No one"? After all, this post is also on the front page of the AGB.

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