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Carrot

This could get ugly very quickly. At least they're getting them driving, but that's not much of a saving grace so far.

Tony TEA

Burns is a worry. Out of the 7th ball, too.

Carrot

We're in no position to know who's a worry or not, when we're either belting sides at home or getting creamed away. There is no middle ground, it seems!

Carrot

PS - there's a new streaming website for those that are interested: smartcric.com. You don't need a Flash player for it, I'm watching it on my iPad. The picture is much better, too.

m0nty

Jomel (autocorrect suggestion: "Homeless") sounds like Superman's cousin.

Carrot

Huh, 3/121, they would have ripped your arm off at drinks if you'd offered that to them. Maybe this won't be quite as one-sided as you'd think. I'd watch some more but it's 2:30am. See you tomorrow, gents.

Tony Tea

Two wickets to a tame spinner in the first session of a Hobart Test is taking charity too far.

philsgone

Spinner uses green top to maximum advantage.

philsgone

which set of brothers are the worst to have played for Austrlia. Not saying Marsh brothers are, but could they be?

Tony Tea

Aussie cricket families.

Big Ramifications

Adam Voges is the new Don Bradman.

Big Ramifications

But we already knew that.

philsgone

(West) Australia doing it easily

philsgone

or is it (Western)

Big Ramifications

West = the quality newspaper
Western = the state

Tony Tea

Worst = the flies.

Professor Rosseforp

Wurst flies -- http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/05/23/conchita-wurst-eurovision-performance-bearded-woman-video/

philsgone

Apparently, if Voges makes 352 , his average will be 99.94. Ergo the new don.

Bruce

Declare!! After 4 sessions! Why??

m0nty

Shame.

philsgone

so much for the new don. Slap in the face to Voges. We just dont seem to understand these significant scores, they are memorable and should be cherished. What chance for Voges to get 300 in a test. Never again one suspects.
Still there is alwys the MCG....

philsgone

Lippy our new strike bowler

Call me Patricia

Some grist for the AGB mill: Nathan Lyon concedes slump in Australia's fielding standards as Darren Bravo spared

Nathan Lyon says Australia are not living up to their usual high fielding standards as a fifth dropped catch leaves West Indies' batsman Darren Bravo on the cusp of his first century against Australia.

"It's not the Australian standard ... but we're training quite efficiently and working really hard on our skillsets. We just need to keep doing that at training."

Call me Patricia

An insight into why Victoria doesn't produce international Test standard cricketers anymore:

Cricket's new test – the boom from the bottom up

Four years ago Edinburgh Cricket club in Fitzroy had 17 senior and junior teams, this year they have 27. They have always had a senior women's team but for the first time this season they have a girls team in the juniors and expect to have the numbers to field a second one after Christmas.

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The Sanctuary Lakes Cricket Club formed in 2012 with two under-11 cubs teams (the modified rules competition for rookies). The club now has 100 junior players, 14 seniors, 90 kids in Milo and another 60 in T20Blast. They have nine T20 teams making them the biggest Twenty 20 club in Melbourne's west.

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Across Victoria the number of kids registered in MiloT20 Blast is up 73 per cent.

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"She didn't see it as a boys' sport, she just saw it as sport, which I thought was interesting.
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Female participation across the state is up 9 per cent, and as a consequence the Victorian government has committed $10 million to help upgrade sports pavilions to make them more female friendly.

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"The interest among girls is a big reason for the increase in numbers too. We added a junior girls team this year and with social media and word of mouth more girls have come down ,so we expect after Christmas to have a second junior female team.

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"Hopefully next year we will have three or four junior female teams," Shadbolt said.

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"We are influenced by the Muslim culture of some of our players and we understand we have to cater to all of our players, so where in the past you might throw some sausages on the barbie now we are also providing halal meat and chicken.

"It's just common sense."

And there you have it.

On that note I read this neat summary of the Leader of the Free World! which is most apropos the general decline in common sense:

Barrack Obama: thinks Bruce Jenner is a woman and ISIS is not Islamic.

Tim Tam Cranky Pants

Further reasons why Victoria doesn't produce international Test standard cricketers anymore: Dean Jones.

Selecting players is not all about how many runs a batsman makes or wickets a bowler takes. It is also about what they offer to the team.

Peter Handscomb: Avge 37

Travis Head: Avge 30

Tony Tea

Australian catching won't improve until it reads the AGB and discovers the truth about its appalling record of bungles, fumbles and sitters grassed.

Call me Patricia

I'm gunna email Cricket Victoria and suggest they investigate inventing the world's first halal certified and female friendly cricket bat. Gluten free and 100% vegan.

I reckon MadCow, the Fatone, Chips Ahoy! and Madcocks will love the idea. Could be lots of royalties in it for me. Maybe even get a knighthood in the new republic.

m0nty

Summer of Boring Ourselves.

Big Ramifications

What happened?!!

Yesterday I watched a most enjoyable REAR GUARD action starring Dwayne Bravo and Archie Roach. Unbeaten 91 run partnership, 6/207 at stumps.

Flick on the telly this morning and it's 5/40.

Big Ramifications

Nathan "Big Air" Coulter-Nile.

Call me Patricia

Time for the obvious one.

Tony Tea

Whereas I was always 50-50 Beatles / Stones, I was always 100-0 Skyhooks / Sherbet.

Professor Rosseforp

I was 33.3' Beatles / Stones / Who, but I was 50 Skyhooks, 25 Sherbet and 25 Hush. Sherbet was a red-hot live band, Hush was pretty good, and Les Gock on guitar was vastly under-rated, especially by himself. In cricketing terms, he was not quite the new Bradman.

Professor Rosseforp

Big Rammers, we must have stopped watching and started today at about the same time, for we seem to have been "two minds without/with but a single thought". Later on, when the television was reactivated, I thought the Wendies must have been all out -- but no! Another rearguard action, as they were about 8 for 143. Next test they should just reverse the batting lineup.

Tony Tea

If I chucked in other bands I would be 25% Beatles / Stones / Who / Kinks.

Call me Patricia


Whereas I was always 50-50 Beatles / Stones, I was always 100-0 Skyhooks / Sherbet.

You're missing my awesome pun. Daryl Braithwaite -> Kraigg Brathwaite -> Howzat!

Professor Rosseforp

Sorry, Patrick/Patricia! D'oh!!

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