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Carrot

If Mitch Marsh isn't careful, he's going to go the way of Shane Watson in being the most hated man in Australian sport.

..... He'll earn a lot of money though, so maybe it won't faze him that much.

Tony Tea

If Australia aren't careful they will be embarrassed by Pakistan's straight-spin even before they get embarrassed by India's straight spin.

Philsgone

Perhaps if we start calling him iron gloves it will help

Tony Tea

Wade has iron gloves reserved.

Philsgone

and again. lete stary countimg the wickets Wade has costs us. Thats one for Zampa

Big Ramifications

I think that's enough internet for the day, Phil.

Big Ramifications

I figured it out, too. I'm like Alan fricken Turing.

m0nty

Did you give up on your Cat sojourn, Big Ram? Word to the wise from your mum, perhaps?

Big Ramifications

Heh. I should give it another go, m0nty. Seems like a good place for lively debate with people who aren't slogan chanting, shit flinging monkeys.... from what little I saw. Stoked you found me straight away and gave me a 'big ups!'

I stumbled there via a Google search where I was checking the veracity of a claim of a POLICE-ENFORCED TWEET DELETION, found via a comment on a news report regarding the Bourke St Mall rampage [or something like that!].

I can't believe someone from senior brass told a MSM journalist to delete a video** from her Twitter feed! Coz it didn't fit whatever narrative they were wanting to create. I was CERTAIN this couldn't be the case when I first caught a whiff of the rumour.... Surprised that Vic Pol's worrying 1984 Big Brother antics didn't become big news in itself. I guess the enormity of the crime kept it low key.

**A less-than-10-seconds video where a sane looking, sensible sounding, middle aged eyewitness forthrightly and unequivocally says Jimmy Gargasoulas [unidentified at the time] was shouting "Allah Akbar!" moments before he went all Grand Theft Auto down the mall. The tweet-deleting journalist must have been the off-camera interviewer and/or the camera operator.... with the 'Streisand effect' in FULL EFFECT by the time I watched it. Heh.

Erm. Know what I'm on about, right m0nty?

Big Ramifications

Regarding that previous comment:

Change "POLICE-ENFORCED TWEET DELETION" to: "POLICE-ENCOURAGED TWEET DELETION." The way the journo described it, a Victorian police officer explained to her in no uncertain terms that the video needed to disappear, but she stopped well short of saying there was a threat of enforcement being made against her.

Change "sane looking, sensible sounding, middle aged eyewitness" to: "sane looking, adrenaline-enhanced yet sensible sounding, middle aged eyewitness." Bloke was still a bit edgy regarding what he'd just seen. Understandable.

m0nty

You've got to take the word of the sane looking, sensible sounding, middle aged eyewitnesses with a grain of salt. They're the crazy ones.

Big Ramifications
You've got to take the word of the sane looking, sensible sounding, middle aged eyewitnesses with a grain of salt. They're the crazy ones.

If I was a betting man, I'd say that Gargasoulas *DID* shout "Allah Akbar!" a few times, but it was the meth pipe talking and it had *ZERO* to do with a fatwah, or doing the work of Allah, or his love of the Muslim faith, or knowledge of the Koran.

In fact, that was my first thought and only thought on the matter when I discovered Alan Snackbar might have been involved.... And I *STILL* can't believe the cops did what they did regarding the journalist and her video. That's heading south towards 'book burning' form. Aaaand I've just remembered this is a cricket blog.

Carrot

There's nowhere to put this but here, so here goes.

I don't think it'll be 4-0. There's every indication that we're a much better side than last time we were in India. A lot of the side have been there before, and have done well since that tour - Smith being the stand-out example, who was actually picked again for the first time (if that makes sense) in that series. We're also not dealing with things like the shock retirement of Michael Hussey, on-going feuds between Watson and Clarke, question-marks over the coach, and hopefully not catastrophic own-goals like Homeworkgate again, either. We should, in theory, be a better, happier, better-prepared and more experienced side than last time, and I don't quite have the same feeling of impending doom, or even just "meh - we'll lose" like I usually do. It could actually be a decent series, and even if we don't win, we might pull off a surprise or two.

That said, Wade's a real worry keeping in India, and if we let Mitchell Marsh anywhere near 6 again we'll just get destroyed. Why he's being talked about in that position again is just beyond me.

Tony Tea

I'm actually trying to do today's Test post, but the network is playing up.

Big Ramifications

Did you have a quiet chuckle to yourself when you did a test Test post?

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