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Nick

Faf du Smarshis

Patard

Sean Marsh you're a dead set fucking champion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnMiXsRtsfc

Patard


Faf du Smarshis

LOL fucking lol

Tony Tea
Ashwin to Marsh, FOUR, lovely shot to get to fifty. This is a huge innings for Australia. Marsh repays all the faith shown in him. Down the wicket to drive this between mid-off and cover. Even Kohli applauds.

Deep down I always suspected E-Kohli is a ripper bloke. True dinks.

Nick

Ashwin to Marsh, FOUR, lovely shot to get to fifty. This is a huge innings for Australia. Marsh repays all the faith shown in him. Down the wicket to drive this between mid-off and cover. Even Kohli applauds...with his sore shoulder.

Crooky
2017

Carrot

Oh OK. Now we get the last fifteen.

Patard

Deep down I always suspected E-Kohli is a ripper bloke. True dinks.

It's oh so quiet, shusssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEC4nZ-yga8

Theme song and theme for tomorrow's papers

Nick

Virat - 46 runs this series
MMarsh - 48 runs this series

Patard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=​btFfXgUdIzY

Start spreading the news, Oz drew today, down Ranchi way


Oz, I love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Patard

Smarsh and Handscombe...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkgOumIrSY8

Nick

10 overs left...bring em home Maxi

Nick

Thirty-eight minutes to go. Even if Australia were to declare now, India would need 37 in 28 minutes or eight overs

It's like T20 doesn't exist

Tony Tea

Channel Nine would be demanding a declaration. In the pursuit of entertaining cricket, of course. Nothing to do with jazzing it up for the telecast.

Nick

This is just monumental from Australia. The last time a visiting team batted out a draw in India after falling behind in the first innings was way back in 2010-11

Hold on. The umpires are now talking to Maxwell. There was an unpleasant chat between him and Kohli last over

If Kohli was Aussie he'd be un-Australian

Tony Tea

If Kohli was Australia, the screams for him to behave would be deafening.

Nick

Ashwin to Maxwell, OUT, and India have got Maxwell. He quietly walks off. The carrom ball gets him. Again it's not because he hasn't picked it, but because it hasn't turned as much as expected. Maxwell bat-pads it to silly point
GJ Maxwell c Vijay b Ashwin 2 (15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 13.33

Graham Kennedy FAAARK

Patard

There's a breathless hush in the Close to-night —
Ten to make and the match to win —
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play, and the last man in.
And it's not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
But his Captain's hand on his shoulder smote —
"Play up! play up! and play the game!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f2g4RMfhS0

Tony Tea

Australia needs to get its time management right. Don't want to have to bat more than 5 overs in 17 minutes.

Nick

Wild chirping on Crookinfo

Nick

I bet these proud Pathan/Sikh warriors are chirping with Shakespearian eloquence

Carrot

Call it, Kohli! Fuck's sake! What a dickhead.

Patard

Nick is on-song!

Carrot

Oh my God, we are STILL out there. I thought I hated him, now I REALLY hate him.

Tony Tea

A month ago I bet India did not expect they would have to win the 4th Test to regain the BorG.

Nick

Well spank me dead - can't believe we drew that!

Patard

4.23pm Three minutes before the Australian declaration, Kohli offers Australia the draw, and they accept it

Ssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

via collins

Yep, that's a very, very, very good call T.

I find the longer this cracking good series goes, the more I like the Indians too.

They are ferocious when it counts, but good-humoured off the ball too. And the Australians are growing farking brilliantly too/ So many highlights to choose from. Handsome!!!!

Cannot believe we are now going to a ground that looks like it resides in heaven to play a decider.

You bloody beauty!

Patard

Greatest effort by an Oz team in my lifetime.

Fuck you Warney!

Carrot

On the strength of that, we can say with some confidence that we are a better side than England. Hurrah.

Hope we find a way to give E-Kohli HEAPS in the next match. I don't know why we don't just laugh at him. Take the piss. Yawn when he speaks. Have a bit of a giggle. Particularly when we're batting, not the other way around. The world needs to see that he's just a complete dickhead, and that he shouldn't be taken seriously. I bet he would completely lose his shit.

Patard

42 wheels bearing down on Mumbai again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZiu81Ozx3A

Patard

Tones, you owe way more on your next Test intro, probably an apology would be a good start.

Tony Tea

Who did what in the where now?

Patard

You know what you did.

Apologise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-jVOHQLRF0

Patard

All who publicly diminished Oz must henceforth repent.

Patard

Just joking Tones, but ya gotta say something positive about Oz in your next lede for Oz sake.

This series has been epic breaking out of all stereotype.

Tony Tea

I don't do fate tempting too well.

Patard

It's human to put all on the line and hold out hope for love of kith, kin and nation.

Philsgone

Mr Smith has put some steel in this mob. They fought for him, their country and each other. That was a great performance, and one we didnt expect. I doffs me lid to this team.
Now for the clincher. Hang on, we are in for a bumpy ride.

via collins

Agree with Pat in his entirety that this series has broken cliches, turned mantra on their head, re-written the odd cliche.

It's unlookawayable from.

But Tony apologising? Nah,wrong blog son. Been on this journey too long, no apologies, no compromises!

Big Ramifications

Carrot, Philsgone, are you guys slightly irked that Smarsh probably did just enough in the 2nd innings to save his bacon, featuring in a 124 run partnership with Handscomb to save the Test? From what I can glean from your comments this series, you aren't exactly his biggest fans....

Reminds me of Kepler Wessels in 1985. I sorta liked him as an opener, but I wasn't a huge fan, and I thought it was time for him to go after the 1st home Test vs. the West Indies, having averaged 8.33 in his previous 10 innings. I reckon he was lucky to be retained for the 2nd Test.... He scored a globe in the 1st innings to make absolutely certain he was on his LAST chance.... Then top scored with 61 in the 2nd innings - barely enough to hold his spot, but history says it was enough.

He repaid the SELECTORS' FAITH, by the way, scoring 431 @86.2 in the remaining 3 Tests of the series, including 3 big 50s [98, 90, and 70] and 173 in the final match.

Going into the 3rd Test vs. India, Smarsh's previous 10 innings weren't as bad as Wessels' [he had scored 553 runs @ 55.3] but his 4 innings series average was 22.75, so it's probably safe to say the Test just gone was also his last chance.

Carrot

I've been defending Marsh for the most part in this thread, Rammers. I really don't understand all of the hate that he gets. I've said it before as well, he's been treated as shabbily by the selectors as anyone in recent years, and yet his brother has been given free ride after free ride for doing absolutely f-all, although hopefully we're done with that, now.

There are a couple of things I like about Quaggy. A couple of them are pretty stupid, but I'll list them anyway. I met his Dad once when I was a kid. He was an absolute top bloke, and didn't mind being badgered by a cricket-mad 12 year-old. I know Swampy and Quaggy are two separate people, but that's by-the-by. He's also Western Australian, as am I, so that counts for something. Most of all, though - he scores important runs. He's one of those guys with a relatively modest record that really gutses it out when the chips are down. To a point, anyone can smash a quick hundred on a flat deck when the bowlers are tired (Dave Warner, I'm looking at you), but a player that can do what Quaggy did yesterday is a really important asset. The tyranny of that, of course, is that despite what metric CA might profess to be judging their players on, I'm sure he'll get dropped at some point soon for someone more fashionable.

There might be something in the always-on-the-verge-of-getting-dropped thing, by the way. Maybe every side needs someone that's playing for their career more often than not. Paul Collingwood springs to mind. And Justin Langer, before he started opening.

Big Ramifications

I've been defending Marsh for the most part in this thread, Rammers.

Sorry dude, probably getting mixed up with your spruiking of Big Show over his brother. Did a cursory CTRL+F of "Smarsh" in the 2nd Test thread [you made 1 related comment I think] then DOVE RIGHT IN. Publish and be damned, and awl dat.

Besmirched your good name in the process. I'm a pest.

Big Rammer's mum

Either way, Carrot, how about my boy's solid platinum Kepler Wessels analogy? He is an anally oriented analogiser.

Tony Tea

Not his best work, sizzlemum.

Carrot

Ha ha, no probs - being a pest is what this blog is all about!

Kepler was a bit before my time, but as analogies go I'm sure it's platinum gold. I was trying to think of a more recent player - there are guys out there that only seem to score difficult runs, and never easy runs. That's what happened to Steve Waugh towards the end of his career; because we were so dynamite at the time we didn't need his backs-to-the-wall stuff and he lost his purpose a bit. Laxman? Chanderpaul, maybe? But those guys can lay claim to being genuinely great players, which is not something you'd be prepared to describe Quaggy as. There are definitely players out there that were just a bit "meh" for a lot of the time, but when an unwinnable, undrawable situation came along, they were just nailed to the crease.

Bob

Bevan was doing that when I was a tot and just starting to watch cricket. Or so it seems to my memory. He was wearing coloured pyjamas though.

Johnny Upton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R27Ya955FMc

Philsgone

SMarsh is like Graeme Wood. another WA resident who always managed to score a ton when his time was up. He annoyed the crap out of me. The "Asian" stats dont lie though. SMarsh should be in the team when the plane heads that way.

Patard

I was channeling Randy Marsh with my request that Tones apologise.

Maybe I should apologise to Smarsh?!

No way. Because he hit his high and now it's time for two failed innings as normal viewing returns in the 4th Test.

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