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Russ

Oh ye of little faith Tony. Warner will blast those kiwi pie chuckers to all parts, Ponting and Clarke will run the field ragged with sharp seconds, the Hussey's will flog Harry Potter out of the attack inside two overs.

Bruce

Another day of sloppy sloppy cricket from the Aussies.

2 headless runouts. 2 soft prods to short cover. 1 headless run down the pitch to chop on. These guys value their wickets at penny a pound.

Russ

I wonder if Tasmania are sick of bowling to Phil Hughes yet. 70 not out he is now, this season he's taken them for 442 runs in 4 innings @ 140.7, 2 100s, 2 50s. Jaques failed twice, Rogers scored 93. I still they'll pick Jaques.

Awful out from Hussey. No worse than anyone else mind you.

Tony T

Russ

In response to Comment 1, can I just say this: you are absolutely spot off.

Bruce

It's the story of the summer.

Russ

Spanky has inked him in.

Been in the car listening on the wahless. Just got home.

Alderman: "Hussey and Haddin are just starting to build a nice platform." Out.

Gnome B.N.: "Hussey has taken the power play. He should just about be able to reach his century here." (True! He said that.) Out.

It's funny how Boynton reacts when Glenn Mitchell DOES HIS!!! thing. "I wish he would stop doing that!"

m0nty

Frankly Tony, I blame you. We were going fine before you started this sub-blog.

Tony Tea

Monty

You have a point.

But in keeping with recent Melbourne tradition all I have to say is "I blame Russ."

Tony Tea

The cricket, the tennis or Rogue Assassin?

Jet Li, Jason Statham. In this full throttle martial arts thriller an FBI agent vows to take revenge on the elusive killer of his partner, but as violence escalates and he faces his enemy, he finds nothing is quite as it seems.

Is Jason Statham now in EVERY action movie?

Tony Tea

Fvck it!

I changed the comment order.

So there.


Tony Tea

McCullum LB second ball of Larry Tait.

A dreadful fvcken decision.

He hit it so hard, if his pads weren't in the way it would have almost gone for six. Almost.

Tony Tea

It's all coming up roses for Straya this summer: SOS just did a hammy.

nick

The injury XI

Jaques
Marsh
.
Clarke (thumb?)
.
Symonds
.
Lee
Clark
McGain
Siddle

Can we fill some more spots before the end of this game?

m0nty

Now there's an idea. Maybe we can reverse the batting order, so Mitch Johnson can open. He's got better technique and stamina that Warner.

m0nty

On the Injury XI, don't forget Watson.

Tony Tea

Watson's the Captain-Coach.

(As long as Chappelli says it's OK.)

m0nty

This is a lot like the Test series. We bat poorly and think we're done. Then it's the Kiwis' turn to bat, and we remember: oh yeah, they're even more shizen than us.

Tony Tea

There's life in the old flightless birds yet. Once we turn to our scrubbers, their scrubbers should be able to milk a few.

This summer we've often looked set to break through, but we've always ended up one wicket short of causing a collapse.

Tony Tea

Completely fvcken sick of the commentators spruiking shit shows they wouldn't come within 22 yards, or a chain, of watching.

Russ

Only a very foolish captain would bowl his scrubbers. If they aren't 7 or 8 down by the 40th over we are gone anyway. Less is we don't get Taylor out real soon now.

I was thinking Mitch'd be a better opener than Warner when he got out. So yes, it is my fault.

Tony Tea

Does Tait qualify as a scrubber?

And, umm.

Does Ponting qualify as a V.F. Captain?

Tony Tea

Who's been putting things in Richie's medicine?

He's hallucinating if he thinks Studsy's caught-and-bowled is "the greatest catch he'll ever take."?

I put it to you, members of the jury, that the one Studsy missed at third-man was a tougher catch.

Russ

Tony, yes, to both.

A good captain would have slip, us needing wickets and all.

Russ

Although to be fair to Tait, he bowled pretty well today.

Tony Tea

Tell ya what!

At normal speed that catch and toss by Hussey off Elliot had a touch of the World Cup Gibbs about it.

m0nty

I wonder if Haddin will call that poor Kiwi back. Could be a teensy little scandal, that dismissal, all made in NSW.

m0nty

Nup. Oh well, at least the commentators caught it. Like Haddin did.

nick

Pretty average bit of keeping that (or a touch of genius?)...surely having your gloves in front of the stumps is a fairly basic wicketkeeping error?

Tony Tea

Bloody hell.

Haddin did what Hoges did in a skit about 30 years ago: knocked the bails off to make it look like the batsman was bowled.

Cheaty? I reckon Haddin had 'an idea what had happened. Just like Greg Dyer against the Flightless Ones all those years ago.

Back then Heals was almost ready to roll, and now it would be a good enough reason to get rid of Klutz Haddin, IF there was a worthy replacement.

Tony Tea

Headline in tomorrow's Otago Opinion: Aussie Underglove Stinks!

m0nty

Ordinary lack of awareness by the umps, has to be said. The squarey should have picked up that something was off.

Tony Tea

Gilly: "These power plays... you just can't predict what will happen."

Yes, you can. Straya will get spanked.

m0nty

Why do we not bowl Tait out early? He's crap in the late game.

Russ

m0nty, ditto for Johnson. Actually, if one applied the lessons of 20/20 you'd be bowling the spinners in the late overs, scrubbers or no.

nick

Interesting from Gilly...'he minded in India'...

Tony Tea

The Kiwis reminded me of Melbourne fans after we beat West Coast in Round 20.

RT

Scrubbers!

Bruce

In other news - the ICC have reinstated the original result of the Pakistani forfeit.
http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/current/story/388625.html

Only about 2 years too late - but positive progress nevertheless.

Tony Tea

Indeed.

A good sign.

Although I wouldn't go this far:

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the decision ensured "the integrity of the game".

I'm just posting about it.

Bruce

Ricky has inserted the sprigs into the gob.

We'll wait and see. If [a replay] does show anything that Brad is in the clear, I'll certainly be letting Daniel know about it. It's probably worth Haddin having a chat to him as well. He's basically had a bit of a crack at Haddin's make-up

I reckon the replay shows that Haddin knew he'd fvcked and looked around to see if anyone had noticed and then stayed with TFOAC's celebrations. So I wonder if Ricky will be acknowledge that Dan is spot on the money with his assessment?

Tony T

Klutz Haddin knew what he was doing alright. But Ponting pretty much has to stick by his keeper, even if he does sound like a goose.

via collins

In the paper The Age this morn, the hapless puffery continues. Ponting repeating ad infinitum, "If the replays show Haddin was in the right, we'll certainly have something to say to Dan."

Centimetres above Rick's soft soap is a series of photos showing Haddin with gloves clearly ahead of stumps.

It's all a bit Monty Python really.

Russ

Ponting is a twit, he should learn from Arsene Wenger: "I trust in the integrity of my players"; "I didn't see this incident"; "We will move on".

Haddin meanwhile is claiming the ball does magic tricks, admitting he had his gloves in front of the stumps, but still claiming the ball rebounded forward and up off the bail first before doing a funky u-turn to land in his gloves. Here it is from side-on:

    
         ====\ .```.
 Gloves->=====\ }   :  <--- Magic Ball (tm) trajectory
               \} ,`
              o.::
  Stumps->   | |  ``..
             | |      ``..
             | |          ``..
Russ

The other thing that is interesting about this, is if Haddin hadn't of had his gloves there, there is a fair chance the ball would have clipped the top of the bail (it is very close). So if the game had of been officiated correctly, we'd be talking about Haddin's continued gross incompetency, costing his side a wicket and a run by putting his gloves too far forward.

Tony T

Both Ponting and Haddin are gooses. Absolutely spot on, Russ: "I trust in the integrity of my players"; "I didn't see this incident"; "We will move on". The media are waiting for the players to buy in. Give 'em nothing.

Speaking of which: "lump of sit".

The thing about Haddin's take is the way he snatched at the ball. No keeper should ever go after the ball like that. Let it come, you klutz.

The Don has risen

What was the square leg Umpire doing when Haddin hit the stumps.

NO wicket-keeper puts his gloves in front of the stumps as it means not out with regard to stumping.

Is Haddin like Laxman in that his batting is not good enough to overcome his fielding/wicket-keeping?

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