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TONY: And don't forget "Only one side is playing cricket out there."

After that pouty-faced quip, the Indian members of the press corpse gave him a round of applause??? Yes? Issues. Anyone who could applaud that disgraceful episode has issues.

There were no winners.

… except… in a roundabout way… and with the benefit of hindsight… the supporters of the non-clappers were probably winners because they didn’t clap and say: “Yaaaay! We are in the right just check out our awesome quotes!”

“And watch us behave like belligerent two year olds for the rest of the series!”

/The Princess Bride poison chalice scene

Ankit Mishra

i think it was a wager between rauf and benson...

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Whatever the rights and wrongs of that test, what the hell is Dave Richardson on about.

He has stated that Benson returned to the UK for "a combination of health and pressure problems" he also said "Coping with a very pressured job proved too much for him."

After that he claimed the sole reason for Benson's departure was health. Slightly contradicting remarks in my opinion.

He then also added that it's up to Benson if he wants continue as an elite umpire. What!!

You can walk out during a test match and still keep your job. What is going on at the ICC? Is there such a shortage of umpires that they are prepared to rely on Benson again?

Personaly I think the referrels system is a load of crap and should be scrapped, so for that reason I have some limited sympathy for Benson and umpires as a whole as I believe they are being shafted by the ICC.

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I , naturally, agree with Darryl Hair.

Get rid of the stupid referral system.

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OK, I'm going to officially stop banging on about that disgraceful press conference. Never again. Promise.

I can see bubbling to the surface some interesting possibilities and hilarious consequences regarding egos.

*There are a limited number of referrals.
*Just about every West Indian given out has held his ground and waited for a referral [I haven't watched every ball of the series] and on at least one occasion I'm aware of they ran out of referrals.
*Can't wait for the day when some fat head wastes a referral and costs his team dearly.

NOTE: This is not a dig at the Windies. The Australian team has a number of fat heads. It's just the Windies were the first team that got me thinking about such a scenario.


There's nothing wrong with banging on about that disgraceful press conference. It demands banging on about.


I liked the way that Kumble got stuck into Clarke for not walking when he was caught at slip. Ishant Sharma did exactly the same thing, but presumably that was okay.

Another favourite from the tribunal after that test - Sachin Tendulkar gave one story to the first tribunal. When he wasn't believed he left the building and texted the BCCI to cancel the tour. At the second tribunal he then gave a completely different story. So, I'm guessing that at least at one of the tribunals the correct story wasn't told. Is there a penalty for lying to an ICC tribunal?

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Hewy a few facts to consider.

Both teams agreed to take the word of the fieldsman if a catch was taken.Clarke didn't and started it all with a catch that wasn't close.

The Judge brought in to address these issues found several people not to be good witnesses. Tendulkar was not one of them. Several Australians were.

Tendulkar was on to what the Aussies wanted to do and warned the turbanator about their motives.
This is why I do not believe the turbanator said what some Aussies thought they heard.
The Aussies were ready to hear a certain word and reacted very very quick when they thought they heard it although most could not have possibly heard it.

No team came out of this well but Asutralia looked very thuggish.


Re the catch : One can't take the moral highground and then do the same thing. They are mutually exclusive.

A good witness is not one who changes their testimony between hearings.

And in case you missed it... the turbanator did say it. That was the finding of the tribunal. Except that whilst we consider it one word, the argument was he inserted an tiny space between the two syllables which changed the phrase from racist to just abuse. He was charged with abuse, found guilty, but due to the BCCI giving the judge an incorrect version of his prior record, no penalty was given.

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A good witness is not one who changes their testimony between hearings.

Yeah. Who was the judge? Judge Peter Farking Roebuck? Tendulkar was lying thru his teeth. Shame India, shame.

Also, appeal to authority much? An ICC appointed judge decreed it to be so. Ha!


Everyone knows Rollerboy said "monkey" - even those who say he didn't - and he could have saved everyone a headache if he'd owned it.

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At four trial matches in a row some people came along and for an hour while I was batting they were constantly at me. 'Go home, white boy, you're no good. You couldn't make it there, so why are you here?' I thought it was pretty good sledging, actually."


That, folks, should be your reaction to racial abuse. Of course it takes a bloody Australian to show the way! ;)


Sorry Biggie but Nash is no Ozzie, note even a Queenssslander.

From just before your quote: "I think some ­people thought that I had come over here because I thought the cricket was weak, that I had come here to save them. We Jamaicans are a proud people."

See, he's Jamaican Mon! (even I know the patois as you can see by my thoroughly Windian articulation) Seven months in his mothers womb made him the proud rasta he is today. I'm sure he sings to the boys every day "Want you to know i'm a rainbow too, So, to the rescue here i am".

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Bah! You win this round.

Great article, wot? It's probably buried up there in the recent 400+ posts, but I only found out he was born in Western Australia less than an hour ago.

Big Rammer's mum

He was born less than an hour ago?

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Haha good one, mum.


I bet Nash The Slash never even seen The Harder They Come.

One of the great reggae songs: Johnny Too Bad.


Another of the great reggae songs: Country Roads.

"Yeah, listen"


The best reggae song? Time Tough.



Funky Kingston.

The horns seal the deal.


Does Message To You Rudy count? That drum intro gets me every time.


Keep on throwing them, they've got the boys in the comms room here rocking.

btw love The Specials. I did that message Message to Rudy on your blog sometime earlier this year I think, when Rudy made one of his regular howlers. Someone else (I think it was you) posted The Clash's "Rudie Can't Fail".

In that vein here's one I like. The original Clash film clip on Youtube had one of the most unrelated, idiotic, enraged, spite filled tooing and frowing series of comments ever. Someone must have taken it down so this will have to do. Though looking now the hate seems to have started all over again. Something about this song polarises people. Love it.


I was thinking of The Clash the other day when I mentioned Black Maria: Guns of Brixton.

"When they kick at your front door"


Song for Monty: The Right Profile.

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What the hell does she say at the end? Sounds like "I guess you'd like jeans with two."

Mena is hot btw, very hot.

Too bad that movie hit all the leftist cliche'd notes. Who would've guessed the strict disciplinarian ex army dad would end up being a repressed gaylord? Never saw it coming.

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Wow. Good call x 3.


I've tried googling the quote but I can't find it. Any ideas on what she says or is that irrelevant? I get the feeling I may be missing something here? I probably am as sharp as a bowling ball.


Ahh, I worked it out. "I should probably go see what Jane's up to." H'mmm probably irrelevant to your thrust. I'll withdraw now.


>> Everyone knows Rollerboy said "monkey" - even those who say he didn't

Of course. Now that Tony has proved it via his compelling argument from personal incredulity, let's all move on.

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