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Tony

Klutzy & PC open. SOS in the middle order.

TKYCraig

Wait... What now? There's a game on amongst all this horse-racery?
Oh, I see, perfectly scheduled so as to allow CA hacks (sorry, Group Australia) a junket (sorry, a team meeting) to Melbourne and access to the cup.

Russ

The scheduling of this is a bit strange; yesterday was a public holiday, Monday is a near universal sickie. Even if the cup is a distraction from promoting it (which it was today too), at least people can get to the game.

Sub 10,000 crowd anyone? Or will the local Sri Lankan community make up for local indifference?

Tony

Ok, so I'm back in the office five minutes and Australia lose three wickets have a catch dropped, a stumping missed and a plum LB turned down.

Calling International Rescue!

nick

Smith, Hastings, Hussey and Marsh. I thought Marsh was opening - or is Clarke getting to pick his spot? Can Hastings bat? I don't think we'll get 200.

Tony

I'm sure Richie would approve:

Steve Bernard 30 overs and 4 for 130. Marsh and Hussey rebuilding the innings well, but there is plenty to be done yet. It is vital to bat out 50 overs.

Gotta make sure games go the distance. It is important that the Playing Group and the Management Group are aware of their obligations to the Official Broadcaster.

nick

In response to 'get off Hussey's back' at CricInfo...

The reason we are getting on Hussey's back is that he has been markedly average for two years in Tests - by all means have him in the ODI squad as an experienced old hand to guide the younguns but given we have Clarke, Ponting and Katich in the Test side, all perfomring better than him, he should have made way for younger batsmen - who would then have a chance to star in the Ashes, rather than being set up to fail when Hussey, North and Hauritz bomb out after the first 3 Tests.

Tony

Just got home, just saw the wickets.

Clarke's dismissal was a textbook Clarke dismissal. Pitching just short of a length outside off; feet fixed; low wristy swish; top edge behind.

It's a park slapper's dismissal and should not happen regularly to a Test cricketer.

Tony

How long until DuckyLoo rides to the rescue?

Tony

Dilsh out.

1/10.

Good work, me.

Tony

Nick Jewell: "The Bowling Group setting the tone."

Weellllll, he might not have been speaking with capital letters.

Tony

An all run four and the boundary is in 20 metres. Not something you see too often.

Tony

The Ranga run out by an Uncanny X-Man.

2/19.

Tony

According to this ABC commentator every single Kumar shot is the shot of the day.

Tony

7:18. Time for trivia. Adios companeros.

Russ

Uncanny X-man starts well with the ball. Am watching purely to see the vast banks of empty seats and him bowl, so after two overs am really enjoying the game.

Russ

This is hilarious, by which I mean, if it happened in a test I'd be furious, but while Clarke is captaining it is mostly funny. Mathews can bat, but Malinga plays like a decent golfer drafted into a fourth XI: doesn't ground his bat, runs haphazardly, has no defensive shot to speak of, eye like a dead fish, hits a long ball.

What I don't understand is what the fuck Clarke is doing, he quite clearly has two shots, a bunt defensive shot and a cart over mid-on/mid wicket. Pack the on-side field, bring everyone else in to keep him on strike, make him try and hit yorkers over cover. Hell, even one yorker might be worth a shot.

m0nty

I have missed all of the previous cricket of the Australian summer, with good reason in retrospect. From reading AGB commentary, it has been a dog's shamble.

m0nty

My goodness, 3 to win and Pup puts himself on. Talk about embarrassment.

Russ

Mathews to cart Lemming for six to win...

Russ

No, through the field to a sweeper... when they needed one to tie... work that out.

Russ

Has any experienced international batsman ever looked more like they'd thrown an u/13 out there than Murali when he goes to the crease?

Russ

Another question. Has the members ever been emptier for an international? They get more there at a Shield game.

m0nty

Nine losses in a row at international level. Can we string it to 17 to make it a reverse-Tugger-era record?

Russ

We'd need to lose the Ashes 5-0, but I wouldn't rule it out on tonight's effort.

No sign of an official crowd figure. Too embarrassing? Mark Nicholas reckons 20,000. I don't buy it. The MCG has 50 odd bays = 2000 people a bay, 1000 up top, about 800 down bottom. I reckon 15 were 3/4 full, the rest empty. That's about 9000.

Pat Hannagan

Got home to watch the last, dunno 10 overs?

Complete and utter farking Sh*T!!!!

Johnson - DROPPED. Get rid of him. Now!
Sizzler - You deadset crunting goateed piece of pompous fluff nothin
Watson - big head, show pony, leg side bowling, bag of tripe

Clarke.

I despise the man. Hate is not harsh enough for the feelings I have. I will pray tonight that you get a very bad STD and your dick drops and you never play for Oz again.

That was a complete and utter disgrace. Hang your farking heads in shame.

Except for Smith who only got 3 overs, 3 OVERS!!!! WTF is going on there?!! 3 for 8 runs and he can't get a bowl as they're flogging all our so called quicks all around the ground.

Nah mate, that's wrong. This is just not on. There needs to be a Royal Commission, some sort of inquiry. This is desperate.

Tony

Tell youse sumthink for nuthink. The cricket fans at the pub were not very happy.

TKYCraig

Any Indian bookies in Melbourne this week?
For the Melbourne Cup of course! Not like a team that should win a game but gets beat could ever be accused of being on the fiddle, eh ICC.
Not accusing the Aussies of being on the take, they were just crap. Absolute crap.
Time for Clarke to go!

Tony

We needed Random Rudi to screw a couple of Shree batsmen.

Lou

Carn Russ, the Aussies don't do yorkers and even if they did, they wouldn't.

I thought that game was pretty funny, our bowlers looked gash apart from Doherty and Malinga just stood there cross-bat whacking them all to hell. Mathews is s genuinely good batsman, I get him mashing Johnson and Siddle around, after all, who hasn't?

I'm getting used to them losing. Even when it was 8 down for about 130, I wasn't at all secure and quite rightly as it turned out. They can't clean up the tail to save their souls. Does anyone think they are ALL chokers now and not just Johnson?

Besides as it was Lemming captaining, it was fun.

Lou

One more thing, what exactly has Troy Cooley been doing to earn his money?

Yobbo

Trying to get Australia to switch to Duke balls if he knows what's good for him.

RT

"The match felt like Australia were playing away, because at least three quarters of the small crowd of 19,309 were from Melbourne's Sri Lankan community."

Embarrassing night all round for Oz.

TKYCraig

http://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/north-a-captaincy-bolter-as-clarkes-popularity-wanes-20101103-17e2z.html?autostart=1

The Fairfax press must be kidding!!! Early April Fools Day anyone?

nick

They might be kidding with North - but the fact that something like that has been reported on must mean something. Who are the senior plyers not happy with Clarke? Katich must be one - he doesn't like him too much, Hussey must be another after the Champions league dig...but who else? Does Ponting not like his successor? Does Watto not want a metrosexual man as his leader? Is Studs getting tatt envy?

Maybe we should emulate the Saffas and promote a young tyro to lead the side - I know they've choked over the years, and Gibbs said Smith was too powerful, but on last nights performance, we'd struggle to beat the Banglas (shades of 05 when we lost a meaningless ODI before the 'real' stuff?).

Russ

Clarke is definitely disliked. I suspect there are players who feel they are more tactically astute, mentally tougher and more deserving. They may even be right, but the team wouldn't be served by entrnching them as captain. It might even be worth keeping Ponting on until they've been cleared out.

Thing with Smith is, he is a tough nut, and a good bat. Do we have any young players who could handle the barbs?

White is always an option. He looked really grumpy while Clarke scratched his head like a child lost in the aisles of the supermarket. But he just doesn't seem good enough to bat in the top 6. (Not that he'd do worse than North).

Tony

Someone tweeted that someone on the Back Page on Monday night said Clarke was on the nose. Pity I can't remember who someone and someone were.

Adsy

SEN this morning said Smith hurt his back whilst bowling (not to be confused by Marsh who hurt it while batting). Amazing how two back injuries could occur in such an otherwise spineless display.

Why don't they do what they do in the footy and drop a couple of these prima donna's for a one dayer or two, go back and play for their state and take their medicine.

1. Johnson has never played for WA despite being there for two years. He bowled last night like he needs a good kick up the arse.

2. Siddle is just brainless, ok to just run in and bowl top end line and length but when you got two blokes hitting straight and clean he's money for jam.

3. Clarke couldn't captain his way out of a paper bag at the moment. Poor bowling display but shouldn't have taken off the spinners. He should have probably brought himself on, or even Cameron White for god sake when they called for the batting powerplay instead of smorgasboard Johnson. Call on the tail to make their own pace instead of providing slot balls or half trackers like the quicks dished up.

4. Matthews is a bit of a bat isn't he? Looked clean as a whistle for the most part - loves it short or hitting straight down the ground (see above). Malinga just made us look second rate.

5. Brad Haddin dropped a hard one off Doherty, but thats the game right there. They had a laugh about it at the time when the Shrees were about 8/140, but not now.

Tony

That begs the question: can you get a back injury when you don't have a spine?

David Barry

Adsy, Johnson played his first game for WA in the Shield match the other day.

Adsy

Ah right, thanks DB, just had a look. Good to see he's kicked on with that sort of form! And that Gatorade ad where he looks like a real hero bowling to a bloke with a broken arm on a minefield doesn't endear me to him when he can't even bowl two balls in the same spot anymore.

Lou

Anymore?

Tony

Go hard, go early:

TKYCraig

AUS TEAM v SL: Watson, Haddin, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, White, Smith, Johnson, Hauritz, Siddle, McKay, Doherty (12th).

shep

Selector's full strength team?

Adsy

Pakistani bookies full strength team more like it.

Tony

Looks like full strength, tastes like light.

Adsy

That would be the XXXX Aussies then would'nt it?

Tony

The numbers are unfavourable: batting first in day/night matches at the SCG, Australia have won 45 and lost 13; bowling first, Australia have won 26 and lost 21. Even less favourable with the Shrees currently at 0/50.

Tony

Batting first in day/nighters against the Shrees at the SCG, Australia have won 3 and lost 0; bowling first, Australia have won 5 and lost 2.

Tony

Did not AB get the sack from CricAussie because he wanted to play XXXX Beach Cricket, which conflicted with VB Field Cricket?

Russ

He did indeed. A disgraceful decision that further weakened an abject selection panel.

Loved this: "getting overlooked for the test captaincy for stabbing the incumbent in the back was better in my day"

Tony

WA 3/45.

Broad gets North for 19.

m0nty

It's a bit of a concern that the crowd at both ODIs have been dominated by Sri Lankan supporters. First we don't go to the cricket when we're too dominant, now we won't go when we're cod ordinary. Rather fickle, that.

Russ

m0nty, speaking personally, I didn't go because ODIs are shit (even the good ones).

m0nty

Klutzy drops a rather simple bat pad chance. PICK MACAULAY NOW.

Russ

England, 30 overs for 53 runs with the ball. If they bring that sort of discipline to the tests they'll do very well.

m0nty

TT, check your Gmail please.

m0nty

No surprise that Skull is supporting Ritz for the Ashes during the rain delay. Even to the extent of whiteanting Smith.

m0nty

And while the rain's on, Nine cuts to Antique Roadshow. A commentary on the Australian selector group's policies?

Russ

"Now, I see here Dierdre, you've brought in a collection of cricketers. How did you come by these?"
"I'm not sure how we came by them originally, they've been representing my country for a long time now, although a couple are replacements for pieces I lost"
"I see that; the core of this collection comes from Australia's late dominant era, but with the exception of the Ponting piece they aren't of the truly great period, and the workmanship is much poorer."
"So they aren't worth as much then?"
"Well, if you'd bought them at the time they would have been very expensive, but, these pieces you have here are very worn down, and most of them are almost worthless. Cricketers don't tend to appreciate with time, unfortunately, even ones as old as this."

m0nty

Is there anything more analogous to the decline and senescence of the British empire than Antique Roadshow? Tired, clapped-out old people trying to squeeze the last shilling out of tired, clapped-out relics of yesteryear. And then Terry Wogan to wrap it all up.

m0nty

And now we have Millionaire Hotseat, or whatever it's called these days. According to Crash there are more than half a dozen Aussies earning over a million a year these days just from cricket, so I guess it also fits.

Russ

m0nty I was going to suggest you could live-stream on the CA site, but maybe you can't. Chanced to look upon the corporate logos of the various state associations while I was there though. What is going on?

5 of them have the same lop-sided shield as CA, Queensland is too texty, and defeats the purpose of having a Q shaped ball for a logo, SACA is just god-awful. WACA is okay, if a little big. NSW looks classy. Tasmania looks like the label off a bottle of Cascade, and Cricket Victoria is so lifeless and generic it's too depressing for words. What happened to the badge? The blue? All this money in cricket and they still get piss poor graphic design.

m0nty

What a shocking crowd... again. Sydney crowds are so fickle when it comes to rain. Not that Melbourne's was much better last match. We can't criticise Indian crowds at places like Mohali when we get two locals and a dog (plus 10,000 screaming Lankans) to games at the S&M grounds.

Tony

There is only one way to improve the logos: stick a think yellow line in the middle of the right hand side, like the Ritz fashion snap.

Tony

Be interesting, if a bit depressing, to see a trend graph of Aussie one day crowds since 1979.

m0nty

Now they're showing Two and a Half Men. I guess that's about how many are in the side at the moment: Punter, IPCoS and the good half of Studsy.

Tony

Something good: Tell me this is not at least 3 NBNs better than the McDonald's ad with the grown-ups in the playground.

m0nty

Spanky is giving us a reality check on Aunty, saying Aussie fans shouldn't have long faces because the Lankans are crap away from home and are too reliant on Murali.

Of course, we're about to lose our tenth match in a row if the rain doesn't save us.

m0nty

Spanky's alternative Ashes XI:

Cowan, S. Marsh, Khawaja, Ferguson, White, Smith, Paine, Kresja, Butterworth, Hogan, Siddle.

Tony

Spanky is not exactly narrowing it down to 11 Test players.

m0nty

Ah, now he's swapped Doherty in for Krezja to make it five Tasmanians.

Tony

17 goes into 11 if you are allowed to pick fractional players.

Tony

Is there nothing maths can't do?

Sri Lanka made 3/213 off 41.1 overs.

Australia need to make 244 off 39 overs.

m0nty

Good old Ducky-Loo.

m0nty

Haha, David Morrow just called Malinga "Maralinga". I think we have a new nickname.

Tony

Topical. Morrow's commentary is marooned in 1955.

m0nty

Maralinga's bowling is rather active. Some might say radioactive. Especially if they're on radio.

Tony

Jeez, Mont. Shoe-horned 'em in there.

m0nty

That one went straight through Klutzy like a surprise Ritz turner.

Tony

Klutzy bowled.

1/3.

Would say he was beaten by a straight one, but it was the other way around: Klutzy beat a straight one.

m0nty

Actually, the Lankan bowlers are getting movement in the humid air. We're toast, it's ten in a row if the rain holds off, put your glasses down.

Tony

How long have the Classic Catches been historical curios? I've got a black & white still of Richie snaring a full-length dive C&B.

Tony

Sorry. I completely missed the link between the Classic Catches and Antiques Roadshow.

Tony

Ponting caught pulling.

2/32.

Goose.

Tony

Australia are fighting to avoid the follow on.

m0nty

I am having better fun watching old clips of the Doug Anthony All-Stars on the youtubes.

m0nty

They just played the replay of that shemozzle non-run-out where Pup hit IPCoS's knee from five yards away. And now Pup is playing down off stump line to balls aimed at middle and off, leading to misses and inside edges every shot. We haven't looked this bad as a side since before the Border era.

Tony

Been 'Tubing The Band myself: "dips her doughnut in my tea - Hee! Hee!".

Tony

That missed run out needs preserving in formaldehyde:

Watson to Sangakkara, no run, hilarious scenes! Sangakkara inside edged the attempted cut to Haddin on the bounce, Tharanga set off for the single, Sangakkara sent him back, both batsmen were at one end. Haddin lobbed the ball high and slowly to the bowler's end, it sailed over Watson's head at the stumps and was collected by Clarke behind the bowler. Tharanga was still yards and yards out. Clarke could have ambled to the stumps and taken off the bails. Instead he chose to throw, and Watson was standing right in front of his stumps. The ball hit Watson instead of the stumps and Tharanga gets an unbelievable let off

Since I was at work I missed the incident, so when they showed it just then I couldn't work out what I was looking at, and then once I sussed it, I couldn't believe it.

Tony

They just showed that non-run out again. Clarke shy would have hit the middle stump. But why was he pinging the ball and not darting it to Paper Cut? And why did Klutzy return it with a moon ball. No wonder it rained. Klutzy's throw seeded the clouds.

Tony

PC LB.

3/78.

Very chucky ball from Murry Lee, as Spanky calls him.

Tony

Clarke caught at third man. Top edged a pull.

4/80.

As the rain drifts in, with Australia behind the RR, this game is cooked. Spanky's right - take the power play.

Tony

The umpires are a monty to call the match off at 20.1 overs, one ball past the minimum requirement.

m0nty

Oh no Tony, we're not getting off that easy. This pain has to go on, and on, and on, and on.

TKYCraig

Just heard Braysnore say "Umpires are determined to continue this match despite the rain"... Meaning fulfil obligations to the Broadcast Partner.

Also just saw a super slow replay of Malinga chucking... I mean bowling with a "slinging action" according to the Ch9 pommy git.

Tony

When the telecast came back from the dinner break, I was staggered to hear Mark Nicholas and Tony Grieg condemn the time lost. They were adamant that if rain costs overs, the overs should be made up during the break. Tony: "The ICC must do something about it." He's got a nerve. The whole caper is timed around TV.

TKYCraig

Also 1st time in 5 years I've seen Murali in action. Can't rightly type 'bowl' when that arm is on a BIG angle as it passes his head.


Has it been mentioned on this website before??? That Murali is a chucker?? Anyone?

TKYCraig

Cam White gone... 6/155

Cosmic Psychos... She's a Lost Cause
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyq9pi8QTBw

Not this match... the Summer!

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