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M. Patard

Sorry, Tawney, not Twaney. Got a bit of my Mum's weak bix there.

Carrot the optimist nut

What have we learnt from today? In no particular order, my tennis is dreadful, Mitchell Johnson can bat better than we'd probably like him to, no-one should argue with Pat when it's past the yard-arm, and I am the AGB's optimist nut and purrveyor of the Oxford comma. Brilliant. Gentlemen, take a bow - it's this sort of bizarre, rambling bollocks that makes this blog what it is, and why I love it so much.

Re: Johnson, what happens if he gets a ton tomorrow? It was Mark Nicholas who suggested earlier that Australia could do more from him with the bat. If he can show himself to be a genuine option with the willow as well as a wicket-taker he could cement his place, which increases the chances of hearing "The Mitchell Johnson Song" ringing out from an Ashes venue near you in 2013. It doesn't bear thinking about. At least he has five more matches to bowl himself out of form!

lou

We all know Johnson can bat and bowl (and field, the bastard!) like a dream, it's just that he rarely does.

If he comes to England, I'll be hard to put not to barrack for the Poms.

Carrot the optimist nut

The other potential headache we have with an in-form Mitchell Johnson is that he's a left-armer. If we have Pattinson, Starc and Johnson all taking wickets, do we pick them all? You wouldn't ask that question about three right-armers - should you ask it about left-armers?

Tony Tea

Is Pattinson a left armer?

Carrot the optimist nut

Oh. Crap. I've got that wrong, haven't I? He's one of those weirdos that bowls right-arm and bats left-handed. Is there another left-armer in the Australian set-up somewhere, or have I just gone mad? And the question remains - do you pick left-armers like spinners, or do you just go for whoever is taking wickets?

Tony Tea

Sam Gannon.

@TKYC
Bryce McGain and Boiled Owl McDonald are certainly better than Brett Jeeves.

Second that, but add TBO slightly better than MGGGGain, with rider that it was not easy to focus on the wahless when sanding and painting.

@TKYC

Read above as "totally worthless opinion and pointless comment"

M. Patard

Before bed, I was sent this and I gotta say, it's a totally awesome song. Makes me think about all sort of possibilities. Good album too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxq63cYIY1c&feature=youtu.be

m0nty

Calvin, eh? Yeah, I remember him. Slashing middle order bat for Sussex and England, sent down tricky left arm orthodox when the mood took him. Had a famously long partnership with Jack Hobbes.

m0nty

Also don't worry lads, according to recent tradition, the best bowler gets rested for the next Test. Studsy, cool your heels for Sydney son.

M. Patard

One for you m0nt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTw2YvutJRA

Carrot the optimist nut

I seem to remember something about the resting policy involving young players. This is why Pattinson, Cummins and Starc are more subject to it. I think Adelaide was just an extreme example, given that Hilfenhaus and Siddle bowled themselves into the ground. This might well mean that we'll be stuck with MJ for awhile, but as mentioned previously, he's got five Tests to bowl himself out of form before the Ashes, so all is not lost.

lou

Cummins hasn't been rested yet. Not sure Pattinson has been either. They both break down before they can be 'gutted' all over social networks.

Tony Tea

Gutted? Please. "Absolutely shattered."

Tony Tea

Fuck off, Lyon. Thanks for giving your wicket away, like the other chumps up the order.

Tony Tea

As I have said before, rotation is wholistic. Young players can be rested if they enter the red zones, older players if they are showing signs of niggle, and there are combinations of both. But if players just keep performing (Warne, McGrath, Lillee) they will not be rested, no matter how much work they do. It is probably coincidental that the older players are less rested because they are the ones more likely to bowl tight lines and get wickets. It will be interesting to see what happens with Bird down the track. He has an economical action and a smooth run up; his action is nothing like as injury-likely as, say, Cummins.

Tony Tea

Mitchell Johnson just removed Lyon Nathan from his Christmas card list. Or he un-liked him on Facebook.

M. Patard

Geez, bad luck Johnson. That was great to watch.

Tony Tea

Good signs. Bird looks as bad with the bat as Glenn McGrath.

M. Patard

Wonder why Johnson sprinted off the ground. Probably bolted into the sheds to give Lyon a left right combination.

M. Patard

Good signs. Bird looks as bad with the bat as Glenn McGrath.

He also looks as gutted as McGrath did when he got out.

Carrot the optimist nut

I'm actually a fan of the rotation policy, and I think it makes sense. I'm not a sports scientist, but if the evidence is there that guys get injured more after heavy workloads, particularly when young, then we should listen to it. The fact that we are having so many problems with injuries would seem to support it - it's just bad luck that we've had a few guys go down during matches. As I've already said, it's fantastic that we have so many good young bowlers getting Test experience as well. It stops the problems we used to have before on the rare occasion when McGrath got injured - the 2005 Ashes was a classic example, when we were 1-0 in matches that he played in, and 0-2 in matches that he didn't.

Tony Tea

"I'm actually a fan of the rotation policy, and I think it makes sense." Agree.

M. Patard

Rotation in the lead up to the Ashes makes sense in order to have our best bowlers fully fit and in form. Once the Ashes start though, I'd doubt they'll be rotating anyone. Except for injury.

The Don has risen

good to see the nounsense of yesterday is gone.

Good runnning, reminds me of Darling and Wood

M. Patard

Terrible run out. A run out of Phil Hughes proportions.

Tony Tea

The better Mitchell Johnson plays, the closer he is to playing in England. Be very afraid.

The Don has risen

Seems to me Perth is more likely to be a harbinger (as opposed to a hamburger) of England.

The Don has risen

Looks like they cannot sri the ball

M. Patard

Bloody hell, I wasn't expecting this. 2/1. Better make a quick dash to the shops and get another case of beer. This could be all over by lunch.

Carrot

I think one of the biggest problems we have with it is that we might end up not knowing who our best side is. The other thing is that it's all well and good when we're winning, but if we fall behind in a series it might come back to bite us. Re: the Ashes, I'd like to think that we'll treat that series like we would anything else and keep doing it regardless. I don't like the fact that we've become so Ashes-focussed - our criticism of England not so long ago was that it was the only series they cared about, whereas we gave every series the same amount of focus and preperation, and I don't see any reason to stop doing that now.

The Don has risen

speaking of beer I am usally a Heineken man but I found a kiwi beer called Carter and sells for $30.

I'm laughing

Tony Tea

A three day Test will put pressure on CrookAussie's "innovative pricing strategies".

The Don has risen

wow Sri for Sri

Carrot

Oh God - Don, no. Heineken? It's the Dutch VB. There are so many better Australian beers now. I was really impressed last time I was there how much things had improved locally.

Good lord - ninepins. Bird was getting movement from his first ball - he does look very good it has to be said.

M. Patard

That Bird is looking awful good. Ashes bound.

The Don has risen

My youngest has got me taking him to the nets.

By the time I get back it will be all over.

does Heineken give you dutch courage?

M. Patard

Where did you get it for $30 Don?

Ratebeer reviewer says: "Not what I was expecting, has a bit more to offer than other beers at this price point. Having said that, the edge of diacetyl stands out like dogs bollocks, big fault by the brewers there! "

Not sure I want dog's bollocks with my beer. I drink it to escape that sort of thing.

Tony Tea

3 for 3. Nice looking numbers .

Carrot

I avoid it at all costs. There are about a million better beers in Holland that are available everywhere. Most of them aren't Dutch - the best ones are Belgian or German.

Tony Tea

Heineken give you Dutch ovens.

M. Patard

Aldi now sells alcohol. You can get cheap French and German wines, as well as good German beers.

I'd prefer Pommie beer though, very bitter. Which is good.

Tony Tea

Heineken is like Fosters - everyone thinks the Dutch drink it, but the Dutch would not use it to clean their socks.

Tony Tea

Does one wear socks with clogs?

M. Patard

3/10. This partnership is building into a problem. Hard Core needs to do something soon, otherwise this could be a long 10 minutes.

Tony Tea

Bring on Wade.

M. Patard

Does one wear socks with clogs?

We know you would, regardless of tradition, or taste. We've seen the photos.

Tony Tea

Shhhh!

Tony Tea

And anyway, they were sandals.

M. Patard

Apparently one does wear socks with clogs: http://www.chictopia.com/clogs-socks-qq/clogs-6921/trend/clothes-socks

You should submit your stylish photos, Tones.

M. Patard

Bird bursts through the partnership. 4/13.

Carrot

They do wear clogs with socks. They only really wear them in the countryside, though.

This really will be done by lunchtime if someone doesn't put their head down!

Is Starc even going to get a run in the next Test? It would be horrible to drop/rest Siddle, particularly given that he hasn't had to do much this match, and fatigue can't be cited as a reason.

Tony Tea

"You should submit your stylish photos, Tones." What photos? WHAT photos? THERE ARE NO PHOTOS. Of me in socks and sandals. Not even ONE. Not ONE.

Tony Tea

NOT ONE.

Tony Tea

Nigel Lllllllong performed a rare feat in recent umpiring - he gave it out when the batsman was plumb.

M. Patard

Ha, we have the negatives.

Asio has them on file to turn you at their leisure as the Melbournian Candidate.

They've also got pics of Cambros with his Ranga Affro.

M. Patard

Has it been good bowling or shit batting, or a combination of both?

The Srees look like they're playing in clogs.

Tony Tea

Proper bowling. Nothing spectacular, just tight lines and good areas. Plus, run outs always put cats among the lemmings.

Carrot

I think Mark Taylor is right about the latest edition of Studsy. He hasn't bowled the tripe of previous years in the two Tests that he's played this season. He's been expensive at times, like he was on the first day, but it wasn't because he was bowling village rubbish. It's funny, because he definitely was in the two one-dayers he played in England earlier in the year.

Tony Tea

I will reserve judgement of Studsy until he bowls on a less bouncy wicket against proper batsmen.

m0nty

Studsy: better than a village cricketer. Well sign him up for Old Blighty then!

Summer of Kidding Ourselves II.

Tony Tea

The Indian summer against South Africa was a reality check. The summer proper against Sri Lanka is most definitely the Summer of Kidding Ourselves II.

The Don has risen

The Epping Cellars near the Railway line. Anglican church nearby. ( high church variety as opposed to most that are calvinist!)

you blokes drink what you want.

I still prefer Heineken.

how come they aren't all out yet?

lou

Studsy has spoken about state cricket and how there is no media attention. Everything he has said along those lines sounds to me like he'd be perfectly happy just playing domestic cricket, far happier than playing for Aus. It would make me happy if he mainly played domestic cricket too.

Tony Tea

Paper Cut puts down a borderline sitter for a competent gully like Hussey.

lou

Watson isn't that great in the cordon. Never has been. He isn't agile enough to take screamers and I suspect he has problems with concentration.

lou

Guess there's not much chance of Bird going to England as he'll e depending on fitness issues with other bowlers. A shame though as it looks like he's got good control.

Carrot

Johnson doesn't exactly steam in, does he? You can see why someone suggested that he should shorten his run-up, there doesn't seem much point to it being that long. He's clearly a better bowler with it longer, though.

.... As he smashes Sanga on the glove. Has there been a bowler who has broken as many fingers as Johnson?

lou

He looks better with a longer run-up. I'm not sure if he actually is better, but at least he isn't lumbering in like Igor dragging a leg.

Actually I quite liked his shortened run-up now I think of it.

Carrot

No way - not another one, surely?

I can imagine the conversation that he might have had with Siddle straight afterwards. *Snigger*. "Hurts, don't it mate?"

Tony Tea

"I am going now."

The Don has risen

you do not attempt to hook a ball form outside the off stump that is going to slip!

Tony Tea

Mathews bowled pulling. The pull and hook have been deadly in this Test.

lou

Angelo Matthews is better than he is showing.

Tony Tea

Sri Lanka are in the same place India were this time last year - on a beach somewhere.

Carrot

I remember that story Tone, from one of those anthologies of "humorous" anecdotes that were published in their droves in the late 80's, that the D Generation parodied so well in the Late Show once. I think it was one of Chappelli's offerings. I bought them all when I was about ten - I got a bunch of them once for Christmas. Think I've still got one "by" Merv in a book case somewhere.

The funny thing about Johnson and breaking fingers is that it's not as though he's absolutely lightning. Is it not too much to hope for with modern equipment that a blow from a fast, fast-medium bowler won't break bones?

Tony Tea

Mendis denies he said "I am going now." Well, he would say that.

lou

Got to feel for the Shrees, they have lost three players in one match. I thought Aussie injuries were bad news.

The Don has risen

gee that looked like Lyons was giving a send off. hmmmm

Tony Tea

Seven out, all out.

The Don has risen

Can we get Bangladesh in for the last test?

Tony Tea

The Australian National Selection Panel Group Unit will rotate out days four and five fror the Boxing Day Test.

Carrot

Right. We're onto the player interviews, time to change the station....

M. Patard

Wtf? step away for a bit and it's all over.

A truly pathetic effort from the Sri Lankans.

Russ

We could probably get Bangladesh in for the last two and a half days.

Pretty ordinary from the Lankies, although losing Sanga hurts, they were still terrible with the bat and in the field. Decent performance from Australia, even if the batting threw it away, and the bowlers were largely gifted wickets.

Big Ramifications

Siddle drivel. Even with the pies, Koo is the only bowler this summer who looks like running through a batting line-up.

What about Dermie?

Tony Tea

Who's Dermie?

Tony Tea

I mean, what's he (if he's Dermot) got to do with the cricket?

Big Ramifications

Big Rammer, three quarter time 1988 Essendon vs. Hawthorn just rang, and they want their analogy back.

Big Ramifications

Thanks Big Rammer.

Tony Tea

You mean this: "You'd look to take somebody out, and wilfully take them out, within the rules"?

Andrew Demetriou

I'm not sure which part of "run through a batting line-up" and "run thru the Essendon huddle" Mr Tea doesn't get.

Maybe you should spell it out for him, Big Rammer?

[ps: my wife thinks you're the funniest guy]

Tony Tea

Ohh, right. Bit gnomish for me.

Big Ramifications

That made me laff out loud. I'm guessing you meant Big Rammer = The Gnome.

In terms of dribbling sh!t. "GET TO THE POINT, WILLYA!!!"

lou

Have to drop the MoTM for next match. They need the line and length guys to play around one wild leftie. Only one.

Koo will be absolutely gutterated if he isn't allowed to play again and have another go at the Shree tail.

Or what's left of it after this match.

The Don has risen

I have just mowed the lawn and now am enjoying a beer!!

I think we can play Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on separate days of the Sydanee test. Everyone would expect it to only go SRI days so no worries.

must be Clarke's time for rotation???

m0nty

My Ashes quick rankings:

Siddle - bedrock of the attack, stands up when all others fall away, tireless worker and has a knack of getting wickets from nothing
Starc - our best left armer, late swing is invaluable, capable of inswinging yorkers that can unseat set batsmen and knock over the tail
Bird - looks ready-made with all the toys, hope his body lasts but he's done his apprenticeship and deserves a spot
Hilf - should be an England specialist, though that has been said before about bowlers who fail in Blighty... can go missing for entire series
Pattinson - enormous potential but yet to be seen whether his body can hold up, maybe a rotation from the edge of the squad
Cummins - see above
Johnson - will get carted on the slow pitches of England, as his only weapon under current technique is surprise pace and bounce
Copeland - where is he at?
Hastings - nuh

@tkyc

Sydney Test a dead rubber, just like their 2 BBL teams.

Expecting the same interest level from the public tho... core only

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