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m0nty

I like George Bailey. I hope he becomes the new Shameless. Son of Cricket, perhaps.

The Mongrel

Do we have a nickname for Gorgeous George?

That could be one of course, although I do like Beetle Bailey from the comic strip.

Bailey Bridge. Bailey ladders. Bailey's Irish Cream. The Old Bailey. So many to choose from.

lou

I like George too. We could call him Wonderful Life.

Clarence

Dear George,

Remember - no man is a failure who has friends making runs and taking wickets.

Tony Tea

Gideon Haigh on the inspiration for my inspiration (in case you missed it, click the link in the post up top - if you have the stomach for it):

Cricket as a backdrop: it's an adman's party and I'll cry if I want to

This last month it's been hard to miss the Cricket Australia's advertising campaign promoting the Commonwealth Bank Series, which began last night in Melbourne, as "Summer's Biggest Dress-Up Party". To quote from CA's own press release, it "captures the notion that the Commonwealth Bank Series is like one big summer house party" with "people wearing colourful costumes from all walks of life".

The Mongrel

I originally linked to this ad under another thread.

Note that no actual cricket is shown in the advertisement.

Tony Tea

You did? Sorry, must have missed it. You mean the Youtube of the ad itself or the CA press release?

The Mongrel

In the comments for the Bellerive Test.

See link here http://aftergrogblog.blogs.com/cricket/2012/12/first-test-bellerive.html?cid=6a00d8341cb34453ef017c34ab2cd0970b#comment-6a00d8341cb34453ef017c34ab2cd0970b

I found the ad on industry website Mumbrella

Tony Tea

Yes, that's the ad. I was just as appalled by the press release (linked to above) in which CA congratulates themselves on the ad in which " GPY&R perfectly captures the energy and excitement of this series". Head, meet table.

Russ

I'd argue it does perfectly capture the energy and excitement of the series. But then...

Russ

I tweeted about this ad too, going to repeat because I can:

Something weirdly appropriate that the odi ads use a break up song with a line 'you're from the 70s but I'm a 90s bitch' #dyingtiredformat
m0nty

Slotty is perfectly cast as a flamenco dancer. Ole, indeed.

Tony Tea

Crisis? Call 999 Haddin.

Nick

Chappelli spruiking Haddin as well...

There could be a case for playing both Wade and Brad Haddin in India, with one of them in the side for his batting. Haddin is a good player of spin bowling and at this stage of his career is better than Wade standing up to the spinners. This is an important consideration as most of Wade's problems during the summer came while standing up to Nathan Lyon, and Australia can't afford to keep giving Indian batsmen second chances.

Tony Tea

So, Crazy Eyes Clint McKay.

Given "not out".

Didn't hit it.

Hint of a gap between bat and ball (to me, anyway).

No Hotty.

No noise.

No Snicko.

No change in ball direction.

No change in ball rotation.

Red light.

OUT!

Explain yourself, Dick Kettleborough.


Bruce

To give the commentators something to talk about for the remainder of this lacklustre fixture.

Bruce

Surely that Patterson kid has had issues with where his feet land before.

Tony Tea

Who's that Patterson kid?

Bruce

When I say Patterson, I mean, of course, Richardson.

Tony Tea

Not Williamson? I confused them yesterday.

Tony Tea

At least the umpires are giving the match a bit of interest. Crazy DRS, a running-on-the-pitch expulsion.

Plus Haddin hammy, Hughes behind the stumps, MJ and Uzzie rotated.

Good times.

Tony Tea

Might be a good idea to track the ODI squads.

Tony Tea

January 10

George Bailey (capt), Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, Clint McKay, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Steve Smith (12th man).
Tony Tea

January 14

Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
m0nty

Moises appears to be treading some barren desert between the A and B sides. You'd think he'd carry drinks in that squad.

The Don has risen

M0nty,

Moises doesn't carry water he divides it!!

Tony Tea

What a load of bull rush.

The Don has risen

Phar(g)hoah!!

m0nty

"Let my people bowl."

The Don has risen

M0nty,

you always walked like an Egyptian

Tony Tea

Talks like one when he has a skinful.

nick

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/current/story/600831.html

Coverdale seems more put out that he's not 'in the know' than having any particular beef about the policy. Aren't journos supposed to know this stuff - to have the 'inside gossip' on players? Coverdale should keep his nose to the ground rather than up in the air.

Tony Tea

January 21

George Bailey, Michael Clarke (capt), Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
Tony Tea

January 25

Squad to face WI in 1st 2 ODIs. Clarke (c), Bailey, Cutting, Doherty, Finch, Henriques, Hughes, Johnson, Maxwell, McKay, Starc, Wade, Warner

— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) January 25, 2013
Tony Tea

David Hussey certainly deserved to get the bullet. Was given a chance to stake his claim, but blew it.

Imaz Gayaz
Gayaz Iskhaki, the great Tatar writer and public figure, wrote in 1902 that "in two hundred years the Tatar nation will probably cease to exist".
I decided to visit Tatarstan after reading a copy of On Delimitation of Jurisdictional Subjects and Mutual Delegation of Authority between the State Bodies of the Russian Federation and the State Bodies of the Republic of Tatarstan that someone gave me.

Tatarstan is gay as.

Hangover Black

They're giving Maxwell an extended run, with little to show for it so far. Nothing on display gives any confidence of Maxwell coming in at 6 or 7 in a Test.

Tony Tea

Due to Maxwell's inability to hit any off-speed bowling, I have nicknamed him "Pedro Cerrano".

Hangover Black

May as well call the whole Test team the Pedros, such is their inability to hit a curve ball.

Bailey would want to make a score soon too. His form line is the same as Hussey's - big score in the first ODI, and averaging 16 @50SR since.

Hangover Black

Hussey has actually outscored Bailey (68 to 65) since the first ODI, and done so at a better SR. And two of his four dismissals have been runouts if that makes any difference.

Not unhappy to see Finch get a go in Hussey's place, though.

Tony Tea

Is the West Indies series still part of Australia's Biggest Dress-up Party?

brendan

Does it warrant it's own post?

Tony Tea

Not if it's the same party.

Tony Tea

It's all about COVs: change of venue syndrome. If you are having a good time at one party, but someone is foolish enough to suggest they know w better party, the second party is invariably a dull rage.

Hangover Black

Were we having a good time at the first party?

Tony Tea

The BEST time ever.

Tony Tea

West Indies won the toss and batted - 6 for 36.

Hangover Black

Not much of a party. Over after the first round of drinks.

Tony Tea

10th quickest "result" ODI in terms of balls bowled.

The Don has risen

the West Indies now have black eyes?

Tony Tea

West Indies top score: Extras 17.

Hangover Black

SOS in to the next ODI squad when the Test players head off to India?

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