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M. Patard

Tendulkar too hey.

Gonna have to trial it out.

On the Hussey front, I reckon he's been great and looked at him as a rock that would shore up an innings, very much like Steve Waugh.

Hughes, I hope he gets things going as he's enjoyable to watch.

M. Patard

Not out! Another close call on a run out.

Carrot

Mornin' everyone. Didn't drop by yesterday because I went to the races with an old Kiwi flatmate from London and his mates. Family day at Otaki racecourse - wahey! Good for a laugh.

I'm in NZ because it's where my Mum lives. She did a PHd in mens' mental health. She is of the view that womens' health is disproportionally covered and represented in the community, despite recent progress in depression and prostate cancer. To that end, she reckons that all of this Jane McGrath stuff is a bit of a missed trick - what better way to raise awareness of a mens' health issue or two than at the cricket?

Which is not to say that the Jane McGrath thing isn't a good cause and all that stuff, but - y'know.

M. Patard

Well said Carrot, was just thinking something similar, though you expressed it much more nicely than I would have.

The Jane McGrath Foundation has turned into the new Salvos. Pestering you at all occasions, loading you up with guilt for what feels like a shakedown. They do do good work though.

The Don has risen

Carrot,

Can I as the token Calvinist here, tell you that gambling is sin!!!

Carrot

A quote from my afore-mentioned mother - "there are much more pressing issues in Australian health than breast cancer. Mens' health in every domain being one of them".

To be fair, McGrath didn't exactly choose what his wife would die from. If a cricketer or someone high profile connected to the game had died of something that only men get, we might be having a completely different conversation - although again, my mother begs to differ on this point because she thinks that people are much more likely to get on board women's charities then men's.

It all belongs in the just sayin' category, anyway.

Carrot

Hah - I'm not such a fan of it myself, Don. And the wowser in me thinks that Family Days with bouncy castles and Wiggles lookalikes are just a blatant and cynical attempt to get 'em in young so they can lose money later on. It was fun, though - and I did manage to choke down a Heineken, just for you! :-)

M. Patard

Can I as the token Calvinist here, tell you that gambling is sin!!!

That's the funny thing about Calvinists. Gambling is sin, but usury is a blessing.

A blessing for some, a curse for most.

Tony Tea

"Posted this earlier but it didn't show up." There is a limit on how long comments can be on Typepad. Don't know what that limit is, but 700+ words probably exceed the word count. Lots of blogs have a 500 word limit.

M. Patard

I suspect that at the race track one may come across, yeah gods, the untermenschen!

At least with credit card debt, mortgages and the like, one may keep the hoi polloi, at a distance, for lifetime, on a leash.

When they complain about the slave like weight, just tell them if they didn't gamble, smoke, or drink then they'd be like the sainted ones, the elect, in heaven living off the interest of others.

M. Patard

There is a limit on how long comments can be on Typepad.

I thought there might be a limit on talking crap. But, then, most of my comments show up.

The Don has risen

No usury is a sin as well. Usury is remarkably hard to define speaking as some-one who has worked a lot in banking.

most examples of usury I have seen neglect it include the risk premium in their calculations.

money lenders are a god example though.

Carrot

Siddle is smashing them. Classic example of what Pat was saying earlier on about Johnson - if you let a player bat like a tail-ender instead of trying to get him to think like a batsman, he'll probably play with more freedom and score more runs. You don't make someone a batsman by just saying "ok, you're at number seven now".

M. Patard

No usury is a sin as well.

Not according to Calvin himself, nor especially those that followed him.

The Don has risen

I think we need to talk about quantum physics now, chaos theory????

The Don has risen

read what I said.

There is nothing wrong with charging interest on a loan but usury is verboten!

The Mongrel

Now that Starc has come and gone I can visit my favourite nickname for him: The General.

Named for General Stark, who coined the New Hampshire State motto:
Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.

Appropriate for the way Starc played his innings.

Carrot

I always get the feeling that Lyon thinks he's a better batsman than he actually is. If he went out there not trying to play like a batsman (see above), he might be of more use.

.... As he creams a ball through the covers. He'll probably play a high-elbow, technically correct fifty, now.

M. Patard

It doesn't abide with me, Don.

M. Patard

Well, with regard that, I believe that string theory has recently been discredited as nonsensical, non-science, pure fantasy.

Tony Tea

"I thought there might be a limit on talking crap."

This is a blog where talking crap is encouraged.

Tony Tea

There will be no shortage of goats to scape if (when?) Australia lose this Test. Big headed chumps.

M. Patard

Maybe we can make Wade the all-rounder. I mean, he did look pretty good in his spell the other day.

Tony Tea

The General. Like it. General Koo.

Tony Tea

"Swing free, or get out."

M. Patard

Well done Wade, good on ya!

Wish I was there to see it.

M. Patard

Ah, geez, that's gotta hurt dropping that.

The Mongrel

Why the hell would you declare at 9 down early on the third day with a lead of only 100 or so and having to bat last?

The Mongrel

And no rain forecast.

M. Patard

Hard Core is always Hard. Core.

That's why.

Tony Tea

Worst declaration of, like, ever. As Russ says, Clarke is just showing off now - declaring because he can.

M. Patard

Maybe it's all these undue declarations that are causing the bowlers to break down so much.

Tony Tea

Mad.

@tkyc

Ton by wade should erase the "Bring back Haddin" crowd.

Carrot, I think it's good that the McGrath foundation gets prime coverage off men's sport. There is enough interest to generate funds. If limited to men's sport raising money for men's health, then women would lose-out.

M. Patard

A great album to listen to with today's play.

tkyc, wymin have enough focus, these days, which I believe was Carrot's mum's point. It's a worthy cause, for sure, but men and the younger gen especially could do with some focus.

I'm not bringing my boys up as wymin's issues cannon fodder.

Carrot

It should also erase the "Bring in Paine" crowd to a point as well, given that he has one first class ton in his entire career. Including today's, his second Test century, Wade has six.

Women's charities and women's health interests are funded and given proportionally much more support in the broader community than men's. There's no way that breast cancer, which has been on the world's frontal lobe for a long time now, would "lose out" on account of Jane McGrath Day being Lance Armstrong's Left Bollock Day (poor choice of person given recent events, but I can't think of anyone else just off the top of my head). Furthermore, men are still very poor at seeking help when they're in trouble with anything psychological or medical - men go to the doctor less, seek out support structures less and there are less of them anyway, which all provided the basis of my mother's PHd. Having a male issue take a bit of the limelight on a day like this would help combat that.

This comment comes with the usual disclaimer of "the Jane McGrath Foundation does good work" and "just sayin'".

M. Patard

poor choice of person given recent events, but I can't think of anyone else just off the top of my head

Tommy Raudonikis Foundation sounds good to me.

Tony Tea

Last year I went through the process of a positive PSA. I had no reason to suspect I had prostate cancer - no family history, no dietary pointers, no hip pain, pissing properly - but the process from the blood test to the all clear took about a month:

GP
Blood test
High PSA
GP
Confirmation blood test
Higher PSA
Urologist
Biopsy
All clear

The thing is, you naturally magnify the situation and tend to dwell on the worst. What's more, you keep reading and hearing about people who have died of prostate cancer.

Hey, this is not a bad film, I wonder what happened to Gary Cooper, Wikipedia, shit, he died of prostate. That happened about five times with different famous people in the month long process. Like pregnant women noticing things about pregnancy, trams all coming at the same time and red cars always moving in threes, you notice prostate cancer everywhere.

As a side note. A mate of mine was called up by the doctor and told he needed to come in to discuss a positive PSA. My mate said he had recently had the all-clear. This went back and forth a few times until the doctor said "you are Joe Blogs of Mordialloc, aren't you?" To which my mate replied "No, Joe Blogs of Richmond."

Tony Tea

At what point do we start shitting ourselves that the Shree lead is too large to chase down? On a spin-friendly pitch our current batting line-up would struggle to chase down anything over 150, and could conceivably fall over chasing anything in three figures. Bizarre charity declaration.

M. Patard

Hey, this is not a bad film, I wonder what happened to Gary Cooper, Wikipedia, shit, he died of prostate. That happened about five times with different famous people in the month long process. Like pregnant women noticing things about pregnancy, trams all coming at the same time and red cars always moving in threes, you notice prostate cancer everywhere.

Tones, this is the most eloquently poetical I have ever read from you. Beautiful.

Having had a few mental issues in the past, in the past, you can dwell on some things too much, and some others not enough.

M. Patard

With that six of Karunaratne, I can only say, you couldn't have picked a worse day to declare, Hard Core. It's so hot that I can only imagine what it must be like out there for our bowlers.

@tkyc

Yeah, well nobody watches womens sport, so they are stuffed going that route.

Tony Tea

Worst. Declaration. Ever.

Tony Tea

Nothing like a voted-on nickname for King Lame. Where are B.I.G. Bird, Basement Jacks, Brother Chucker?

M. Patard

One for our inexplicably break-downing bowlers, after Hard Core declares with the midday heat hitting in.

If the batsmen did their bit, and took the brunt of the day's energy sapping, mind warping, blistering solar bursts that sucks the moisture out of vegetation, leaving it curled and burnt, bruised for days, then there would be no need to declare.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6sdDp5Vgjk

M. Patard

It's time for the vego to shine. He'll be burned out by the end of this, but, he won't break down.

But maybe a few others will.


Idiot. Clarke.

Russ

Hey! I am watching women's sport right now. Maybe I should have brought a prostate awareness banner.

Interesting that CA always claim that they need the bbl to bring in girls and families. But the women's crowd is almost all that demographic. Not a big crowd mind you. Maybe 50.

M. Patard

A note for Hard Core's captaincy:

“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.”
― George S. Patton Jr.

M. Patard

Fuck! the Lankas are throwing it away.


Again.

M. Patard

Clarke should declare with full intent of making the oppositions procession just a ceremony, to our Victory.

Hail, Victory!

M. Patard

The goal here, is to make the opposition, lonesome tonight.

I don't think he has the killer in him.

They will kill us, if he doesn't have it in him to kill them.

Hangover Black

Brother Chucker?

Is Aaron brother of Jackson? I tried looking it up the other day but found nothing confirming or denying sibling status?

Tony Tea

You know something? Now that you mention it, I don't know. I guess I just assumed he was. I'm sure I have heard the mentioned as brothers, but I never bothered to check.

M. Patard

4/177 is a great effort from our bowlers.

But, never forget, run out withstanding, this was a cunt of a declaration from Clarke, that betrayed our undoing, when we come across better opponents.

Hail, victory, my friends.

(No one gives a shit about hailing victory now that we are all sensitive to pink scarves.)

M. Patard

btw, one of my cats never returned from this summer's heat. the dog almost died from a paralysis tick.

Yet...we've turned into a faggot nation that revere's pink scraves, feeling good about how good we are, and being untroubled by the death we bring from above.

Support, caught in slip, 5 for.

They won't fold as easily once Gillard and co have their way.

Tony Tea

No!! The Shrees are going to blow my diligently researched, peer reviewed prediction that Australia would lose. So much for my positive mindset, wherein I extract the negatives.

M. Patard

No amount of english sarcasm will save us here Tones.

This Test says to me, we're fucked.

Russ

Wade still standing too far back. Two catches taken on bootlaces. Bill correctly noting Wade short armed ugly shot of Jayawardene's.

Tony Tea

Cow Corner Warner is a terrific fieldsman. He needs an appropriate spontaneous poll-voted nickname, Vodaphone.

Tony Tea

Wade's a hopeless keeper. Bring him on a both ends!

M. Patard

I vote "let me out". And tell my boy and all his friends that, I couldn't give a fuck about wymins and their menopausal cunts, nor could I care for their faggot brethren in the fairfax press, and they should load themselves up with ammunition, shoot, practice, prepare.

When the run comes I want all these Hitlerjugend to defend me and my genes, fuck you, fuck all the rest.

First song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HeGu6-Ji7E

Via collns

Fair to assume that Pat has found the comforts of heavy beer and backyard seating to his liking! I was wondering who that reflective gentle soul that attended the SCG yesterday was!
As a Fairfax-reading softie, I do find the pink business overplayed to vomit-inducing levels.
Afternoon beer here in Melbourne is Mountain Goat off tap. A beer that makes Koo look threatening with that steepling style with old ball.
Hard-core's declaration made to look good by Lankans. WTF???

Tony Tea

Time to rotate Pat.

M. Patard

Ha, well said boys. I'm well on my way, so much so I've even followed youtube onto Fleetwood Mac. Thw Wyimins have gone, and taken my boys with them.

Sweating it out here, waiting for Monday.

I should say, I have a trip to germany in late January and am really looking forward to that winter. All hail the Craic, and every other petty tourist slogan.

The Don has risen

hey fellas,

I had three bowlers on hat-tricks today and one got it. last ball bowled!

Apparently he also hit a hole in one during the week so I went partners with him in the lottery!

The Don has risen

it has probably been said before but More men die from prostate cancer than women from breast cancer

Tony Tea

Twitter follower just suggested "Shrees" could be casual racism.

The Mongrel

....don't mention the Windies then for gawsakes

Tony Tea

Bangers, Paks, Zims...

Tony Tea

To be fair, he was asking, not accusing.

M. Patard

I tell you this, when I hit the Jew memorial for their holocaust in Berlin, i'm gonna get down on one knee, and pray, for all the German youth who were killed for this facade of a civilisation we have now.

My mrs has beholden me to a non-salute so I will respect that, and at the same time remember with my prayers to Christ, Mary, God, when history wasn't beholden to prosecution.

M. Patard

One for the Don, and all his interest rate bearing brethren:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yogw44ehpOk

M. Patard

Right, back to the cricket. 7/225.

Where'd everybody go? Oh, it's 3am. Ok, back to bed then.

M. Patard

Hoowee, that was a hot day. So hot my brain melted with heat stroke, but I was able to get out some words before passing out.

Right, back after rotation, all rested. Amazing happening in the night: The cat that was gone for a month was back in the kitchen last night. Thought it was a dream, but she's really back.

That's gotta be a sign of something. Maybe Punter is going to come out of retirement? Or even Steve Waugh. Who knows? One things for sure, Oz will win today. Hope Mr Cricket opens the batting and gets a ton.

Hangover Black

If a decision review for an LBW shows the ball hitting the stumps, with it being deemed "umpire's call", should you really lose the review? Bit harsh, I reckon.

M. Patard

There was an LBW review yesterday where Tubby explained that depending on who called for the review, it would go one way or the other.

If the batsman called for it - not out.
If the bowler called for it - out.

Work that one out.

Nick

I would've kept Hussey and played Paine in the ODIs. Wade - 102* notwithstanding - looks to be pretty woeful as a keeper. Given we're losing Hussey from the cordon, should Wade play at 6 and slips and have a specialist keeper?

Cowan
Warner
Hughes
Clarke
Khawaja
Wade/Watson
Wade/Paine/Neville
Johnson/Siddle
Starc
Bird
Lyon

???

Nick

Gee Bird looks good.

Nick

Very telling that Lyon not getting a bowl. Wade's keeping and Lyon's bowling not boding well for India.

Tony Tea

Henry: "Does Sri Lanka have a running coach?"

Russell: "Does Australia?"

Tony Tea

Every run tacked on to the lead is an extra nail in Australia's coffin.

BringbackRodMarsh

It is an article of faith with WA cricket fans that Wade is the worst keeper in Aus. He specialises in effing up against the Warriors. I don't know why, nobody else struggles against them.

He's not looking good this match, is he? Bring back Klutzy. He would have dropped every half-chance too but at least you expect it from him.

Tony Tea

Wade is in the honeymoon period where we are just getting used to his blunders. If he does not get his shit together he will surpass Haddin and end up with a reputation as bad a Party Patel and Kamral Akmal.

nick

141 - ominous.

Tony Tea

Do I dare ask the traditional question: how many down will Australia be at lunch?

Tony Tea

Get your money on Sri Lanka. If Australia's good batting line-ups can collapse on the fourth innings, this one is a certainty.

M. Patard

Golden Duck for Warner.

nick

Not even 141 - 041. bah

M. Patard

I'll go on record to say that Oz will bolt this in. Over with an hour to go to stumps, no more than 3 wickets down.

Tony Tea

If we lose another wicket before lunch the Shrees will win.

@tkyc

Has Tone commented in Australia and chasing low totals?

Ah, yes... KPI met.

;-)

Tony Tea

See ball, hit ball.

M. Patard

We know we have a propensity to collapse, but, is it out of proportion to other nations' collapsability?

A comparison of collapse stats would be intriguing.

Tony Tea

1981 Headingley: Australia 1 for 56 chasing 129.

1993/94 Sydney: Australia 1 for 51 chasing 116.

1997 The Oval: Australia 1 for 36 chasing 123.

Tony Tea

Surely Nine will graphic up a collapse ratio.

Tony Tea

It is hard to believe how badly out top three play spin.

M. Patard

Hard done by there Hughes was. I don't see how Hawkeye can predict that hitting with certainty. His leg was a fair way down the pitch and the ball turned a hell of a lot.

M. Patard

The Lankans are just appealing for anything. The captain was even asking that ball hitting glove be reviewed.

If that's what they wanted reviewed then that's what should have been determined. No LBW considered.

Tony Tea

And yet the Shrees appealed for a catch. They should have the LBW cancelled.

M. Patard

Exactly. As it is the review is being used as a lottery.

Lankans needed a wicket badly and are prepared to burn their reviews. Got lucky that time.

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