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Tony Tea

Not much mention of "momentum" but.

m0nty

Wayne Newton's law of momentum says that the media only cares about momentum when they think it's changing.

Russ

As ought to be obvious from its derivation, momentum only tells you what is happening in the moment.

Anyway, let's talk pitch.

Traditional Perth fast pitch guff is in the air. I think it will start slow, because they'll be worried about the heat and left some moisture in it. Good chance to bowl if you do it right; will quicken and bat like a dream for three days and then? Remember the good old days when the WACA pitch cracked and the ball would go missing is some chasm? It isn't quite as hot as in 96-97 - then it was 42 - but I don't think this is a pitch to bat last on.

Broad is the worry (and Finn and Rankin if they play). If ever a pitch favoured height and pace it is this one.

Tony Tea

Since the WACA pitch was renovated in the mid-80s any talk about its famed pace is in direct contrast to its actual pace. The more you talk it up, the easier it plays. Barring the odd pitch malfunction, of course.

gillysgone

Harris fit = Harris not fit but we will pick him = a bowler short.
Need a spinner = dont need a spinner but we play one = not even Warnie got many wickets at the WACA.
Luck on our side = luck can change mighty fast = luck on their side
This test could be a nightmare or a glorious dream for us. Eaither way will not surprice me.

m0nty

??% of Spearmint, 100% of Doug the Rug or 100% of the National Coulter Network. Tough choice.

Shep

We bat. Unchanged line-up for Australia. Bresnan in for Monty for the Poms. Hopefully Harris gets another couple of days to put his feet up.

nottrampis

you guys are a bit late!! But I still got you in.

By the way Clarke didn't win the toss Cook lost the toss!

m0nty

Three tosses in a row, luck is being a lady of the night.

m0nty

Malfoy trying to pitch it up, but his line is filthy.

m0nty

Ah crap, that's the sort of thing that can turn a series.

m0nty

These Poms, they never miss.

@Footy_Maths

Someone stealing your stuff Tone...?

Oh dear... Time for #WattoLotto - name the number of runs he'll get. Of course the rule is it'll be under 50.. @abcgrandstand @TestMatchSofa

— Francis Leach (@SaintFrankly) December 13, 2013

m0nty

More luck for Cow Corner, if that was Cook it would have gone onto the stumps.

m0nty

Pitch maps and Hawkeye shows Neo is moving it ever so slightly and Malfoy not at all, but neither has any control, the lines are all over the place and way too short.

Tony Tea

Don't you just hate run outs.

m0nty

They'll relax the fielding restrictions soon and we can pick off the ones before the big push leading up to the 50th over.

m0nty

Watto's Waste.

Russ

Three choices of audio today. Gave up on the BBC because of Blowers.

Some rugged strine on the commercial channel.

Paper Cut, having a terrible series.

Tony Tea

About time to give up on Paper Cut and pick a proper batsman.

m0nty

And again the nation looks to Michael "Joe DiMaggio" Clarke to pull us out of the bog.

gillysgone

its the end of Paper Cut as we know it, its the end of Paper Cut as we know it, and I feel fine

m0nty

Clarke Time approaching and we're lacking concentration. Danger danger.

m0nty

Wait, it's not Clarke Time, still half an hour to go in the session.

Russ

It is confusing because they started at 10:30 and England are bowling at 11 1/2 overs per hour... in the morning no less. What will they do when they are hot and tired?

m0nty

Didn't know Stokes the Grey could bowl at 140kph. Nice bouncer.

gillysgone

why bring a few 2 metere tall bowlers and pick none in Perth? Are they saving them for the SCG?

m0nty

KOKhead is getting way too triumphalist. Long way to go yet.

m0nty

Clarke Time strikes again, classic example.

Russ

Still on commercial radio. Ads are annoying. But the commentary is actually largely good.

Tony Tea

Textbook Clarke time.

Tony Tea

Giving your wicket away to Swann who is bowling a couple of speculative overs before the break is a horrendous blunder.

m0nty

If we lose this test and/or series, that will become the archetypal Clarke Time example.

Tony Tea

Warner better not get himself out before lunch.

M. Patard

Well, it's all back to formula.

Sub 200 total in sight, possibly even 150.

Skin Folds needs to get a ton. If he does so he's cemented his place for a long time.

Paper Cut has to go, the only thing keeping him there his batting. Drop him back to six? Or get Jordan Silk in?

M. Patard

the only thing keeping him there his batting.

I meant bowling.

Tony Tea

We go to lunch at 2/107 and it's a gun start.

We go to lunch at 3/107 and it's a wobbly start.

It's a funny game, cricket.

m0nty

Is Silk ready yet? Surely he needs to hit at least 30 years of age before we'll consider him.

M. Patard

Haven't seen a wicket yet, but from what I've heard and the little I saw, we gave it all away. The pitch is doing nothing. It's a batsman's paradise. We are throwing away momentum.

M. Patard

Is Silk ready yet? Surely he needs to hit at least 30 years of age before we'll consider him.

Ha, ha. Good point.

M. Patard

Harris fit = Harris not fit but we will pick him = a bowler short.
Need a spinner = dont need a spinner but we play one = not even Warnie got many wickets at the WACA.
Luck on our side = luck can change mighty fast = luck on their side

One of the best summations I have read at AGB to this moment(um).

M. Patard

At this rate, 9/321 at stumps. I'd settle for that.

2BarRiff

The commercial radio is doing quite well. The ads are balanced off by better commentary and regular score updates.

Anyone thinking Aus were trying to push the run rate a little too hard?

M. Patard

Straight down his throat.

gillysgone

phuck Warner gone. We are stuffed. thanks M. Patard re your comment

M. Patard

This is it. This is the partnership that says we are back as contenders or just ran into some lucky hot form for two Tests.

M. Patard

Ahhhhh, shit.

Russ

Quite. Pat. Awful cricket today. Now need the bowlers to rescue things.

M. Patard

Not even halfway through the day and we're halfway out. Ridiculous, unthinking, emotional, hubristic and dumb batting.

M. Patard

Geez Squinty is in the luckiest form of his life.

Tony Tea

England set to retain the Ashes.

Mind you, we batted like shit on the first day of the equivalent Test in 2006. Oh, who am I kidding? This series is cooked. England will win enough Tests to retain the Ashes.

Tony Tea

I would listen to AW full time if it was not for the ads. Pretty good. Mickey Arthur is a batter commentator than coach. Come to think of it, what is Tim Neilsen doing now?

M. Patard

Goddammit Nein with these replays. Gonna give me a heart attack one of these days when I walk back on to the deck.

Still, 5 down. All looking good for a relaxing ad break.

The Mongrel

Time to throw to the video (NSFW)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Vw7tQztpk

Tony Tea

Of course, when we lise we can blame 3AW. The last call I remember they did was the Windies in 1988/89.

M. Patard

Hang in there to Tea, lads. And, the rest of you, listen to that Iggy Pop album. Just right for the day's play, so many moods.

In the meantime, here's a channel Billed Cuckoo juvenile picking on its poor old misguided Magpie parents.

They're all around here at the moment. Monstrous birds that cuckold the parents, and when the other chicks are born chucks them from the nest. The unknowingly adopted parents starve themselves to death to feed the beasts.

Makes me feel right at home in modern Australia.

M. Patard

Sorry, the adopters are Currawongs.

Tony Tea

Bloody hell. It us an old school one day match.

Carrot

England looked like they were tiring and running out of ideas in the heat towards the end of that session. Warnie's right, the longer we can keep them out there the more easy runs we should get. By the way - over-rate???

How much does batting first and having your feet up for a day make a difference to a guy like Rhino? Is it that significant?

M. Patard

We will be all out by stumps, Carrot.

Tony Tea

Nothing dopey, please, Klutzy.

David

Careful Squinty

M. Patard

I don't want to preempt this, by God I don't want to preempt this, but, if Skin Folds gets a ton we need a maximum grandiose song to ring it in with.

Get one ready, Tones.

Tony Tea

That would have been utter SGW.

Tony Tea

I don't know from maximum grandiose.

M. Patard

grandiose x maximum.

Get one ready.

M. Patard

Just throwing this one out there, by way of build up.

M. Patard

66.2 Broad to Smith, FOUR, *tears up plan* too short and wide and Smith rocks back to thrash four through backward point

Thrash. Good adverb.

Tony Tea

Warnie hates Bowden. Warnie has too many pet animosities and grudge to be a truly good commentator.

M. Patard

I hate Bowden.

And I've got a truckload of animosities and grudges to go with it.

Shep

The team scoring more than 251 in the first innings in Perth has lost once in the last 34 years.

M. Patard

No ball!

M. Patard

Was that not a no ball?

Tony Tea

The Poms bored Haddin out. I hate dry lines, but they can certainly work against attacking batsmen.

Mind you, the way the Nine commentators are talking, Australia is 2 for 400, not six down for barely 250.

M. Patard

The TV is a long way off, but that looked like a no ball to me.

Tony Tea

England with some massive gamesmanship slow down. The umpires should give them a hurry up. #Ashes

Tony Tea

@Footy Maths, the spam filter gobbled your Watto Lotto comment.

Yes, I've noticed a few knock offs, but what are you going to do? Crack the shits and claim it and you look like a tool. Just got to satisfy yourself with knowing you are #1.

2BarRiff

All 6 Aussie wickets have been to crap shots and/or decisions. The Wobblies have returned.

M. Patard

For Skin Fold's ton.

M. Patard

Ok, I'm giving Skin Folds 15 minutes to hit the cannons.

M. Patard

Soft hands.

m0nty

Well done youngun.

M. Patard

PREEMPTIVE!!!

M. Patard

The New South Welshman saves the day, yet again, and all we've got is yawns and silence from the rest.

Fucken' top knock, Smith.

We need more of your cultural homogeneity to take this nation back again.

M. Patard

Gun innings to little or no aplomb. No kissing of helmet. A moment's celebration, then back to the job at hand.

Tony Tea

100 to Baby Huey Smith: maximum grandiose.

Tony Tea

Actually, I agree with that. Smith's celebration was refreshingly muted.

"When you score a touchdown, act like you've done it before."

Can't remember who said that, but it could be NFL coach, Bill Walsh.

M. Patard

Cam brought it to us, that quote, for his trenchant criticisms he's good for a quote.

Not sure at all what to make of your song tribute, Tones.

In all seriousness that was a top ton from Smith. All was gone till he came in.

Tony Tea

Jeez. Just seen our dismissals. All round Klutzes.

Tony Tea

Spilt Milk by Jellyfish is a terrific album.

Tony Tea

The shorter Heals: "I wish I could have retired."

M. Patard

With ten minutes to go, for anyone who's interested - and, Dan, you're welcome to come along - I'll be at each and every one of these concerts in 2014:

http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2014/concert-season/absolutely-beethoven.aspx

7th symphony


STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements
ADAMS Absolute Jest [AP]
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7


Dates Wed 12 Feb, Fri 14 Feb, Sat 15 Feb Venue Sydney Opera House 8pm

David Robertson's first concert as chief conductor sets the tone with a high-octane program.


Sat 15/02/2013 20:00

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http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2014/concert-season/beethovens-fifth.aspx

5th Symphony


VINE Smith's Alchemy for strings
*WIENIAWSKI Violin Concerto No.2
*BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5


Dates Wed 19 Mar, Thu 20 Mar, *Fri 21 Mar Venue Sydney Opera House

6:30, 13:30, 11am

*Tea & Symphony

Fri 11am includes morning tea

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http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2014/concert-season/mozart-haydn.aspx

MOZART Symphony No.27, K199
HAYDN Sinfonia concertante, Hob.I:105
MOZART Symphony No.7, K45


Dates Thu 27 Mar, Fri 4 Apr Venues City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney Opera House

7pm 11am

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http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2014/concert-season/beethoven-1-2.aspx

Piano Concerto 1 & 2

Dates Thu 12 Jun, Fri 13 Jun, Sat 14 Jun Venue Sydney Opera House

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http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2014/concert-season/beethoven-3-4.aspx

Beethoven 3 & 4 Piano

Dates Mon 16 Jun, Wed 18 Jun Venue Sydney Opera House

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http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2014/concert-season/tchaikovsky-5.aspx

Dates Thu 9 Oct, Fri 10 Oct, Sat 11 Oct Venue Sydney Opera House


STENHAMMAR Excelsior! - Concert Overture
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No.2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5

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http://www.sydneysymphony.com/production-pages/2014/concert-season/vivaldis-four-seasons.aspx

Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Dates Thu 16 Oct, Fri 17 Oct Venue City Recital Hall Angel Place


VIVALDI The Four Seasons
with music for wind ensemble by MOZART

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M. Patard

Well, not ach and everyone, but each of each concert.

M. Patard

2014 is the year of Beethoven.

Tony Tea

No Wagner?

M. Patard

That was 2013.

David

Might see you there. Gotta be in Sinee some time next year.

David

Decent position at stumps.
Much better than it looked like it would be earlier on.
Good effort from the young bloke.

M. Patard

David, make sure you do catch up with me and the mrs. There's also concerts up here in the Mountains but the dates are too close to be given.

What a breathtaking day.

Smith. By Valhalla you must feel good tonight. Save your thirst till the last day.

M. Patard

The chant of Stevie BlackSmith.

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