February 23, 2006

Australian cricket

Damien Martyn's M-rated finger

Peter English

Alex Brown writes in the Sydney Morning Herald Damien Martyn's right index finger should come with its own M-rating. Martyn returns to the venue where his digit was eternally disfigured during the 2003 World Cup final.

Much to the surprise of the Johannesburg crowd - and Australian team management - Martyn declared himself fit to play. And the rest, of course, is history. Martyn defied the jarring pain to record a defiant, unbeaten 88 and combine for a match-winning 234-run third wicket stand with Ricky Ponting
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Andrew Symonds also has fond memories of that 2003 tour. The Australian’s Andrew Ramsey reports before Symonds’s hip injury about his joy at arriving in South Africa.

As the bus disgorged its load of weary travellers into the lobby of a ritzy Johannesburg hotel last Monday, one of the jet-lagged party was unable to suppress a delirious grin. Despite the ravages of a 15-hour journey from Australia which came on top of a relentless summer schedule of Test matches and one-day internationals, Andrew Symonds had returned to what he unashamedly refers to as his "happy place".

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