February 24, 2010

Australian cricket

Nielsen lets one slip

George Binoy

Tim Nielsen had a near-perfect summer as Australia’s coach but his tour to New Zealand began with a funny slip of the tongue at Wellington Airport. "To be honest, we haven't had a huge amount of sex ... um, success, the last two times we've travelled here," he said, triggering off muffled laughs among his listeners. Nielsen grimaced, smiled and went on: "We lost in 2007 and we might have even lost in 2005, so we're looking to right the ship here on this tour and keep our run going."

Nielsen finished without any more slips and had a request: "Could you wipe the sex bit, I don't really want the wife hearing that." Unlikely, considering how mundane majority of press conferences are.

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