Frenemies Reunited

Australia collapsed for the sake of cricket

Or perhaps because they were mounting another clown masterclass

Jarrod Kimber writes When Test cricket gets boring, people need a team to lead the way, and yet again Australia have filled that breach. Adelaide is usually the most boring Test of the year, so much so that most of the fans were out the back sipping expensive alcohol in the members’, or drinking cheap alcohol in the general public. Those fans missed the show that Australia put on.
Instead of letting Adelaide drip towards a soggy draw, they did everything in their power to ensure this Test will have a result. Because for better or worse, Australia play result cricket. It’s all part of Tim Nielsen’s cunning plan. He knows England want draws, and he isn’t going to give them that option. Just writing it down makes me proud to be Australian. What a truly magnificent country we are.
Alan Tyers writes Am I surprised that the Australian public were turning to drink as the baggy green comedy troupe mounted another clown masterclass? Of course not: I have met many Australians before, and I know that turning to drink comes as naturally to them as wearing shorts at a formal event, working in a pub in West London or not reading a book. But even for a nation less determinedly dipsomaniac than our antipodean cousins, the performances of Simon “You Mean We Can Run If He Hits It?” Katich, Michael “Hit, Hope And Sob” Clarke, and Ricky “Don’t Hate Me Cos I’m Angry” Ponting would have sent patriots running for the beer tents.
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Australia's big tent of panic

A new blog in which an Aussie and an Englishman bicker over various things to do with the Ashes

Jarrod Kimber says There has been a lot of media frenzy about how Australia has panicked by picking 17 men for their home Ashes squad. This is clearly a typical British media conspiracy, aimed at defrauding Australian cricket. There is nothing wrong with 17 players in a squad; it’s the sort of broad-minded cricket concept you’d expect from a cricket nation that has been pushing the game into the professional realm for years.
Australia is an inclusionist society; we don’t want to narrow down our squad to something so small you can barely see it with the naked eye. We want everyone to have a say, everyone to be involved, and everyone to have a chance. This announcement, made in front of 40 people in the rain (that was ordered to make the Brits more comfortable), was part of the friendly, open community environment that Cricket Australia has been building for years.
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