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  • Cricket - Australia Loses Ashes

    Australia House in London has closed. Australian Diplomats are being withdrawn. A new Australian Government is to be formed. All Australian Recruitment in the UK has ceased.

    We are a nation in mourning.

    Here is the news from Australia.

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - The recriminations of Australia's Ashes loss to England have begun in earnest with local media already calling for heads to roll.

    Australia's newspapers and cricket columnists were unanimous in demanding changes be made after England ended their 16-year hold on the Ashes.

    "Australia must remake its team," Patrick Smith wrote in the national broadsheet, the Australian.

    "It still is a combination that will beat to death any other country but England, yet it is by England's standards that the Australian side must ultimately be judged."

    The Daily Telegraph's chief cricket correspondent Robert Craddock predicted at least two players would be immediately sacked and several others put on notice that their careers were in jeopardy.

    "The stinging reality of losing the Ashes is that the current squad is under immediate review by national selectors because Australia has just 14 months to get a new, improved side established for what shapes as a monumental return bout with England in Australia," Craddock wrote.

    "The first casualties will be fast bowlers Jason Gillespie and Michael Kasprowicz, who will not figure in the test or one-day series against the World XI in October. Batsmen Damien Martyn and Simon Katich are also under the gun."

    Alex Brown, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, said the Ashes defeat meant Australia could no longer afford to delay change and there was no longer any place for sentiment.

    "The process must begin this summer," he wrote.

    "And given that much of the team's success in recent years can be credited to the loyalty shown to senior players, Australia's administrators and selectors face many a sleepless night pondering the unpleasant - but necessary - task of equipping the side for the future."

    Former Somerset captain Peter Roebuck, also writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, said Australia's defeat and the inevitable repercussions were no cause for celebration for their rivals as it may only spur them on to greater heights.

    "Australia have lost series before and recovered. Rather than allowing defeat to fester, those involved must strengthen their resolve and correct their mistakes," Roebuck wrote.

    "What counts is not how far you fall but how high you bounce back."

    Even Steve Waugh, the former Australian test captain, admitted that it was time for changes but he urged the selectors to act cautiously.

    "Everyone needs to take a step back and take a breather before wielding the axe or apportioning the blame to individuals within the Australian team," Waugh wrote in a column in the Daily Telegraph.

    While Australia's newspapers naturally focussed most of their attention on their fallen team, there was universal praise for England and the drama of the series.

    Andrew Ramsey, writing in the Australian, said the series deserved to be remembered as the greatest of all time, although he argued the standard of play was not the best, given the appalling fielding and below-par batting from both teams with just one player averaging over 50.

    "It certainly won't win the judges' votes for the quality of pure cricket," Ramsay wrote.

    "But the purists will have to admit the other components of a compelling English summer more than compensate for the absence of any Bradmanesque strokeplay."

  • #2
    In commiseration for your tragic loss,
    I'm sitting here listening to Ian Moss
    (Build me up just to tear me down,
    slap my knee bones to the ground),
    weeping bitter tears into my Bundaberg rum,
    and reading Henry Lawson.

    Better luck next year!
    You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some Watery Tart threw a sword at you! I mean, if I went around saying I was an Emperor because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, people would put me away!

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    • #3
      Why thank you foxfyre.

      I can see that you are a person of taste.

      A sip of Bundaberg Rum whilst reading Henry Lawson.

      A classic combination.

      What do you have with your Bundy, most Australians have it with Coke and thus the term, Bundy & Coke.

      My wife and I had a tour of the Bundaberg Distillery in Bundaberg, Queensland and at the conclusion of the tour I tasted a few samples and it was there I was introduced to Bundaberg Rum with Ginger Beer and a very nice mixture it is.

      Cheers.

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      • #4
        John, my heartfelt sympathies on this tragic event.

        Perhaps it's time to make some minor adjustments (some "tweaking") to this most honorable and venerable of past-times - strictly in the interest of strengthening the sport, of course.

        Suggestions:

        1) quit running back and forth in a straight line, and maybe run in a.....I dunno....sort of "diamond" formation

        2) get outta those white clothes (white is soooo hard to keep clean), and begin wearing pants, shirts and hats that clearly denote the name and logo of your team

        3) make your bat smaller - my sister could hit a ball with a bat THAT big....make it smaller and maybe.....metal

        4) chew gum, chew tobacco, grab your crotch, spit at will (you know...MANLY stuff) - and then swarm the field if someone on the opposing team (or in the stands) ****es you off

        5) call it - hmmmm - BASEBALL!

        And then you got a GAME my friend!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JohnKelly
          Why thank you foxfyre.

          I can see that you are a person of taste.

          A sip of Bundaberg Rum whilst reading Henry Lawson.

          A classic combination.

          What do you have with your Bundy, most Australians have it with Coke and thus the term, Bundy & Coke.

          My wife and I had a tour of the Bundaberg Distillery in Bundaberg, Queensland and at the conclusion of the tour I tasted a few samples and it was there I was introduced to Bundaberg Rum with Ginger Beer and a very nice mixture it is.

          Cheers.
          Thank you, John. You're supposed to mix it with something? Huh. I just drink it over ice.
          You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some Watery Tart threw a sword at you! I mean, if I went around saying I was an Emperor because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, people would put me away!

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          • #6
            5) call it - hmmmm - BASEBALL!
            Quick reminder here, we invented it, called it rounders and it is played by girls in school here in britain.

            Perhaps I should explain to my colleague some of the finer points of the game.

            A cricket ball is about the size of a tennis ball, weighs about 5 and a half ounces and has a raised stitched seam about an inch wide around it's circumference.
            players polish one side in order to make the ball curve through the air.
            Unlike baseball the bowler will make the ball bounce first before it arrives at the batsman.
            Generally speaking a world class bowler can bowl at around 90 to 100 mph, the ball will be curving either away or towards you and will change direction again if it hits the seam on the pitch.
            The bowler will be bowling from about 18 yards away, which gives you as the batsman about 0.2 secs to react !
            Oh and one other thing, batsmen are game for bowlers. i.e hiting them with the ball is allowed.

            http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/cricket/waqar1.mpg

            This is an older clip but you get the idea.

            http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/cricket/snow2.mpg

            One of the fastest bowlers in the world Shoaib Ahktar

            http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/cricket/shoaib1.mpg

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