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Operation Ashes Retrieval – Days 8 & 9 of 25 (via Thoughts from the Dustbin)

DAY 8

***Rated PG – contains scenes which may cause distress to some readers***
Its habitat now limited to the sun-baked suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney, this species has been hunted down cruelly by a man with a huge jaw, a guy wearing mascara and some South African prat. Its situation is now dire – it is in serious danger of extinction! 

These upsetting pictures show the extent of the damage done by the aggressors:

Please don’t leave them to suffer. They desperately need your help. You can do your bit to save this poor, endangered creature – the Australian test cricketer. Please dig deep!
Send all donations (and offers of real cricket) to
DAY 9

Status is as follows:

Agents Twat, Kat, Pup and Muss have attempted a comeback.
Computer registers that had they not completely failed in the first innings, this might be game on.

Agent P failed. Again.
Computer is sending a mail bomb.

Mission status – too little too late
Opposition status – bastards

Computer is ashamed to admit she is counting on bad weather to save the operation.
Computer is not ashamed to admit she dislikes Oppostion Agent Massive Jaw even more than ever.

Report ends

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Normal service resumes for Alastair Cook (via Mental Disintegration)

Normal service resumes for Alastair Cook Alastair Cook’s currently in the process of causing as much hurt to Australians as would happen if someone told them that they thought that Kylie and Dannii Minogue are in fact as talented as each other. He’s going to resume at Adelaide on 136, which is after that unbeaten 235 he racked up at the Gabba last week.  That was some viewing, seeing him batter Australia’s batsmen about.  Given that he looked technically spent during the English summer, … Read More

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Cook and Trott join forces again

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott picked up where they left off in Brisbane as England recovered from the shock early loss of Andrew Strauss in Adelaide.

Cook and Trott, who shared a monumental unbroken stand of 329 at the Gabba last week, added a further 87 today without being separated.

They took England to 90 for one by lunch in reply to Australia’s 245, batting with sufficient poise to arouse hopes of establishing a first-innings advantage on a pitch that remains remarkably true.

Full story: ecb.co.uk

 

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Strauss and Ponting lock horns over Anderson ‘sledging’

England‘s inspirational fast bowler Jimmy Anderson sparked an angry on-field dispute between the rival captains Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting after one of his finest displays overseas spearheaded a brilliant start to the second Test for the tourists.

Ponting complained to Strauss at the close of play that as England captain he had failed to manage Anderson’s sledging against Australian batsmen.

The flashpoint came when Strauss seemed not to curb an exchange between Anderson and Brad Haddin, as much as join in to protect a fast bowler whose insecurities have been well chronicled but whose bowling craft, at 28, is blossoming by the day.

Strauss loyally waved aside Ponting’s public protests, suggesting that he had no right to complain just because he had suffered one of the worst days in Australia’s recent Test history. The result is bound to be a stepping up of tensions as England seek their first series win in Australia since the mid-80s.

Full story: The Guardian

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Harris may edge out Hilfenhaus

Ben Hilfenhaus at a training session at the Ad...

Ben Hilfenhaus. Image via Wikipedia

By definition it was not a bowl-off because one of the two candidates for Australia’s last pace-bowling slot failed to roll the arm over yesterday. Nevertheless, Australian captain Ricky Ponting seemed to be favouring the idle one of the two, Ryan Harris, as the player best equipped to help earn Australia an Ashes series lead at the Adelaide Oval.

Once the axing of Mitchell Johnson was confirmed yesterday and Ponting intimated fellow left-armer Doug Bollinger would be the replacement, the captain was pressed about what each the right-arm swing bowlers, Harris and incumbent Ben Hilfenhaus, had in their favour for selection for the Test starting today against England.

Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

 

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