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Lord's Day Four: Whinge whinge grumble whinge.

Submitted by rickeyre on July 20, 2009 - 5:51pm

Every time Kevin Pietersen miscues a sweep way outside off, every time Mitchell Johnson bowls a perfect line and length to the feet of second slip, every time Ricky Ponting chops the ball onto his stumps when Australia is in trouble, is a time to remember that cricket is a game for human beings. Umpires are human, umpires make mistakes, more mistakes than we care to notice. And just as umpires who make the odd mistake continue to be chosen, so it is with the players themselves.

Home of Archery Day Two: Howzat? Out. You have a problem, Ricky?

Submitted by rickeyre on July 18, 2009 - 7:02pm

Captain's knocks, you've gotta love 'em. Andrew Strauss was so deep in concentration, watching intently as the swinging ball from Mitchell Johnson took his off stump, no addition to his overnight 161.

Lord's Day One: The stumps are that-a-way, Mitch

Submitted by rickeyre on July 17, 2009 - 6:53pm

Is The World's Second-Best Test All-Rounder (And Third Best Bowler) all washed up? Is his mum a mole (spelling correct) for the England and Wales Cricket Board? Is his karate-ka WAG up for the chop? How else can we explain the worst Australian performance at the Home of Archery since the days of Great Hedley Verity Sticky? Or are Ricky Ponting's captaincy skills to blame for everything?

Caerdydd Day Five: It was Gatorade in the glove, m'lord

Submitted by rickeyre on July 13, 2009 - 5:25pm

There are few things more exciting in sport than the cliff-hanger of a Test match cricketing team hanging on for grim death in the final session of the fifth day to grab a draw. (Are you listening, IPL franchisees?)

Caerdydd Day Four: Amateur Hour

Submitted by rickeyre on July 12, 2009 - 8:56pm

It's one thing for us armchair nincompoops to take the piss whenever a bowler concedes his hundred runs for the innings. For the bowlers themselves to make light of the occasion with the full complicity of the captain, as we saw at the Gerddi Soffia on Saturday, was ridiculous.

Caerdydd Day Two: Like peaches and cream, Ponting and Katich, KP and News of the World

Submitted by rickeyre on July 10, 2009 - 1:40pm

It was a day that saw Simon Katich become the first player to score a Test hundred in Cymru. Ricky Ponting notched his 38th Test hundred, and inflatable kangaroos were held aloft everywhere when he passed 11,000 Test career runs. (Except, of course, that exactly 100 of those runs were scored against the ICC World XI in that ghastly Super Series aberration of October 2005.)

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