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Top ten things you didn't know about Martyn Ball

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 3, 2001 - 4:00pm

10. He played for Young England in 1989.

9. His nicknames (according to "The Cricketers' Who's Who") are Benny and Barfo.

8. He is Gloucestershire's only player on the Test leg of the Indian tour.

7. It took eight years at Gloucestershire before Ball was awarded his county cap.

6. The reason the England selectors selected him yesterday for the tour of India is that they wanted to replace Robert Croft with a "like-for-like replacement". Yes, they wanted a bowler just like Robert Croft...

Ricky Ponting's public humiliation (21 January 1999)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on January 21, 1999 - 7:00pm

It all started on Sunday night after Australia's day-night win against England at the Sydney cricket Ground. Ponting, unaccompanied by any of his Australian team-mates, went to the Bourbon & Beefsteak nightclub in Kings Cross.

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Australia 2 West Indies 0: A dynasty disintegrates

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 3, 1996 - 4:00pm

Tuesday December 3, 1996: I visited the Sydney Cricket Ground and witnessed a great day's cricket, but I have also witnessed the demise of a cricketing power that I have known and loved for over two decades.

Ray Lindwall: Rugby League Champion

Submitted by Rick Eyre on June 24, 1996 - 2:00pm

Ray Lindwall, probably Australian cricket`s greatest fast bowler since the Second World War, died on Saturday night 22 June 1996, in Brisbane at the age of 74. Much has, and will, be written of his achievements on the cricket field, however not many people would be aware of his prowess as a rugby league player in his younger days.

Lindwall played first grade rugby league for St George in the 1940, 1942, 1943 and 1946 seasons and was a very talented fullback and goalkicker.

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