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How and where to follow The Final Session

Submitted by rickeyre on September 13, 2005 - 3:05pm

I was born during the Adelaide Test match when Australia, under Richie Benaud, regained the Ashes. From four days old until my first week of high school, shortly after my twelfth birthday, Australia held the Ashes (and John Snow still hasn't been forgiven). We got them back for a couple of brief periods: January 1975 to August 1977, and January 1983 to August 1985.

Australia picked up the Ashes once more on August 1, 1989. It's sixteen years and eleven days later, and barring an English choke of Greg Normanesque proportions, they're on their way back to England.

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Day five lunch: So who won the first session?

Submitted by rickeyre on September 13, 2005 - 11:44am

Two observations from the pre-lunch session on the last day of Les Ashes de 2005:
(a) England is close to having a match-winning lead, and the fact that they lost four wickets in the session enhances their position;
(b) Ian Bell will be a valuable participant in Warwickshire's county championship campaign for many years to come.

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Day four: Those dark satanic mills

Submitted by rickeyre on September 12, 2005 - 11:53pm

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!1
Relax, I'm a qualified cricket umpire.2

Unless I am sadly mistaken (or perhaps just mistakenly sad), this will be the first Test series decided by non-precipitative cloud cover since Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in 1998 when the final Test was fogged out.

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It raineth, it poureth, the old man... well you know the rest.

Submitted by rickeyre on September 11, 2005 - 9:41am

As Justin Langer's aspirations of a 500 lead before winning the Fifth Test disappear beneath the covers, here are some useful links at the Met Office:

That's a nifty little low pressure down in the Bay of Biscay...

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