Part two of my annotated log of cricketing thoughts as tweeted over the summer holiday period. Some tweets have been deleted for reasons of clarity and sanity.
January 2, 2010:
#cricket I probably won't get around to blogging it, but my cricketer of the 2000s is Muttiah Muralitharan. Runner-up: Adam Gilchrist. 10:13 AM Jan 2nd
#cricket I find it hard to get used to the Sydney Test starting on January 3, not January 2 12:24 PM Jan 2nd
#cricket ICC/FICA ruling that players need a 3 day break between Tests. Intended, though, for more arduous travel than Melbourne -> Sydney! 12:31 PM Jan 2nd
A summary of the fact that there was no Test cricket on Saturday, January 2 (which did lead to a nice chat on Twitter with the leader of the NSW Liberal Party, Barry O'Farrell, who'd make a good Premier if it weren't for the party he leads. But that's off the topic)
#cricket Yecch. How did we lose that? #nswblues 9:41 PM Jan 2nd
All that needs to be said about that night's Twenty20 game at the MCG.
January 3, 2010:
Livestock update: 97 imports express interest in next cattle auction http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/content/story/442040.html #cricket #ipl 12:47 PM Jan 3rd
The start of the IPL3 meat parade.
winningest captain ever lovely day for a bat have you had your swisse today #cricket #fail 5:55 PM Jan 3rd
Play started in the Second Test at the SCG at 2pm in humid, overcast conditions after a morning of rain. Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. What was he thinking?
#cricket If that's the end of Ntini, it's a sad way to see him go. 100th Test was a good time to retire, not dropped after a dismal 101st. 8:39 PM Jan 3rd
The Third Test between South Africa and England began without Makhaya Ntini, dropped after a dismal effort in the Second Test at Durban.
January 4, 2010:
#cricket Let's recap Nathan Hauritz's first-class career bowling average at this moment: 43.73 runs per wicket. In a 9-year playing career. 12:35 PM Jan 4th
#cricket Memo Pakistan: Do Not Lose From Here. Take that as an order. 6:07 PM Jan 4th
Stumps day two: Pakistan 9/331 in reply to Australia 127 all out.
January 5, 2010:
#cricket Chris Cairns quietly removed from the #IPL auction list. Reason has been tweeted but mainstream media won't touch it! Hmmmmm 12:09 PM Jan 5th
#cricket Cairns omission seems linked to his mysterious suspension from the ICL in 2008. No way he would have scored an IPL3 contract anyway 12:35 PM Jan 5th
#cricket And in other livestock news, Moises Henriques is traded from KKR to Delhi as a part-swap for Owais Shah. http://tinyurl.com/ydm8lj6 12:47 PM Jan 5th
The 97 contracted players up for IPL3 auction were reduced to 96. The reason for Chris Cairns' removal from the list, as tweeted by @lalitkmodi, was explosive - and deleted from Twitter a few hours later.
#cricket Qs: 1.Will Pak seek the xtra 30mins to win tonight? 2. Will ch9 televise it? 5:20 PM Jan 5th
#cricket I remember Aus' rearguard victory over Pak at the SCG in 1973. It could happen again. Unlikely though. 6:34 PM Jan 5th
Pakistan was on the brink of victory late on day three (and would probably have already won if it weren't for the many dropped catches by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal), but at stumps Australia was 8/286, a lead of 79.
I'm confused. We have two PM's in Australia today. One doing the chat shows and one doing the sausage sizzle at the SCG. 5:14 PM Jan 5th
Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard doing the policy stuff on TV and radio, while Prime Minister On Vacation K-Rudd was manning the sausage sizzle at the SCG as a promotion for the McGrath Foundation. Must say I can't recall JWH ever doing such a photo-op when he was PM!
January 6, 2010:
#cricket Those who cannot remember 1973 are condemned to relive it. #australia #pakistan #scg 10:26 AM Jan 6th
#cricket Incredible comeback by Australia, but it's a shame to see Pakistan disintegrate like this. 12:35 PM Jan 6th
#cricket Target 176. At this moment, I haven't got a clue who's going to win :) 1:41 PM Jan 6th
#cricket If Umar Akmal is the next [insert legendary batsman name here] then he needs to prove it right now! 2:46 PM Jan 6th
#cricket Wow. 5:14 PM Jan 6th
#cricket 1973 revisited. Australia choked, came back. Pakistan choked more. Nathan Hauritz was the Max Walker of 2010. 5:23 PM Jan 6th
Everything you need to know about Australia's 36 run victory over Pakistan in the Second Test. Umar Akmal top scored with 49 and was eighth man out. Personally, I have fond memories of that 1973 Test. It was the match that probably, more than any other, turned me into a serious cricket follower.
#cricket cliche cliche talk as quickly as possible gotta go take some swisse see ya tubbs 5:26 PM Jan 6th
Transcript, or at least as best I could gather, of Ricky Ponting's post-match interview with Mark Taylor.
January 8, 2010:
#cricket After that thriller at Newlands, I wait with bated breath for the SMH's next "Test cricket is dead" missive 8:42 AM Jan 8th
#cricket Of course, the real challenge comes in explaining to nay-sayers just why a drawn Test can be so exciting 8:49 AM Jan 8th
For the second time in three Tests, England clung on for a draw against South Africa with nine wickets down in their second innings.
methinks the commish doth tweet too much. I wonder how Phuket is today? 5:32 PM Jan 8th
And one more reference to a certain chatty IPL boss who has geolocation installed on his Twitter client.