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Tony Tea
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Crooky optimistically headlines today's Test preview "Back to cricket after all the controversy". Fat chance, chummy. The wild dawgs of controversy are gnawing on the leash, desperate to announce "There's only one team playing cricket out there. Woof!" It would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at AGB Cricket
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At least there's now no question that India are flagrant and shameless pitch doctors. Not that there ever was. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at AGB Cricket
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So, for the practice match India laid down a road. For the Test match it's a minefield on a tectonic fault line. At least the Indians don't doctor pitches. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at AGB Cricket
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When Anthony gave his off-ABC-script answers, the interviewer was totally stumped about what to ask next.
A sunny Melbourne afternoon, perfect for staying home, watching the television and not going to the MCG. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at AGB Cricket
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Can't believe the umpires, who appear to love a pause in proceedings, did not delay the start to the Test while I took my daughter to swimming lessons. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at AGB Cricket
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My prediction is that Pakistan will win the toss, bat, and be 2 for 60 at lunch. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Pakistan have played thirty-two Tests in Australia, have won only four, two of which were during World Series Cricket, and won only one in the last thirty-five years. (They had good chances to win in Sydney in 1973 and Sydney... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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The good old ODI. I've said it before, but it warrants repeating: dumping the ODI in favour of T20 - mooted by idiots like me - is stupid. ODIs, even if the Aussies treat them as practice matches, are relaxing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Forget Australia's pathetic cricket in the first two Tests, the subsequent selectors' scythe and any prospects for the Third Test, the following article is 100% rolled-gold LOOK OVER THERE! I love it. Ben Horne, you win this week's internet: South... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Is it too early to hope that we may be saved by rain? Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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So, it's been a mere 16,764 days since the WACA hosted its first Test match. Today the WACA hosts its last Test match. That went quickly. Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Soups mentions our ugly record failing to defend big scores. Team Score Overs RR Opposition Ground Match Date South Africa 438/9 49.5 8.78 Australia Johannesburg 12-Mar-06 South Africa 372/6 49.2 7.54 Australia Durban 5-Oct-16 India 362/1 43.3 8.32 Australia Jaipur... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Could the famed Award of Dee-Merit one day soon pop its head above the rim of the bowl to peer upon prosperous sunlit uplands? Over to you, Richard Tea: Just what we needed, another Cattery convulsion. Oh well….on this day 29 years ago we were expectantly ambling down some Footscray... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at AGB Footy
Let's not beat about the stunted flora: Sri Lanka is a pissweak Test team, and yet they are belting us. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Rod Marsh has given up on Australia playing spin on the subcontinent. In other words, he's belatedly come to the same conclusion we came to at least 5 years ago. But while we are boneheads on a blog with rock... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Interesting that Australia have been filth on the under-continent, but haven't lost a Test in Sri Lanka since 1999. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Wise words from aging newspaperman Maxwell Scott to senator Ransom Stoddart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The advice came galloping to mind when I read that Rod Marsh denied his role in a famous sledge; you know, one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Celebrating all things Mankad: “If they don’t want us to Mankad, why is it in the rules then? We saw in the under-19 World Cup that West Indies Mankaded, and went on to win the cup. It is not us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Another Test. Another greentop. Another toss won. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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The top is green, the undies brown, the toss critical. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Simon Barnes: I've also resented the treatment of the great Muttiah Muralitharan. Even after his action was cleared by scientific measurement, there were still plenty of people who knew better. They knew nothing of the science of the thing, of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Not sure how this fits in to the overall scheme of things vis-a-vis the Dean Jones - Tony Tea big bats brouhaha, but: Jones is a director of the company that makes Gayle’s bats and told his colleagues they needed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at AGB Cricket
Last time Australia played an ODI in New Zealand (the World Cup match at Eden Park) everyone thought road and runs, then the ball started moving. Given recent matches, though, and the hefty scores made by Australia, India, New Zealand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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Guess who? "We all know the batsmen of today have better bats" That's right, Dean Jones, who is still trying to make it up to me. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at AGB Cricket
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