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Cheers matth,

Another winter of working from home, and with the number of daily articles hopefully falling (post-Ashes) below the current 15-plus, and it might be time to bring out the lists again.

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

I always bowled myself with the wind, so that when I was tonked it was into the wind for outfield catches. For some reason, the big hairy quicks at the other end weren’t impressed…

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

Here’s a clue, named in my “Ashes at the SCG” piece published 2 days ago (which like most of the 24 published that day, disappeared almost without a trace)-

The Ashes at the SCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

One club presentation night, our (fast-bowling) Master of Ceremonies based his entire routine around sledging the captains whose total overs bowled for the season always ended in dot-something. Because they’d always brought themselves back on, immediately the tailenders appeared.

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

Born in the same month as a lot of very good other Ashes cricketers-

The Calendar Ashes: Third Test, December

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

Not a nasty bone in his body. Definitely out there, but in a nice way.

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

Certainly not ! Mo had nothing but love for all of the other cats in his teams. Someone more recent.

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

A certain past NSW and Aus player sometimes swore at his own fieldsmen, following a dropped catch or misfield. At State, as well as First Grade, level. And it constituted misconduct because it was audible off the field, and “could have brought the game into disrepute.”

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

Great article Paul, and Happy New Year to everyone ! A few others-

1) The captain over-bowling a paceman on the last day of a Test going nowhere. Then 4 days later, bowling first on a road because “they won’t be expecting that.” Then the following week, that paceman being rested due to “workload management.”

2) The paceman labouring on a road, then finally putting his feet up only for the so-called “batsmen” to collapse to 5-80 (forcing him to pad up) and then 120 all out (forcing him to bowl again, within 3 hours).

3) In a limited-overs match, the paceman taking a crucial wicket only for a no-ball to belatedly be called because a fieldsman was outside the circle.

4) An opposing batsman unjustifiably stepping away at the last second, because a butterfly has crossed the sightscreen.

5) Worse still, that batsman justifiably stepping away because second slip has said something to him or another fieldsman at the last second.

6) Fieldsmen (always batsmen) throwing the new ball into the pitch-square from ball one, to “scuff it up” for spinners, or for bowlers not capable of reverse-swing.

The real reason why the majority don’t want fast bowling captains

He actually batted at nine ! Colin Miller and Glenn McGrath followed.

Worth noting that four years later, Dom Thornely (261no) and MacGill (27) added 219 runs for the last wicket, for NSW against WA-

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/pura-cup-2004-05-135547/new-south-wales-vs-western-australia-141344/full-scorecard

The Ashes at the SCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Cheers Your Eminence,

I did pick an England team for each ground as well. Its side for the SCG included-

Bob Barter, 1965-66, score of 185
Geoff Boycott, 1970-71, scores of 77 and 142no
Walter Hammond, 1928-29, score of 251 (or 1936-37, score of 231no)
Reg Foster, 1903-04, scores of 287 and 19
Matt Prior, 2010-11, score of 118 plus 7 catches
Harold Larwood, 1932-33, match figures of 10-124
Frank Tyson, 1954-55, match figures of 10-130
George Lohmann (match figures of 10-87 in 1886-87, or 10-142 in 1891-92, or 9-52 in 1887-88)

It could really use some performances like those next week !

The Ashes at the SCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Cheers, the idea with this team is that nine, ten and jack never need to bat.

The Ashes at the SCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Cheers Micko,

Cummins should be glad that he is playing in the current era, with all the sports science, injury treatment and investment in star players.

The Ashes at the MCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

It’s a batsman’s game, Your Eminence.

The Ashes at the MCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Think I’ll give it a miss, and from now on generally write only during the off-season.

The Ashes at the MCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Especially given that his brother Alec was arguably the biggest stonewaller of all time !

Noting of course that in an era of shallow player depth it’s relatively easier for one to stand out from the rest.

The Ashes at the MCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Cheers, Wisden called it the greatest innings ever, but that was before the Sri Lankan batsman’s one in South Africa, and Ben Stokes’ at Headingley.

The Ashes at the MCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Cheers, depends on how this one is received ! I’ve already shortlisted squads then picked teams.

The Ashes at the MCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Cheers, appreciate it

The Ashes at the MCG: 11 memorable Australian performances

Hourly over-rates peaked in 1891-92. That series’ average was 145 balls (24.1 overs). The good old days !

Penalty runs won’t work. It’s been tried elsewhere, and abandoned as impractical.

At the very end of a close match, the batting team would win based on an off-field decision. 9-down, 10 runs to get, capacity crowd, millions of viewers, the Ashes at stake…

And then everybody abruptly walks off the field, because the referee has just calculated a 10-run penalty.

Test cricket needs free hit rule to cut down on no-balls and time wasting

Not just Lillee and Johnson.

Fleetwood-Smith, Marsh and Trott also had magnificent moustaches.

Australia's all-time Adelaide Ashes XI

Cheers DaveJ, no advance warning of re-formatting, or the usual email advising that it had been published. It simply appeared on-line, and after lunch rather than at the usual 2am.

No skin off my nose, but good to know for next time.

I might submit history-related articles only during off-seasons !

Australia's all-time Adelaide Ashes XI

Thanks, Clay

Australia's all-time Adelaide Ashes XI

Cheers DaveJ,

No issue with any changed editorial policy. But naturally it will influence any future articles’ themes and timings. As will knowing that 10-15 articles are now being published daily.

Last Sun I submitted one article, naming Aus and Eng teams comprising 22 players that had performed memorably in Adelaide. Just as I had done last week for The Gabba, and many times previously on other themes.

It was reformatted to instead be two separate, shorter, articles published simultaneously, one for each team. With additional content. Perhaps the strategy might serve to double the number of views, which would be good for advertising revenue ?

Australia's all-time Adelaide Ashes XI

Cheers, TLN

Australia's all-time Adelaide Ashes XI

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