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God is undoubtedly an Englishman

With the beginning of the Second Test Divine intervention sends lead Australian bowler, McGrath, to hospital for X rays and out of the game.

He trod on the ball.


Ahhhh.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 4th, 2005
Rats, I totally forgot about the cricket... With McGrath possibly gone, the Australians threating to go home because of the terrorist attacks, and there having been freak tornadoes in that neck of the woods we may just have a chance.

A pity that it's circumstances rather than skill that may let us win, but we need all the help we can get. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
I'm just hoping that the weather holds through Sunday so our away day Corporate hospitality happens.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 4th, 2005
I would say you need to hope more that England can make it last until Sunday. The weather is the only thing I can see taking it into a 4th day if they play like the last Test...
Permalink Andrew Cherry 
August 4th, 2005
Well with Warne dropping a catch perhaps not.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 4th, 2005
Unfortunately my employer blocks streaming audio and we're not allowed radios, but from the looks of it Trescothick is doing quite well so far. Whether he can keep it up once Warne starts bowling is another matter entirely...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
I take it all back. Four-and-a-bit runs an over is far more than I was expecting... ("Watching" cricket by just seeing the score is, unsurprisingly, a pretty dull experience.)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
Swapping between radio and TV is another bonus for working from home, though I'll pay for it by working more tonight than today.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 4th, 2005
Whats wrong ? Rain ? Espn is not showing any test matches.
Permalink Hari 
August 4th, 2005
No rain; it's a nice sunny day, and England are currently 132 for 1 off of 27 overs. Who'd have thunk it?
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
As I said during the last match, the Aussies will kick Pommie butt. Again.

<g d r>
Permalink KayJay 
August 4th, 2005
We tend to have better luck at Edgbaston than anywhere else, so unless we either get significantly worse at bat this afternoon or make a complete bish of the fielding after we've declared at 500 for 2 (*ahem*) I'd rate our chances as reasonable...

Plus, of course, that radio controlled ball I placed at the ground to trip McGrath up did the trick perfectly... :D
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
>> we've declared at 500 for 2 (*ahem*)

Ha! Ha! Ha! Sorry there are no more Gowers and Gattings in your team. I'd be surprised if it crosses 280 in the first.
Permalink KayJay 
August 4th, 2005
A little hiccough, 176 for 3.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 4th, 2005
More hiccups. 187 for 4.
Permalink KayJay 
August 4th, 2005
Pietersen did quite well in his second innings last time, so if he repeats the performance all is not yet lost... 3 wickets for 30-odd balls was a bit of a poor show, but Vaughn had the misfortune of only getting 2 balls before lunch, never a fun situation...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
"I'd be surprised if it crosses 280 in the first."

Prepare to be surprised. Unless the Ozzies take six wickets before we make 6 more runs, we've hit 280...

In fact while I was typing that, we made a few more. 284 for 4 in 52 overs, nearly 5.5 runs per over. Kick ass!
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
Wow. Have I ever mentioned how little I understand sports of any kind? And how I understand cricket even less than most?

Yeah, this post is kinda irrelevant. ?Off topic, even.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 4th, 2005
Cricket is probably exactly the right kind of sport for you to understand then. :-)
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 4th, 2005
Cricket is, surprisingly, quite simple in terms of basic gameplay. The only real complication comes in the form of all the funny names for fielding positions, bowling styles, and so on. "Guy bowls ball to try and knock wicket over, other guy tries to whack ball away from wicket without anyone catching the ball" is enough to be able to follow along, and all the finer details can be picked up later...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
Dying embers, Mat, dying embers <g>
Permalink KayJay 
August 4th, 2005
Well Flintoff has gone, but it's not over yet; we're still scoring at a reasonable pace and I have a lot of faith in Pietersen. (Providing, of course, his batting partner(s) don't let him down by only lasting a handful of overs and scoring next to nothing like they did in our second innings. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
Cricket in concept is just like other sports. The team with the most runs at the end wins. Test cricket adds a rather interesting wrinkle though, in that the team with the most runs only wins if the match finishes in the time allotted. If the match doesn't finish, neither team wins and it's a draw.

This makes the strategy element quite different, since the batting team has to decide when to declare and let the other side have a go. If they stay in bat two long while piling up the runs, there might not be enough time left to finish the game. On the other hand, if they declare too soon the other side may get more runs and win. But if it seems like you are going to lose, you do have the filibuster tactic: stay in bat and don't get out and you can't be beaten however many runs the other team has.
Permalink Ian Boys 
August 4th, 2005
"Cricket in concept is just like other sports."

See, that's where you lose me. Sports/me is kinda like oil/water.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 4th, 2005
"Providing, of course..."

G Jones, you idiot! I've got a bad feeling about this, so I'm going home to see if I can catch the end of our innings before we're all out for 306. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
Fine summary Mat.

Today's a batter's paradise and you've discovered that the way to win on such a pitch is to have bowlers up to the task otherwise we're staring at a draw. We're a bit embarrassed. Batters are all very well but I think there's been too much focus on specialty. Ask Botham what HE thinks if you can lever him out of the pub or the bedroom.
Permalink trollop 
August 4th, 2005
Batsmen! Batsmen, batsmen!
Permalink KayJay 
August 4th, 2005
I rather liked the last Batman film myself.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 4th, 2005
407. Cripes.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
Over 5 runs an over for a Test innings is pretty unusual, though I have a feeling that the somewhat shortened boundary has something to do with that.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 4th, 2005
Ok! Ok, ok! Batsperson.

No shrinking violet this one: http://www.kevinpietersen.com/

Bletch.

Credit due - largest score in a day by any team against Australia since 1938.

Day 2 awaits.
Permalink trollop 
August 4th, 2005
He seems to be quite fond of himself...

Tomorrow should be interesting; it's not an insurmountable lead, but if we can repeat our "all out for 170" performance from the last test we'll be looking good.
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 4th, 2005
If England can bat like this, I guess Aussies will make 1000 in two days , and then will bowl out England on the remaining two days ;)

Seriously, time is also critical in a test match. Only one day has passed. Aussies have a lot of time in their hands, to bat sensibly and take a lead.
Permalink Hari 
August 5th, 2005
0 for 1 hmmm.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 5th, 2005
Off to a promising start, then... I managed to get permission to bring in a radio today, but I don't seem to be able to get Radio 4 LW. NOOOOooooooooooooooooo!

(The building I work in is some sort of steel framed affair and appears to act like a giant Faraday cage -- if you want to use a mobile phone you generally need to lean out of a window!)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
If you can lean out a window you can dangle a wire as an aerial (hint).
Permalink trollop 
August 5th, 2005
If I had any wire that would be a great idea. Sadly, though, I tend not to have any about my person. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
Mat, http://www.cricinfo.com/ , ball by ball commentary. Select the Live Scorecard option.

4.8 runs an over. Ponting is hold fort.
Permalink KayJay 
August 5th, 2005
Mat

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/4747973.stm#

online "radio"
Permalink el 
August 5th, 2005
I've been following the online summaries, but the radio has the advantage that I can listen to it in the background rather than having to keep stopping what I'm doing in order to catch up with play...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
You need a digital radio to get the Radio Five Live.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
August 5th, 2005
There's an audio feed if you click on the top right of what I assume is Radio Five, or whatever it is.
Permalink el 
August 5th, 2005
Unfortunately my employer blocks streaming media. (Heck, it wasn't that long ago that the entire interweb was off limits between 9am and 5pm.)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
Isn't there some software you can install on a server that you own, that will 'tunnel' any kind of requested IP traffic over http(s) to your client program at work where you can transform it back to the original protocol?

It is probably highly against the regulations of your employer, but if you are desperate?
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
August 5th, 2005
HTTP tunneling is an option, but I suspect that the traffic would get spotted fairly quickly. (And yes, it's also in violation of our Acceptable Use Policy, but then strictly speaking so is ?Off. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
181 for 3. Perhaps we should start praying for rain... :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
194 for 4. Yes Mat, we could do with a few drops ourselves now you've resorted to spin.

You work in IT and you don't have wire? You're surrounded by it. Lessee, speaker cables are about the right gauge ... fly leads ... hookup wire leading to the PA ...
Permalink trollop 
August 5th, 2005
All the wire I have is attatched to something, and my employer is so anal about things that even a humble bit of CAT5 cable needs a requisition form and whatnot to acquire. I did consider cannibalising an existing network cable and let whoever discovered it was missing deal with the paperwork, but in the end I was too lazy. :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
Wow, we actually have a reasonable lead going in to the second innings, although we don't seem to have got off to the most auspicious of starts. I can actually watch the damned thing tomorrow, so we'd better not play like a bunch of donkeys again...
Permalink Mat Hall 
August 5th, 2005
And as we all know now, the Poms played insufficiently badly to lose. Insufficiently by a long margin. Flintoff's channelling Bothham (big, aggressive, very capable allrounder) set it up but Harmison had the last laugh last night (about 3am for me) removing any hope at all. Warne can bat in a pinch, but his remaining partners aren't there for their batting so I fear he won't last long. All over red rover.

Crowd had a good day. Weather, weekend, winning ... BTW whence the costumes? There's a definite silly trend there that bears encouraging.
Permalink trollop 
August 6th, 2005
Bothham <- Botham. (hiicups)
Permalink trollop 
August 6th, 2005
Shane! That will get you on Wisden.

Who'd have thought Lee and Kasper would last so well. 15 needed to win...
Permalink trollop 
August 7th, 2005
2 to win. Nailbiter.

That was the ball Jones had to catch (and he did).
Well done, series now level.
Permalink trollop 
August 7th, 2005

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