Another one of mine is back in 1994 when I got dropped off at the Gabba by my folks for the Ashes Test. I bought David Gower's autobiog for him to sign (he was doing commentary). And who do you think we parked near when I got dropped off at the Seven-Eleven? None other than the man himself -in the flesh! He was my favourite cricketer at the time, and for a young tacker to have a little chat with him and get him to make his signature out to me was a huge buzz.
Showing the "highlights" of Edgbaston 0D on Fox now. What a ****ing joke. You can see the mint-infested drool running down Simon Jones chin.
Funny what you forget though - Ponting was a monty for a ton in the 1st dig til he got out sweeping to bloody Giles. It's like one of those bad telemovies where the gumby kid comes on, sinks a winning 3 pointer for the high school team and gets the cheerleader.
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And I thought of you, Burgey, as I saw Shane Warne tucking a packet of Extra Strong Mints back into his sock while fielding at slip.
Personally, I've not the slightest doubt that Shane Warne, who's never been known to push the limits of sporting behaviour in any way at all, would have been whiter-than-white and would have scrupulously avoided using his mint-infused saliva to work on the ball, but there are those who would be less charitable.
Paragon of virtue our Warne, on the field at least. Clapped Pietersen at The Oval, saluted Jaques Rudolph in Perth, and so on. Never pushed the boundarues at all on the field .
And that footage you speak of was clearly doctored. They cut away from Warney and superimposed Vaughan's leg, Your Honour.
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What's more, who on Earth was ever going to turn-down the chance of what was in reality a near-certain victory to continue on the road to a five-nil? People forget, given how well Butcher played, that chasing 315 on a dicey deck (which is what Headingley's almost always has been at most stages in its history) is highly implausible. Replay that fifth day on 100 occasions and Australia might well win 100 of them.
That innings is one of the best I've ever seen and it really annoys me when people discredit it by making-out it was a generous declaration.
Without Freddie there's precious little question the series in India would've been won by India - maybe three-nil, maybe one-nil.
Duncan Fletcher said that draw was even better than the Ashes victory and while it certainly wasn't in terms of how enjoyable it was for players and fans, it might well have been in terms of how much of an achievement it was.
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