I’ve been to the Melbourne Derby of the Big Bash League. Great atmosphere. Perfect family-friendly sporting event. Non-stop crowd engagement and loads of pyrotechnics and colour.
There were 37,000-odd people at the MCG during that game. The Melbourne Stars won by 1 run on the final delivery of the game. An ideal and exciting scenario for the Big Bash League (BBL) and their efforts to attract supporters and crowds and ratings and sponsors.
Nice of them to wear pyjamas given the game ran well past Kevin Pietersen’s bedtime.
But at the same time, something was niggling at me. I couldn’t shake it.
Shane Watson and Brad Haddin’s absence from the 2nd Test brought some fans joy, ambivalence or anxiety. Many were joyful at Watson’s overdue dropping from the Test team. Haddin left himself out for family reasons but with a very capable replacement and poor recent performances, we are not too upset. However I am leaning towards feelings of anxiety…
Seems about right
Sadly for Australia it was an all too familiar scene. A low total required on the last day of a Test Match for victory only to fall agonizingly short. Unbelievably, cruelly, throw-the-remote-through-the-TV-screen short.
So in the wash-up, the DRS system has taken a belting, as too has Draco Malfoy – sorry, Stuart Broad (everyone loves a scapegoat) but it’s important to look beyond the obvious and re-hash just what we learnt this test and therefore what to expect for the rest of the series.
Hopefully a lot less of this, for starters
It’s been a long time between drinks. Too long, in fact. We can think of no better way than to introduce a brand new – but more importantly – regular segment: Friday Funnies! We’re scanning the web to bring you a little bit of joy to your previously dull, everyday, vanilla Fridays. So, you’re welcome friends – now you can head into the weekend with a smile and a giggle or two.
I love New Zealand. Great place. Great people. More than any country (even Mother England or the Yanks) Australia can turn to New Zealand (and vice versa) when the going gets tough. They also boast the single greatest burger joint on earth.
Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand. God bless these burger maestros.
But when it comes to sport… all bets are off.
Cricket and rugby immediately spring to mind, but today I’m going to suggest that our fiercest rivalry with the Fush und Chup eating, jandal wearing, chillybin owning mob from across the Tasman is in a different sport altogether.
I think it is very important to understand your partner’s interests. It helps you to bond and it’s nice to be able to have a conversation about hobbies and likes. Understanding their interests can help you learn more your loved one, find out what they value and what makes them tick. Learning about their interests can also introduce you to new things that you too might come to love.
Unless that interest is cricket.
In an era of instant gratification, where activities and events that entertain the eye and not the mind reign supreme, the wonderful and compelling game of Test Match Cricket struggles to keep pace with its contemporaries. Yet in the last month or so this captivating sport has shown the world that it is still the most challenging, ruthless and brilliant to be played, and witnessed.