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2005-07-21 01:00:06 PM  
Sorry, had to post that fast and got interupted :-)

So we're at 88 for six at the end of that over, and Warne takes up the bowling again.

Yes, so he got a lot of focus on his off-pitch life because of the divorce announcement (as he bowls and there's a shout for LBW but it's not given) and I think most people side with his missus. There's no doubt he makes himself a big target with his efforts to give up smoking (two days!) and now his hair replacement ads. Couple that with him blaming his mum for his drug scandal, and he's seen as a bit of a wanker really, and we only tolerate him because he can bowl.

Unfortunately he knows that... Though come the moment his perforance drops he's going to know what it's like to live through a shark feeding frenzy.

At the end of his over we're 90 for six, and we're up to the last over the day, apparently. Lee takes up the ball.
2005-07-21 01:01:38 PM  
A series of short deliveries, no score off them...
2005-07-21 01:01:46 PM  
I had no idea he was shilling for a hair replacement place. Has he sampled the product himself? Cuz that's just sad.
2005-07-21 01:03:28 PM  
16 wickets have fallen today, they're syaing... it's the highest first day Ashes total at Lords since 1936. Now thats an obscure stat to look up. I must have got the dates messed up previously. Oh well.
2005-07-21 01:04:11 PM  
Lee takes another!!!!!! Caught behind Gilly!
2005-07-21 01:04:46 PM  
Not only was he caught behind, he trod on his stumps anyway!
2005-07-21 01:04:57 PM  
Wow. 16 wickets. Odds on this match lasting into the fourth day don't seem very high.
2005-07-21 01:05:58 PM  
What the?
That just reinforces my previous statement. Softened Giles up throughout the over, and then managed to get him. Perfect end to the day.
2005-07-21 01:06:08 PM  
Well, thats the way to finish the day... they're now 7 wickets down without breaking a ton.

Lee had him standing right back and high, and in his efforts to deflect managed to lean on his foot on the stumps...

92 for 7 in total at the end of the day.
2005-07-21 01:08:20 PM  
I just realised it's been the two of us posting for the last 15 minutes. We're the only ones following right till the end?
2005-07-21 01:08:55 PM  
Awesome news. I thought Australia was well farked at midday ; now I'm much happier :)
2005-07-21 01:09:21 PM  
Well, after that, they're gunna be talking about that pitch all night. So many bowled, an insane amount actually...

Still, Ponting must be happy now... must have known his bowlers could do even better than the England boys.

I wonder what the lowest scoring Ashes has been? This is the type of match that gets the stats boys all worked
2005-07-21 01:10:08 PM  
There's no doubt he makes himself a big target with his efforts to give up smoking (two days!) and now his hair replacement ads.

Please don't tell me he's shilling for Advanced Hair

/ yeah yeah!
2005-07-21 01:11:40 PM  
You people are sick. How many billions of beings died in that war and now you make light of it.

2005-07-21 01:11:40 PM  
92/7. wow. just wow.
2005-07-21 01:13:08 PM  
The Icelander: A reference to HHGTG that has been made a dozen times already in the thread is never obscure.
2005-07-21 01:13:18 PM  
No worries, it seems no one else thejoyofpi, leperboy69, hooker... were'd you guys go?

And I was right, they keep raising questions about that pitch.
2005-07-21 01:13:40 PM  
Low scoring matches always tend to bring up debate about the pitches. Makes the game more exciting, I think. The pressure of chasing 150 is much higher than chasing 400+, as Australia themselves have shown a few times recently.
2005-07-21 01:15:57 PM  
Ahhh there you are :-)

Please don't tell me he's shilling for Advanced Hair

Unfortunately yes. You'd think he would know better.

And I understand, not everyone can post fantically like
2005-07-21 01:16:16 PM  

I had to some work before I got my arse kicked ;)
2005-07-21 01:16:59 PM  
Unfortunately yes. You'd think he would know better.

Ahahahahaha....fantastic. Is Greg Matthews doing the ads with him as well? hehehehe...
2005-07-21 01:17:33 PM  
Had to disappear for an hour and the score is still one that makes me cry on the inside. Nice to see that Warne hasn't seen much play though :)
2005-07-21 01:18:03 PM  
This thread was worth reading for the comments by confused Americans.

/go Scotland!
2005-07-21 01:18:29 PM  

And I understand, not everyone can post fantically like

I was supposed to be studying. But that's gone down the drain now. Oh well, always tomorrow.
2005-07-21 01:20:24 PM  
I'm not sure...I've actually spent the last six months in the UK, but got back home this week. I have yet to see the ads, though I might do my best *not* to.

Strangely appropriate music from the end of coverage credits "Where's Your Head At?"
2005-07-21 01:22:24 PM  
Pffft, work... in the words of our greatest PM ever: "any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum!"
2005-07-21 01:22:48 PM  

Cricket is the thinking-man's sport. ADD-ridden Americans can't handle a game that lasts longer than a couple of hours. I expect extra-terrestrial life would appreciate the enormous strategy and endurance exhibited in Test Cricket, as well as the good sportsmanship.

Yeah, that's why the baseball season is 162 games long. That's why we'll sit through 3.5 hours of boring baseball to watch the few minutes of exciting baseball. That's why I drove two hours to Cincinatti (and two hours back) last night to watch my team, the Cubs, go scoreless for eight innings. Thankfully, I was rewarded by back-to-back homeruns, but still, they lost 9-3.

That's why we sit there for a game that has a 5 second spurt of activity every minute.

Yeah, we can't stand to watch stuff when there isn't a bunch of flashy colors and fast action.


And here I was, going to explain the phrase "shrimp on the barbie" to you. It comes from a 1990 movie with that name starring Cheech Marin about a guy who can't get a break in Hollywood, so he goes to Australia. He meets this woman who hires him to be her fiancee since her dad didn't like her real one.

It's a terrible movie that came out when the US had that brief love affair with Australians that also spawned Crocodile Dundee and that stupid "do you come from the land down under" song.
2005-07-21 01:23:34 PM  
ghost_who_walks: No worries, it seems no one else thejoyofpi, leperboy69, hooker... were'd you guys go?

Oh, I care. But my colleagues here thought I should do some "work". I think it's an outrage. :-)
2005-07-21 01:24:37 PM  
Hopefully we'll get a discussion thread tomorrow also. I'd be happier if we got one throughout the series, but that might be a bit much to hope for.
2005-07-21 01:26:12 PM  
uzzmaan: heartily seconded. Admins, please, please greenlight another one of these tomorrow..
2005-07-21 01:29:40 PM  
thirded. Another discussion thread would be lurverly!
2005-07-21 01:29:56 PM  
Oh dear...and we'd been getting along so well!

(The song Down Under was around looooooong before 1990, check it out here)

Please don't take little_wing's comments to heart. Most Australians don't feel that strongly about baseball.

We'd just like to be able to talk about the cricket, and how we just managed to turn a disaster into some somewhat respectable.
2005-07-21 01:33:23 PM  
I also cast my vote for another tomorrow, though I do plan to be drinking tomorrow night. Hopefully I'll be back in front of a computer again to textcast it for those of you sorry sods who are stuck workin...

Oooh, drunken comentary...awesomo!

And thejoyofpi, just use the Bob Hawke quote above on your co-workers! :-)

Time for bed...see you in tomorrow's thread y'all!
2005-07-21 01:36:44 PM  
Yes, all, I'm off too. Let's hope we get another thread tomorrow. Till then, let's all reflect on the wonderful day's play
2005-07-21 01:38:23 PM  
I hope to see another thread tomorrow as this one was my first ever approved link :)
2005-07-21 01:42:21 PM  
We'd just like to be able to talk about the cricket, and how we just managed to turn a disaster into some somewhat respectable.

From an Aussie perspective, I would have thought that getting England to 92/7 (or whatever it is now) is more than "somewhat respectable"!
2005-07-21 01:47:03 PM  
No Catchy Nickname, yes, but it is somewhat offset by the mediocore total of all out for 190 in the first two sessions. Still, let us see what tomorrow brings. Hopefully a new thread at least, or we'll all have to hang out in here again, and this one is getting long and hard to scroll. And also it smells bad.

/I'm a whale biologist!
//...who doesn't really like whales
///They're the gentle giants of the sea you know
////I'm perfectly aware of that!
//Why the hell am I still posting? Go to bed already!
2005-07-21 01:47:54 PM  

no worries, mate.

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2005-07-21 01:50:57 PM  
Well, I can't watch the game on TV here, but looking at the scores I can only guess it was an awful batting wicket. In fact, when I first saw the score on the Yahoo headlines, I thought they must be playing the test at Headingley.
2005-07-21 01:54:08 PM  
Great googley moogley, I've got a really stickey wicket
2005-07-21 02:30:27 PM  
????? I have never been so confused by a headline as now. Unfortunately the article did not clarify things.
2005-07-21 02:33:45 PM  

he he he
2005-07-21 02:42:55 PM  
Yeah, I like to make up words too.
2005-07-21 02:50:26 PM  
wtf, canterbury tales is easier to read than this sh*t
2005-07-21 03:05:05 PM  
What an amazing first days play. 300 odd runs and 17 wickets, the crowd certainly got their moneys worth.

Congrats to Pidgeon on his 500th wicket.:)
2005-07-21 03:09:08 PM  
Was so worried about my bet at the end of Australia's innings but I knew England are quite skilled at losing a good lead.

ghost_who_walks: love the reference to Bob there

Oh ah Glen McGrath!
2005-07-21 03:43:10 PM - uninterrupted live coverage from 5am ET - 1pm.

/use WMP or Winamp as Realplayer sucks
2005-07-21 03:43:45 PM  
5:20am **
2005-07-21 03:51:43 PM  
How often do they have draws where the sun goes down before the second innings are completed?
2005-07-21 03:52:26 PM  
What fun. I personally will be watching the live coverage from work tomorrow, as that is what they pay me for. Betting agencies rule! Good work ghost who walks, keeping those poor people without SBS in touch. See you tomoz Darth Awesomeo. And for you English people, When I say Rice, you say Pea.

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