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1279598.  Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:24 am Reply with quote

So, Lehmann has "jumped" suggesting that cricket Australia needs a complete overhaul.
Although I wonder if they can recover from the withdrawal of the team sponsor?

1279599.  Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:01 am Reply with quote

Alfred E Neuman wrote:
So, the six words that save Lehmann from being dismissed were “What the fuck is going on?”, which was his response to the images of Bancroft sanding the ball. Fair enough.

I’m still predicting that he won’t be the coach for very much longer.

And it seems that "won’t be the coach for very much longer" turned out to be 24 hours with the news that Lehmann is standing down at the end of the current test in South Africa (though, as others note, it sounds more like he was persuaded to stand down).

1279608.  Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:57 am Reply with quote

Given that this comes only one day after he had said that he would not be resigning, it does seem likely that he was pushed.

The favourite to replace him is reckoned to be Justin Langer, but no thank you. Nothing against Mr Langer, but do we need yet more excuses for Andy to tell his "The day I got Justin Langer out" story? In any case, the good man says he would place his single Zimbabwean dollar on Jason Gillespie.

1279662.  Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:27 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Husband informs me that he will be oiling his bat over the Easter weekend..

I initially thought this was an euphemism.
Perhaps it is.

1279674.  Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:40 am Reply with quote

That opportunity for smut completely passed me by!

But I really was referring to his 2' 8¾" of willow rather than anything else. In stuff I just learned, the maximum length of a cricket bat is 3' 2", but in practice no one makes them quite that long since only a player who was 7' tall would be able to wield so long a bat properly.

There are several sizes readily available, ranging from Size 3 (2' 4¾") which is aimed at people of around eight years old, to Long Handle (2' 10⅜") aimed at people who stand in excess of 6'3". Andy has always used a bat of size Harrow, which is an odd name but perhaps suggests that it is aimed mainly at older schoolboys, as indeed it is.

It's an uncommon choice for an adult, but apparently the Great Sir Leonard Hutton - of whom some of you probably know more than I - also favoured it.

At 5' 8", Andy is on the short side of average for an adult man; at 5' 7", his daughter is tall for an adult woman. She actually uses a bigger bat than he does (a Short Handle, 2' 9½") despite being slightly shorter - and she's done a thing which Andy hasn't done for many many years and bought herself a new one for 2018.

But no bat oiling today. That had been the plan, but because bat oiling is best done outdoors and it's pissing down, it will wait another day.

1279730.  Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:30 pm Reply with quote

I tried oiling my bat the other day, and the little f*cker bit me! I now have to get a rabies shot.........

1279739.  Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:51 pm Reply with quote

Oh dear, once I had raised the smut factor, I wondered where crissdee's utterance was going....😉

1303824.  Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:03 pm Reply with quote

It would seem that sledging has just gone extreme and it isn't just for cricketters


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