Friday, July 22

inanity

Bob Willis at the start of Day 1 (though you have the give the Sky team credit for this one, he was surely fed the lines) :
-said in a hopeless attempt at pulling off a Vegas announcer style-

"In the red and blue corner....England"
"In the yellow and green corner, Australia"
"The world heavyweight championship...."
and best of all
"Get ready to rumble"

Sheesh.

ps- I have added a count for the sessions won on the right. Thanks for the idea, Will (I think I got it from you?)

15 comments:

Ashwin Ramachandran said...

Ha Ha! Sounds like Bob Willis wanted a change from his monotonic, criticising, unfunny image. I'm stuck with following the game on BBC Radio, though Henry Blofeld is always good for a few laughs. And Big Merv is there too. Don't think Jonathan Agnew likes him too much though.

akr said...

Hmm- BBC Radio- I wonder what that might be like. I heard also that Merv Hughes is like the cheerleading leader for the aussies till he takes over as selector later- any excuse for a beer, I thought!

Everyone in the UK is watching the channel 4 feed, while outside it is the Sky one with the usual suspects from the Natwest.

worma said...

Akr, you can get bbc radio live feed on internet, but then if u have live television you wont hook up to radio. Anyway, about the sessions won thing, great idea. It will show real truth behind the oft repeated wisdom that you win test matches in sessions. So far Eng, despite being 2-1 ahead there, are hopelessly lagging behind in the match.

Hold on, on second thought, I dont think Eng won the second session. They let Aus get away. Imagine a 50 runs partnership betweek Warne and Katich...and amidst all this fast bowling destruction ! How did Eng manage to do that ? I think it was a 'tied' session, if not one favouring Aus. As I've said earlier also, Vaughan did lousy bit by not brining on Harmison for Warney. And in the whole innings at no point did Flintoff and Harmison bowl in tandem. The two bowlers almost entire Aus lineup was wary of !

akr said...

heck this session thing was always going to be contentious, and I planned to bring in an 'undecided' category when such a session happened. Despite Warne's runs, I definitely believe the second session was England's. In hindsight everything looks different, but judging the session purely by itself (which is what the idea is), England came out on top- how often is Australia all out on the first day for under 200?!

Scott said...

Not too often, I assure you. But a session win is not like a yes/no sort of thing, its more like a marks out of ten thing. So even though England won 2 sessions to 1, Australia won the day because they won their session by so much more.

akr said...

very pertinent, scott. This is anyhow not meant to be a definitive thing- it's just that its often said that Tests are won by session. So lets judge a session for itself, and see what they stats indicate.
o Australia won all three sessions ond Day2, right?

akr said...

or does KP's innings mean Session 1 was tied?

Scott said...

Maybe a tie. you can argue both ways so a tie is fair enough.

Ashwin Ramachandran said...

Battle of the tail-enders. Have you voted ;) ?

http://anothercricblog.blogspot.com

Just thought it would be fun to track the top scoring tail-ender considering the top order ain't doing that well so far. I think Day 3 so far, Australia are running away with the sessions now.

shakester said...

yup, voted ashwin.
Lets give England session 2 shall we? wrapped up Ausie innings, 65 runs no wicket lost. Let not the (relatively)lost cause take away from it....:)

Ashwin Ramachandran said...

Your session count is going to look terribly lopsided if the first test is anything to go by...sigh! I just so desperately wanted a close one.

akr said...

I know , I know- but don't lose hope yet- I hope, for our sake, the English can bounce back and give a good fight. I never expected them to win the Ashes, but I always hoped they'd put up a good fight.

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