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The Ashes Part Three - Glory, glory

We won! Wonderful last day, with a young bloke from England showing so much class and fight that I honestly thought they might just pull it off. (The main character in 'Fever Pitch'? The one who is absolutely pessimistic about, and completely caught up with, his soccer team? That's me.) But in the end we got there, and it's just the best Christmas present - if something as ephemeral as sport can be categorised thus. Oh, look, I know in the grander scheme of things this is a trifle, but right now I am ecstatic to a height comparable to the depths of the previous three losses, so...

Nice to see the Aussies clapping young Stokes, and Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin acknowledging him even in their triumph.



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Dec. 17th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)
I was watching (and worrying just a little that we might not pull it off) and yes it's a bloody fantastic feeling. And to do it 3-nil with 2 tests left to go makes it even better.

Plus, an added bonus for me, we did it in my home town.

Congrats Aussie on a very well deserved win. Now just to hang on to the damn Urn for a few years!!
Dec. 17th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I was worried, alright. When young Stokes was going, and they only needed 180 odd with four wickets in hand... all the history said no, of course, but that's when records are made. And if the English had done that, I couldn't see Oz getting the momentum back. Well done, Nathan Lyon! once we got Stokes it was all over.

I was delighted it was in Perth, because it meant I got home from work in time to watch the post-lunch session!

I've been a Pup fan from the moment I saw him playing with Tugga as an exuberant, joyous, ridiculously gifted 23 year old. I'm so pleased for him, and for Brad Haddin. And Steve Smith, he seems to have the right attitude, too- just needed to know what it's like to win!

Dec. 19th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
We did! We still do! Very happy days. Thank you!
Dec. 22nd, 2013 04:52 am (UTC)
whooo hooo indeed...I'm going to try to get to watch in Sydney ...Happy Christmas- I hope you have not melted in the last few dayss- 40 here at the moment
Dec. 23rd, 2013 04:10 am (UTC)
Oh, Sydney would be great! Yeah, we've had four days of 40 degrees plus. My little house couldn't cope, and it's been oven-like at night. But cooler today, thank goodness.

I hope you get to watch another Aussie victory... we tend to drop the ball a bit (metaphorically) there. Or maybe it just seems to be the place where we lose dead rubbers.

Happy Christmas to you and yours!
Dec. 29th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
I've just seen the end of the fourth test. Depressing. I arrived in Sydney this morning and was hoping for a miracle in Melbourne. No such luck.
Dec. 29th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
I honestly thought you might get it... Believe me, a very nervous night/ morning..

Welcome! I hope you have a lovely time here. I wish we could catch up, but I'm a fair way away (and broke, sadly). Not fun as an English supporter, but then, you've had three years of celebrations. I wish people would stop bagging the English players quite so much, though- I have no doubt that they're trying their hardest. How about credit to the opposition?

Oh, just learned there's fires on the nearby hill...
Dec. 29th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
Sorry, back again. The hill down the street is ablaze, but the wind's taking it parallel to us, so we'll just keep our eyes on it. Lots of flashing lights, lots of spot fires glowing in the dark.

I continue to like Ali Cooke as a batsman/person but loathe him as a captain. I mean, what was he doing? Men out on the boundary... Australia got 5 wickets for 6 runs in a spell yesterday - there' s always the chance if you stay on the attack. And why not give your spinner a better trot? KP continues to frustrate - he was your best batsman and yet he really didn't enhance his rep thanks to the way he got out each innings. But again, I'm sure they're trying, and desperately wanting to win, and hurting like hell. I hate it when people go on about being 'gutless', just because a bowler like Mitch has crashed through your defences. I bet every one of the English batsmen wished like hell to stay out there, be the hero. And all those armchair warriors would probably shit themselves on the pitch...

Never mind. There's always a chance for your mob in Sydney. We have a shocking record in dead rubbers at the SCG.

If you want to have a phone chat, my email is corbyinoz@gmail.com and I'd send you my number.
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