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Message: There was a woman I knew, and before I ever knew her I knew I wanted to know her. She sat with someone I thought I almost recognised – smiling and listening with intent. She was clearly a woman that was comfortable in her skin. She was older than me, and she was simply beautiful.
I didn't dare approach her on that occasion, but for months later I could recall every nuance of her face and features. I would lie in bed and imagine her next to me as the summer storms simmered and boiled around us.
I would go back to that place in the hope she would be there again, but she wasn't. I ached for a woman I had never even met.
It was nearly a year later when I saw her again. I itched. Through entirely fortuitous circumstances I was introduced to her. Our early moments were awkward and clumsy as I staggered around like a new-born foal, but in time we would come to understand each other. We spent several months in Europe together when I was just out of my teenage years, and they were some of the most extraordinary months of my life. At times we would lie in bed together for what seemed like days on end. Often we wouldn't speak for hours – just lying there. She was simply beautiful.
Nearly two decades later I can recall intricate details of that time in Europe. What she ordered for breakfast on the third day. The answer to that Guardian crossword clue that had us rattled for the best part of an hour. Her scent well...I can smell her right now.
There was another woman I knew, and I knew what I was getting into before I even met her. She wasn't what you would call a classical beauty, but she had gone to a good deal of trouble to trap a man that night. Our lives crossed paths during a moment of personal weakness, and I was trapped. We made soul-less grunty love in a toilet cubicle in a dance club at 4am. At no point did I think to ask for her name, and I'm quite certain she didn't ask for mine.
Any recollections I have of that event are pretty scatty. She might have been wearing a short black dress...or even red. In fact, I'm not exactly sure which club we were in. But as The Beatles once noted:
"whatever gets you through the night"
The first woman I speak of – first class test cricket, and the second – 20/20.
I'm not here to tell any of you who you should wiggle and jiggle with, but what I will tell you is this...I can smell her right now.
Message: LOL, now that's my kind of post Moleboy...from the first word to last, it held my attention and brought back similar memories of my good years in europe with an angel who is now somewhere else...
Don't you hate temptation, and how nature introduces the chaotic one dimensional skank....it's a sick joke, and it's not any old skank either mind you, this in an evil malevolent sort of skank, one so evil they would so ignorantly walk right in front of the TV, with the phone to ear, waving her arms around making big Z shapes in the air, giving it the common as muck Debbie attitude to her older skankier mother, just.....just as the last ball, of the last test, pitches, darts in sharply on the Indian tail ender, impulsively you shout " GET OUT THE EFFING WAY YOU FAT COW " then all you hear is the comentators shriek and the crowd erupt...yup last ball, last test, right when they need a single to tie, the tracky dack skank parks her kelvinator figure right in front of the box so you miss the most important moment of the entire summers series, the very effing point you sat watching the last 5 days of this final test avoiding her and her smell, was for this one moment...
Hang on, she doesn't smell or look like the woman I'm looking for, she doesn't even like cricket FFS..!!
Message: Apologies for bringing this back to the surface, but I got a phone call from the first woman yesterday....out of the blue. She's marrying an expat Aussie, and she's down here meeting the in-laws.
She lives in Geneva, speaks four languages and crashed through the glass ceiling at the tail end of the previous millenium. She has coffees with people I read about.
She asked me what I was up to. I told her I retired from the workforce just before I hit the roaring forties, and these days I spend most of my time chasing kids around or volunteering.
Her response was pure gold: "I knew we'd both end up doing something important."
Message: Another analogy Sachin Tendulkar describes 20/20 as dessert. Very nice but you can't have too much or it will make you sick.
Seriously though I think all three "forms of the game" (this is now the most overused cliche is cricket commentry) can co-exist. However I would like the forums feedback on some suggestions I have to liven up 50 over cricket.
1. The batting powerplay. Brought in to liven up the middle overs teams are now leaving it as late as possible. The bowling team should have the chance to defend the last 10 overs as they see fit and the last 10 overs were a bash-a-thon anyway. Change 1: All powerplays must be taken by the start of over 36 so as finished by over 40.
2. All the rule changes seem to favour batsmen so how about one that rewards good bowling. Each bowler is limited to a 10 over maximum so Change 2: If a maiden over is bowled the bowler is allowed an extra over. This may put pressure on a batsman to score rather than "see-off" a bowler.
3. Pinch hitters - the most radical idea. We saw this first used to effect in the 1987 World Cup final when Australia used Craig McDermott at no. 4 to pick the run rate up. The idea has never taken off as it effectively costs two wickets, the wicket you lose to bring the pinch hitter in and the wicket you sacrifice in pursuit of quick runs. Change 3: Batsmen can be retired without being injured and return later in the innings. If a player is struggling - get him off and someone else in. If the powerplay is called bring on the big hitter. This allows a range of possibilities. A team can fly out of the gates in the first 10 overs with say a Cameron White, bench him after the first powerplay and keep him for the last 10. Or when the powerplay is called by the bowling team, bring Mitchell Johnson or Brett Lee in
Message: You are a very sick man Molesy. A most entertaining post although the game is primarily a snorefest. Consider that the main spectactor component of this code's interstate fixtures comprises the occasional seagull and you can get what I'm saying. Cricket does have its moments though and can be exciting and rewarding, at international level, especially when an arrogant team is pulled down a rung or three. And just a reminder that 20/20 is NOT cricket.
Good luck when you meet REAL women. Take it easy :)
Message: greyshot, I agree in theory re 20/20, but I've been to a handful of games and in all except one, the team batting first has put up 180-200 and the chasing team has slumped to about 3/20 in the first five overs, after which time the games have tottered along to their inevitable ends with the chasing team getting rolled for 100-130. The final 10-12 overs of each of those games have been far more boring than anything I've seen in ODIs because, absent a Kieron Pollard type innings, there is little to no chance of coming back from a bad start when chasing a decent score.
Message: I am a long term cricket fan. I have been a member at the WACA for 25 years and never miss a day of the Perth Test. I usually go to the ODI's at the WACA but I would never cancel another engagement to attend. ODI's always seem so calculated. You go there expecting excitement and yet always have to endure that mid innings flat spot whilst they wait until it is safe to launch the final assault. I am afraid that ODI's just never "got me." And if the team that bats first fails to post a competitive score well you might as well pack up and go home. Ah but 20/20 that is another game altogether. It delivers what ODI has promised to deliver. I never miss a Big Bash.....I love 'em. It truly is a different game to Test cricket and I think because of the dramatic difference in the two games I am confident that they can both co-exist. It is the 50/50 that needs to go.
Author: MD Timestamp:- 20/11/2009 11:55:59 AM Subject: Re: Analogies
Message: May I suggest that those of you who find test cricket boring are ignorant to the intricacies of the game. As a bloke brought up and brainwashed by a cricket mad family, who for much of my childhood couldn't afford TV and therefore still listened to the game on radio, it is the greatest sport there is!! I will never, ever forget laying awake at night listening to Australia's tours of the Carribean.
May I also suggest that the lady in the short dress was the equivalent of Geoffrey Edelstone's vulgar new squeeze, whilst the love of your life was Francesca Cumani.
Message: I regard myself as a cricket tragic. My father introduced me to the game, but it wasn’t until I was about 10 years old that I showed some prowess at the game after spending an entire summer bowling at the incinerator and hitting a ball in a stocking tied to the clothesline.
From that moment on I engrossed myself in the history of the game and devoted numerous hours watching test cricket on television. I consider myself a luck cricket follower in that I came through a period of strength – weakness – rebuild and leadership with the Australian cricket team. The same period also saw the ‘proper’ introduction of one day cricket following WSC. This period provided so many lasting memories in both test and one day format that I can recall them as vividly as yesterday.
As my life became busier both in work and family and coupled with Australia’s dominance and the abundance of one day games, I found my interest began to wane and the devotion to watching and following the game decreased. Series such as the 2004 Indian Tour, 2005 Ashes and last years South African series saw my interest rekindled with Australia under challenge. But now with the prospect of one-sided summer this year, my interest will probably be passing at best.
One of my kids is a young boy aged 6 who up until the last few months showed great aptitude at Nintendo, Playstation and WII but little or no interest in sport. Summer school sport has had an impact on him as he has talked about playing cricket and has asked ‘Santa’ for some cricket stuff for Christmas.
Sensing his interest, I suggested we might go to the cricket this year. His reply damming for the future of test cricket: “Yeh, really! Can we go to a game where they hit all the sixes and it doesn’t go too long? My mates say it is better than watching the game when they wear white”.
So potentially in 12 year time my young boy will be in that bar and pass the night with the red dress, good time girl. Mind you his old man may be with him for moral support…
Cheers, Night Flight
PS: Nice to read you mcg. Hope the new avatar in not an early crow...
Message: Skins golf, Rugby 7's, 3 on 3 basketball, 70m sprints for the fast men on the planet, short course swimming etc, etc. All designed to make great sports look even more attractive, or thats how they were promoted. And look how popular they are now with fans and competitors.
20/20 is a fad that will have its place at the bottom of the cricketing ladder just like all the rest of the flavour of the year creations for the already established sports.
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