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26 December 2010 @ 03:23 pm
Ah the silly season ...  
It is our habit to be complete slugabeds on Boxing Day*. Which is why Mr Brammers staggered from bed and into the shower at 3pm. On coming out of the shower, with something approaching a compis mentis, he looked at the cricket on the television and asked, 'How's it going?'

'Good,' I replied. 'For me.'

He peered at the score across the bottom of the screen. His jaw dropped. 'Oh what?! Holy Mother of God!' Yep. 9 wickets had fallen for 92 runs.

In a bid to cheer themselves up, the Australian commentary team showed the score cards from the Centenary test back in 1977, where Australia also suffered a first innings batting collapse, but England suffered a worse one. Of course, I was busy laughing at Mr B through this period, so when we turned back to the telly, we were momentarily baffled as we read down the order. 'Who? What?' we said.

'Oh, it's 1977,' I said as the England card came up and I recognised names. 'I remember that era -- was there ever a more pernicious phrase in the English language than caught Marsh, bowled Lillee?'

'I'll let you know in a few days,' moped Mr B.**


* And sundry other days throughout the year when we think we can get away with it.
** A minute later Australia were dismissed for 98. The commentary team are cheering themselves up with the possibility that this is just another fabbo bowling wicket, which I would scoff at, but given how this series has been going so far ...
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Cerise: Christmas baublewivern on December 26th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Cautiously happy.
My goodness. Cricket is a funny game.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: Cautiously happy.
I think it was Tony Greig who said there seemed to be a competition for who could stage the most comprehensive first innings collapse -- and he's right!
Loyaulte Me Lie: wrong'unshocolate on December 26th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
You slept through it, leaving me here gibbering!!

98.

Ach, centenary test is all very well - what happneed in the 1977 Ashes!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
I was up a couple of hours before him. But yes, missed the top order :-( Still, very happy with what I saw!

I cannot blame the Aussies for taking what consolation they can. I can only hope that it is hollow.
Loyaulte Me Lieshocolate on December 26th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
And all caught behind or in the slips... self destructive insanity!!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
I have no idea what they were thinking after the first few wickets fell -- it was blindingly obvious what England was doing, but there was no adaptation in the face of it. You're right, insanity.
Catherine17catherines on December 26th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
Yes, I was watching that - wandered out to the kitchen, wandered back, saw the scoreboard and went, wait, G Chappell?!

My brother is an MCC member, and is at the game today. I took great pleasure in emailing him and asking whether this was a test match or a one-day game?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
Ooh, you're mean. I like that!

I started listening to your advent music series last night -- beautiful stuff. Thank you so much for posting it!
Catherine17catherines on December 26th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad you're enjoying it.
jekni: Knit or Killjekni on December 26th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
All out for 98! Yahooooo! I gave up barracking for Australia in the cricket about 15 years ago. The lack of sportsmanship and sheer nastiness of running up 600+ innings left me feeling tarnished. And I was born in Essex, anyway!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
You have a choice! And I congratulate you on making the right one ;-)

And yes, that's why I cannot bring myself to support the Australian cricket team, while I have no trouble in football.
Kilian Ruadhms_kilian on December 26th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Ponting must go
Opps - Aussies just gave the Brits 5 off a no ball! tee hee!
Normally I am an Aussie supporter, but I have no respect for Ponting and his men. I hope this ushers in the next era of Aussie cricket - a return to grace.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: Ponting must go
I'd like to see them actually go back to being gracious. I remember when the teams were friendly and courteous while still being extremely competitive on the field. There's just so much nastiness now, that Peter Siddle was vile this week. Nasty little man, I hope Cook wallops him.
burdened with glorious purpose: Broad_ballfemmequixotic on December 26th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
One of my dearest friends emailed me just a few minutes ago from Oz, saying "are you having a good time, enjoying our collective decimation?"

Why yes, yes, I am. *g* And now I cross fingers, toes and eyes for the rest of the match...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
Well, if we're allowed to kill one tenth of them, I vote for Siddle rather than Ponting, given he's such a nasty piece of work.

Your crossing appears to have worked a treat!
Shivshiv5468 on December 26th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
What was Siddle saying?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Tragically I can't recall, it was recently on the news and he was a smug, potato-faced little weasel who exhibited bad sportsmanship, and so deserves to look like that.
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on December 26th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Poor Mr B. I bet he woke up quickly after that.

(It's a wonderful thing, isn't it?)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
He spent the day walking through the living room shaking his head in increasing horror. It was lovely :-)
Brissygirl: face palm lion iconbrissygirl on December 26th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
I can't stand the game! I find that the Aussie are all out before lunch quite hilarious!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
To be fair, it was a little after lunch. (*Snort!*)
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on December 26th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
I missed the total drubbing being busy visiting a friend in hospital - and just heard our pitiful score on the news! Holy CRAP! Not sure I want to see anymore... well done England.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Of course you should watch tomorrow -- Mr Cook is worth watching even if he is breaking your heart ;-)
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on December 26th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Alas - no TV in the car whilst driving to Sidenee - he would be entirely too distracting :)
Shivshiv5468 on December 26th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
It appears THat someone nipped out between innings and changed it to a batting track.

Gigglesnort
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
Mr B walked through the living room once or twice an hour, muttering more despairingly each time ;-)
Shivshiv5468 on December 26th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Ah, lovely.

I find the Australian attitude to a losing test match team rather puzzling. If the English went home early every time we did badly, we'd never see anything.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
To be fair, it was running late, and trying to fit on a tram when the crowds are coming home from a Boxing Day out at the sales and cinema can be hell ...

That and after that many hours in that sun you are dying of heat exhaustion anyway. How people can do it outside of a corporate box I'll never understand.
Shivshiv5468 on December 26th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
Doesn't being fair get in the way of gloating?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
I find they're actually more annoyed if you can pause in endless renditions of the Hallelujah Chorus long enough to say 'Oh, of course, it's a dreadful shame for Ponting ... I do feel for you ...'
Shivshiv5468 on December 26th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Snerfles.

~takes notes~

I do need to ring the changes with my gloating at the Australian flist.

I did find that Siddle was saying that sledging was fine and all in fun. Sooooo, we'll see how he feels about that tonight.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
That was it! And that the English were soft for not approving of it. He deserves to have that head of his.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
PS My LJ friend 17catherines has a brilliant Australian response to the day at her LJ (and, as a side note, she also has listings of unbelievably gorgeous advent music if you go back two days).
Randy: chibi!Adam WLLdrgaellon on December 26th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
You realize that was entirely unintelligible to most of us in America... and SOME of us are working on Boxing Day. (It's 7am here in New York, and I'm awaiting a phone call from the night hospitalist to endorse, then I'm off to the hospital myself...)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
It's true, but since Sarah Palin and Lady Gaga are both incomprehensible to me, I feel it's only turnabout and therefore fair play ;-)

And I am so sorry. Australia is even better than England when it comes to public holidays at this point, as pretty much the whole country says, 'Eh, there's really no point going back between Christmas and New Year. Stuff it, take the week off.'

I hope you have a lovely peaceful evening with no one suffering from any turkey-related incidents!