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17 December 2010 @ 11:38 pm
Advent-ures in boggling, redux  
Oh dear. England? What on earth was that?

Current theories to explain today's events include:
1. The WACA is currently the Greatest Bowling Wicket In The World.
2. England were up far too late last night following Liz Hurley and Shane Warne's twitter streams.
3. There is a God, and Mitchell Johnson is is cousin.
4. England have taken a look at the last two tests, realised there are still two to go, and noticed that things were about to become Very Boring Indeed so played today as though it were a friendly.
5. Someone is finally thinking of the day five day four ticket holders. Possibly the day three ticket holders at the rate things are going.

PS Spent the afternoon at work Christmas lunch (in pub, 30m from my house, joy!), with the cricket on downstairs. Three of us were Brits and would take the occasional journey down to see how things were going. I admit that at first there was a degree of gloating. As things worsened, rationalisation took the place of gloating (see above). Some time around five, my compatriot M came upstairs, shaking his head. 'I walked into the bar, and looked at the screen,' he told me. 'And I said "Oh, that's not good!" and everyone else looked at me and shook their heads and the barman said "It's bloody good" and I thought, ooh, wrong crowd. Wrong crowd ...'
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 17th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That makes perfect sense to me! I have to say that it is obviously vengeance for our hubris, because just before play began today, M and I were teasing our friend C, who is a ferocious Australia fan, and saying 'It's just so much nicer to beat a good team. Why can't we have nice things?'

She was suitably gracious later in the day, I believe her cackling was entirely supportive.
(Anonymous) on December 17th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)

Just saying ...

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 17th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Don't think the thought didn't cross my mind!
Loyaulte Me Lie: wrong'unshocolate on December 17th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
4, clearly.

Also, the likelihood of getting out of the country with the requisite number of limbs, after a 4-0 victory... also, making Sydney a dead rubber....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 17th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's what I think. Either that or they were all hopelessly hungover ... I was laughing at the local commentators who were so dismissive of Johnson, though. If there's a better man of the match, it will be something amazing.
mama_pyjamamama_pyjama on December 17th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Number 4 - it's too cold here in England to want to come home early. And there would be little point in playing in Sydney if it is all over bar the shouting.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 17th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hee! My friend C thinks that all the single hotties on the England team are just hoping for sympathy shags, which they are more likely to get here than a victory one ;-)
burdened with glorious purposefemmequixotic on December 17th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
I gave up at the lunch break and went to bed, cursing Johnson roundly. :/
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 17th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
At least he's handsome. I feel so much less awful when hot people are involved ...
burdened with glorious purposefemmequixotic on December 17th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
The pretty definitely does help.

It's amazing how absolutely lovely cricketers are. I think the hotness-to-player ratio may actually surpass that of the World Cup.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 17th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
To be fair, most of the Australian team resemble one form of spud or another ;-)
burdened with glorious purposefemmequixotic on December 17th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
But England MORE than makes up for them. :)

(I may have developed an enormous crush on Swanny recently. *looks shifty*)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 17th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
That would be because you have good taste! Yes there are possibly two passable Australians but almost all of the England team is tasty. I have decided I should focus on Cook, because the others are all far too tall!
burdened with glorious purposefemmequixotic on December 17th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Cook is lovely! As are Broady and Finn, both of whom are my other two crushes. *G* (I seem to have a thing for the tall ones. I think it's a reaction to my own distinct lack-of-height.) I think Broad/Finn may now be my secret OTP. As Noe says, I am far too predictable. :D

Oh, and Anderson. I must say I love Anderson. His little quirky face has grown on me.
Cerisewivern on December 18th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
And it was going so well. *grumbles*

Think of me in Melbourne supporting England. *g* I know it is better if it's a real contest. But I want us to win!