the heroes of sydney

Mike Hussey:

Who I thought (and still do) should have been dropped sometime during his great drought.

But did get dropped more times than Bobby Brown.

Still, even with all that fumbling behind him, he held firm and was the man when it mattered.

Nathan Hauritz:

I once considered going back in time to break his arms as a child.

Got some lucky wickets, one that almost cost him his thumb, and got some tail enders.

His second five wicket haul on the trot. Lucky or not, that is impressive, and I salute anyone who can do that in test cricket in this day and age.

Shane Watson:

Said he shouldn’t open the batting.

He still shouldn’t be opening the batting, but only because he now gets wickets.

I’ve checked this, and 97 is only three runs short of a hundred, and 3 runs would not have made a difference to this game.

The SCG pitch:

Over the years the MCG pitch has been bagged, quite rightly, but the SCG has got awway with pitches that blind many looking for their cat could score double hundreds on it.

Pakistan might have made this a better pitch by batting on it like it was a forgotten minefield.

Hard to bat on the first day, easier on the second and third, and produces a tight result on the fourth, drop this pitch in every ground in the world.

And finally, Kamran:

Over the years I have bagged Kamran about his appearance but said he is a classy player.

This test might have moved me to the other side.

His three drops were as bad as I have seen from a test match keeper.

And the worst bit was that it looked like the pressure got to him even at the stage when there was no reason for that to be the case.

He was the true hero of Sydney, just not for his side, and he was the only one before this test i would have stood up for.

Not anymore.

It is my birthday today, so buy my book, get a t-shirt, or donate to the whisky fund.

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0 thoughts on “the heroes of sydney

  1. BT says:

    Happy B’day Uncie J

    I thought Kamran dropped four catches (Hussey thrice, Siddie once) and missed a run out (Twatto).

    Not to mention – he failed with the bat twice.

    I, too, used to rate him as a player. Tis sad how low he’s come.

  2. Miriam says:

    Happy birthday!

  3. Deep Cower says:

    Happy birthday, Jarrod!

  4. Leg Break says:

    Am I allowed to say Happy Birthday too?

    BT’s right; it was 4 dropped catches. Plus he wasted 2 referrals including one that clearly came off the arm. A few overs after that there was a pretty plumb LBW but guess what…
    .-= Leg Break´s last blog ..2009 Backroom Deals and Bullying Batsman =-.

  5. Sunny says:

    But did get dropped more times than Bobby Brown.

    first time i ever saw someone being dropped into form.

    Got some lucky wickets, one that almost cost him his thumb, and got some tail enders.

    little nathan got some tail?! kid is growing up.

    I’ve checked this, and 97 is only three runs short of a hundred, and 3 runs would not have made a difference to this game.

    yeah, but it would have made a big difference to twatto’s ego.

    but the SCG has got awway with pitches that blind many looking for their cat could score double hundreds on it.

    check SRT’s average at the SCG.

    Over the years I have bagged Kamran about his appearance but said he is a classy player.

    actually if he had fixed the match, i could have forgiven him.

    happy b’day dude!

  6. LL says:

    Commiserations Paki fans, it would have been nice to see you win. Your next win will come soon no doubt.

    It feels like Sydney 06 when Graeme and his sporting declaration let us win. This time it was Mohammed with his misjudged fields and maybe a muffed catch.

    And there was a few fuck you’s thrown in:

    Fuck you hundred from Huss, fuck you five for from Nathan and a big fuck you win from Punter.

    I’ve got to say it was a bloody interesting game with lots of swings in fortune. Gotta love that.

    Why the fuck isn’t Shahid in the team? Thats the biggest cheat of the series.
    .-= LL´s last blog ..2010 ASB Classic – Singles =-.

  7. raj says:

    Happy b’day jrod

  8. Sunny says:

    @LL – shahid is tearing it up for the South Australian Redbacks in the T20 domestic comp. i am hoping for some fireworks this evening at the adelaide oval.

  9. BT says:

    Sunny

    “actually if he had fixed the match, i could have forgiven him.”

    lol! i sorta had that same feeling *wishing* the match was fixed. i cannot believe someone can be THAT bad, THAT frail when the pressure is…not even there.

    Against ANY other team Pakistan would’ve assumed, within all reason, that they were just going to dust off the opposition. Akmal was defeated by Australia’s reputation.

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  11. BT says:

    LL

    There was also a fuck you catch from Haddin.

    Boom boom would’ve captained the team to victory – he would’ve attacked with the field

    I don’t agree with the Smith comparison – Aus were 1-0 up going into the 3rd test, Smith declared hoping to level the series 1-1 risking the loss because he said 1-0 (if he kept batting it would’ve ended a draw) or 2-0 (ala what happened) its the same thing;

    for Yousuf, the series outcome could still have been 2-1 but he flopped

  12. Happy birthday, JRod, and as a treat, I bought Jesus yesterday! Bad timing, could’ve bought it today to make ur b’day xtra special!

    Did you notice that Hussey said “Fuck you, JRod, you fuckin’ fuck!!!!!” to the camera when he got his century?
    .-= Cricket Tragic´s last blog ..Damn you, you bloody idiotic batsmen! =-.

  13. Happy Birthday JRod. It seems that in your honour, the Pakistani team decided to go all out and give you the pleasure of seeing to what depths they can go to. It was so shocking and yet so expected that I was laughing at the office while checking the score. And yes, hauritzisgod.
    .-= Dhananjay Mhatre´s last blog ..Two Biographies =-.

  14. getamatchfix says:

    Live large Jrod.
    Test cricket won. Again. Burn the T20 muthas down.

  15. Happy Bored Day jrod!
    .-= Bored Cricket Crazy Indians (BCC!)´s last blog ..What’s the size after XXX? UV obviously =-.

  16. Prafs says:

    Happy birthday Jrod!!

  17. jogesh99 says:

    Balls, Im not sorry for the pakis at all. If the chuts had eked out 20 runs more, the Aussies would have done their usual baying for blood routine and we could have had The Sydney Airlift Part 2, with the BCCI extending full support to its beleaguered neighbour. Pansy Pakis, recruit Bhajji and Benn as Ozzie tour specialists!

  18. CM says:

    Happy Birthday!

  19. sahil says:

    Happy Birthday, apparently!
    .-= sahil´s last blog ..Ashesinsomniac becomes cricinfo insomniac =-.

  20. Jay says:

    bonne fete old bean.

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  22. Happy Birthday mate
    .-= christopher poshin david´s last blog ..A match that only Pakistan could have lost…. =-.

  23. alex says:

    Jrod you rock!. Happy birthday.

  24. Lisa says:

    Happy birthday Uncle J. Hope this year sees fewer squirrels.

  25. crownish says:

    Happy Birthday!

  26. Happy Birthday Jrod. So sorry you have been proven so wrong at this special time of year for you.
    .-= The Village Cricketer´s last blog ..When The Village Cricketer met Graeme Smith* =-.

  27. Gypsy Phantom says:

    Does your book actually exist? Ordered two weeks ago, I expect it’s halfway across the Russian tundra about now, creased and waterlogged in some Cossack’s leather pouch (not scrotum).
    Or it’s coming by plane.
    Or it’s not coming at all.
    You could shout me a bottle of whiskey instead – what would be more fun?

  28. horatius says:

    Happy B’Day UncleJ. Waiting for you next book on religion, spirituality and philosophy. Hint! Hint!

  29. Ceci says:

    Excellent post Uncle J – found myself cheering Hussey’s hundred – felt most odd cheering an Aussie – and another cheer for your birthday – realise I got the wrong man in the last pic with Ms Portman and so:

    http://tinyurl.com/happy-birthday-jarrod

  30. […] birthday Jarrod part deux Just read Jarrod’s piece today and realised I had the wrong man in the original birthday […]

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