EYE-BALL’s Herman on – The Ashes –

June 24, 2013
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-30th May – What is an adequate Contrition?

– 24th May – Simplex

– 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister

– 24th Mar – An Example of bureaucracy gone mad

– 10th Mar – The Carbon Tax – Post Election …

– 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop

28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View

– 6th Feb – Corruption

– 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination

– 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism

– 12th Nov – Hegemony

– 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election

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– The Ashes –
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 24th June 2013 |

ver the next 8 months Australia will play England in ten tests, 5 in the UK and then 5 on Australian soil with each set of 5 determining the holder of the Ashes. This is unprecedented.

In 1962/3 and 1965/6 England toured Australia 3 years apart but the intervening tour by Australia was in the winter of 1964. The next series in Australia was 1970/71 5 years later. That was about South Africa being boycotted over apartheid. After boycotting South Africa Basil D’Olivera and Tony Greig went onto play for England, Kepler Wessels for Australia.

Basically Australia wins the Ashes on Australian soil and holds them for 18 months until they tour England and lose them again and then wait 30 months to regain them on Australian soil. There are many famous exceptions like 1930, 1934, 1989, 1993, 1997 & 2001. During Bodyline in 1932/33 England won in Australia, and the last series in Australia 2010/11 England also won. There are others.

For the record Australia has won 123 of the 310 matches (39.67%) England (the MCC) has won 100 (32.25%) and there have been 87 draws (28%). Until the tour of 1989 the honours were essentially even. Slater and Taylor ushered in a wonderful era. What an era it was. Waugh, Waugh, McGrath, Warne, Healy, Langer, Hayden, Gilchrist and Martin. Not to forget Gillespie.

The series over its 136 years has led to many a yarn of truth or scuttlebutt and most importantly tradition. Did Lillee and Marsh sell their soul for 30 pieces of silver at Headingly in 1981, and if they did, why were they ever selected again? Or did Geoff Boycott not tour in the summer of 1974/75 because he was a coward scared to face Thommo and Lillee. Then there was Ald. Clem Jones personally preparing that wicket at the Gabba, or the day at the Gabba when wags from Enoggera army barracks all dressed as Arfur Dunger released a live piglet onto the pitch with Botham written on one side Lamb on the other(referring to Ian Botham and Allan Lamb). Indeed why did Jardine, Voce and Larwood never represent the MCC again after bodyline?

The greatest honour for a player is to tour on an Ashes tour. More than that travellers and tourists and aficionados base their travel plans around these events like the Balmy Army. My only visit to Lords was a test between NZ and MCC, sadly. I went home at tea time bored.

The 1st Test this series is at Trent Bridge, Manchester on July 10 – 14. Strangely the 4th test is held at Durham. Is England now scared to play us at Headingley? In the last series there was the 1st test at Cardiff in Wales and Edgbaston also doesn’t feature in this series. The series (5th Test) concludes at the Kennington Oval on August 25th with the 1st test at the Gabba less than 3 months later scheduled for November 21st.

For these upcoming tours there is only apathy. Some think it is over exposure. Who remembers when we go watch the Shield cricket live? We will go and watch Stackie get his century after tea!

Over exposure is a contributing factor. So is the silly amounts that players are paid. While writing this article Mickey Arthur South African born Australian coach has been sacked. Cricket Australia has nothing more to say after today’s news conference.

For Australia to have a realistic chance in this series, they need bowlers to tie down the English batsmen with line and length. This is what has changed in the last decade. With Glenn McGrath you could count on him containing batsmen. And Warne would spin them out. McGrath had 250 odd test wickets and insisted he was not in the same league as Dennis Lillee. What a top bloke.

The very concept of the ashes rings very true today. What can Australia do to re ignite the fire? I personally am hoping. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.

Oi! Oi! Oi!

I can’t even name our pace attack. It sure beats federal politics

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EYE-BALL’s ‘Herman’ …

  1. Firecracker
    June 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Herman you poor sap, Aussie cricket ha, what a friggin’ joke.

    Even since Michale Clark became vice captain the slide has been there. Pup they call him ha, just a pretty boy who can bat when there is no pressure.

    Like you I hav enot followed the game for years. Having seen the best in Warne and the player group you mentioned above, it’ll be a generation or so before a similar player group forms. But you mentioned the apathy and the ‘unknowns’, overexposure, I agree that teh Big Bask (20/20) has caused the demise.

    I’ll watch the first morning if the 1st test and see what happens. The 2005 tour of England was the nest test series to watch in my living memory. Everything since then has been a bore.

    Aussie Aussie Aussie, good luck to ya mate, they ain;t got a chance in hell.

  2. June 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Darren Lehman’s elevation to coach appears on face value to be inspired.

    The recent dropping of players including the vice captain over discipline was ridiculous. The media had a field day. Derision in the ranks. Captain and Vice Captain at one another’s throats. Sport despite the money must be for enjoyment first and foremost. Journey men have their place, and so do natural talents. Bowler rotation should be wholly strategic. Based on pitch and ability. If they are breaking down then don’t play them so much. Lillee had his troubles too!

    Shane Warne was so fatally floored as a sex addict, but he is not in the record books for that. It adds to the persona, for too many detracting from it. He is still the greatest spinner in my lifetime to don the baggy green.

    Michael Clarke is a great bat, and there is the feeling that at age 32 the captaincy takes the edge off his batting. Shane Watson is the best all rounder in Australia right now and he is a senior player. We the supporters want to see the best players playing, and testing themselves. Confidence is a key ingredient. The above article failed to mention how Bill Lawrie was unceremoniously dropped for the 6th test in 70/71 because his replacement Ian Chappell was more aggressive. He played for a win. Not a boring old draw. Lawrie followed Simpson, two peas from the same pod. Steve Waugh was the exact opposite. An exciting game is paramount.

    For me too Oi! Oi! Oi!

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