From: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Oh, okay... I'd convinced myself that the series was in fact over. Is it one or two tests that's left?
Two tests. One starting on Boxing Day in Melbourne and the last one in Sydney starting on Jan 2nd. Despite Australia having already won the series, they play all the games. There's too much money to be made I guess. About 600,000 people will attend these games (given good weather; and that's looking a bit dicey in Melbourne), along with the millions watching it on telly. That's a lot of razoos in the coffers.
The last tests in dead series are often interesting. Young or new players usually get a game and there can be big form reversals. England's record against Australia from 1994 to 2005 doesn't look too bad until you realise that all but one of the wins was after the series was lost. Losing tests after winning a series has been one of the few weaknesses of the current Australian team, although they seem to have eliminated that recently.
Incidently Terminus, I see Denmark's Amjad Khan is eligible to play for England now. Denmark, the sleeping giant of European cricket awaketh!
It's a little known fact that the fourth largest group of immigrants to Australia were Germans. In the 80s, the Queensland cricket team had a bunch of big, blonde fast bowlers with names like Rackerman and Mueller. There seems to be a another Deutsch invasion on the way with several young players with Jerry surnames catching the selectors' attention. In a couple of years, the Australian team could conceivably have the names Katich, Hilfenhaus, Hauritz and Pomersbach in it. Those English tabloids would have a field day when we tour there in 2009.
"ACHTUNG AUSSIES!" style headlines with photoshopped coal-scuttle helmets and pictures of Freddy Flintoff in a spitfire or something.
Come to think of it, my friends and I always liked to pronounce "Warne" as "Var-ney"
< Message edited by Neilster -- 12/24/2006 5:50:38 PM >