SXSW 2007

This is my travel blog. It started as a way for people to keep up with my trip to Australia to watch the 2006/7 Ashes series, and continued with my trip to SXSW 2007 in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas in March '07.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

If this test match was a boxing match it would be stopped by the referee to prevent one side being seriously injured. England were given another right royal caning yesterday. Ricky Ponting decided not to enforce the follow-on thereby ensuring that Harmison would have to bowl again. He wasn't as wayward as in the first innings but still had no penetration. When Australia bowled the ball had pace, bounce, movement & accuracy. When England bowled it seemed to be on another track as the batsmen plundered runs at will. The only wicket to fall was a runout.
Earlier the only batsmen to get his head down was Bell who mange 50 exactly. Everyone else succumbed to the tight off stumpline kept by McGrath & Clark (a sort of McGrath clone). Pietersen was possibly unlucky in that his lbw might have been outside the off stump, and apparently Flintoff's dismissal was on a no-ball not spotted by umpire Bucknor.
On another tack umpire Billy Bowden is really pissing me off. He never misses an opportunity to get himself into the action with his assinine signals, twice on the first day gave lbw appeals not out but then ostentaciously scratched his nose making the crowd think he had actually given them out. He also has given England nothing in this game.
I doubt this game will go much past today and barring some miraculous tropical storm we will go to Adelaide 1 down. I can't really see what they can do to sort the bowling line-up out. Harmison is useless so should go, but who should replace him? Mahmood? It would be a very inexperienced lineup with Mahmood & Anderson. Possibly could play 2 spinners I suppose. Perhaps I should have brought my bowling boots after all.................
Day 4 awaits. It's possible we could have seats in an executive box run by one of Moz's old Nationwide colleagues so we might be in more comfort today. We have been watching from seats right by the sightscreen during the afternoon and evening sessions which don't seem to assigned to anyone and are out of the sun. You get a good view of the bowler & batsmen but the screen blocks off your view of one side of the outfield. But you can see the replay screen so you don't miss much. It's at the Stanley street end so look out for us.


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