Cheap Seats Episode 23 – Bold Ashes predictions

Steve Smith, #ThankYouSachin, and the Wallabies feature in Episode 23

Steve Smith, #ThankYouSachin, and the Wallabies feature in Episode 23

The Cheap Seats podcast: Ryan O’Connell and I fire up the Ashes predictions in the Summer Edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

In Episode 23, we discuss Brett’s Halloween windfall, and how he scared off the neighbourhood kids, while Ryan justifies why he’d held onto an introductory joke for three weeks.

Episode 23 talking points: the perpetual state of Shane Watson’s hamstring, bold Ashes predictions you can take to the bank, #ThankYouSachin; the Rugby League World Cup gets to the knockout stage; the Wallabies turn it on in Dublin, and beat Ireland in the Test as well; and this week’s Splash & Dash, where Brett plays trivia master, and Ryan applauds yet another Adam Scott win.

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2nd Test: Australia v India, Sydney, 3-6 January 2012

“He’d batted for so long that his name is now permanently burnt into the SCG scoreboards and plasma TVs around the country.” Image via ABC Grandstand Sport.

Having won fairly comfortably in Melbourne, the Australian side headed to Sydeny for the traditional New Year’s Test keen to push forward their advantage in the series.

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1st Test: Australia v India, Melbourne, 26-29 December 2011

In a first for BMcSport, I had to outsource a writing gig!  For the first two days of the First Test of the Border-Gavasker Series, the Boxing Day Test no less, prior family Christmas committments meant I drafted in former team-mate and media student, Michael Minns.  And he did a great job for me, too.

Day 1: 26 December (Australia won toss and bowled) :: End Of Day: Australia – 277/6 in 89.0 overs (BJ Haddin 21, PM Siddle 34)

Minnsy’s CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/26/enter-the-man-under-a-cloud-ricky-ponting

Day 2: 27 December :: Australia 333 (EJM Cowan 68); End Of Day: India – 214/3 in 65.0 overs (R Dravid 68, I Sharma 0), trailing by 119.

Minnsy’s CA blog: http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/27/a-numbers-game

Day 3: 28 December :: India 282 (SR Tendulkar 73, R Dravid 68); End Of Day: Australia – 179/8 in 60.0 overs (MEK Hussey 79, JL Pattinson 3), leading by 230.

CA blog (back to me again): http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/brett-mckay/2011/12/28/hilfys-heroics

Day 4: 29 December :: Australia 333 and 240 (MEK Hussey 89) defeated India 282 and 169 (SR Tendulkar 32) by 122 runs.

CA blog went unpublished – BMcSport EXCLUSIVE : 1st Test Melbourne day 4 – Test cricket at its best