ABC Grandstand Cricket Council – Sydney, Day 5

Brad Haddin (centre) and Nathan Lyon (foreground, left) will be the key figures if Australia is to win the 5th Test in Sydney today. Image: ABC Grandstand

Brad Haddin (centre) and Nathan Lyon (foreground, left) will be the key figures if Australia is to win the 5th Test in Sydney today. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: Just ignore the mere detail that we’re deep into the first session of the final day already, here is this morning’s chat between Dan Lonergan, Gav Joshi, and myself on how we saw Day 5 in Sydney going down…

 

Australia for the win, but prepare my soapbox anyway

"That’s the gravitational pull of a Watson dismissal. He plays a stupid shot, straight to the only bloke on the fence between Paddington and bloody Wollongong, has the blank ‘oh, there was a bloke out there’ look on his face, and trudges off in the slowest possible way..." Image: ABC Grandstand

“That’s the gravitational pull of a Watson dismissal. He plays a stupid shot, straight to the only bloke on the fence between Paddington and bloody Wollongong, and trudges off in the slowest possible way…” Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: I really didn’t want to get into yet another discussion about the fortune and misfortune of Shane Watson, but it was almost impossible to avoid yesterday.

Watson was making batting look tough on Day 2. Ravi Ashwin was keeping him tied down with a very straight line and four catchers around the bat on the leg side. You could set your watch for the likelihood of Watson wanting to belt his way out of the shackles.

Mohammed Shami banged one in short, and Watson with acres of room on the leg side managed to quite skilfully pick out Ashwin at deep midwicket. Everything that could possibly infuriate you about a Shane Watson dismissal was there to take in.

So please indulge me a little Watson rant, with a surprise conclusion as to why he makes us so angry…

Rugby’s major league kick in the pants

The Roar: A great little photo op at the SCG yesterday, ahead of the Major League Baseball season opener, where assembled alongside LA Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Arizona Diamondbacks’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, were Sydney Swans champion Adam Goodes, Sydney Roosters’ dual international Sonny Bill Williams, and Sydney FC’s Italian superstar, Alessandro del Piero.

The Swan, the FC'er, the Dodger, the D'Back, and the Rooster, at the SCG. But no Waratah... Image via Twitter

The Swan, the FC’er, the Dodger, the D’Back, and the Rooster, at the SCG. But no Waratah… Image via Twitter

But where was the Waratah, you ask? Good question.

And one I was ready to tee off on, until I made a simple phone call to see if there was an actual reason. And that phone call made me angry, that rugby was absent for the reason it was.

I don’t mind admitting that the phone call completely changed the angle of the article, but it’s no less infuriating, as I’ve outlined for The Roar today…

Reactions to the Ashes whitewash

I fully intended to put this together after Australia’s brilliant win in Sydney on Sunday afternoon, securing The Ashes and a 5-0 whitewash in the most emphatic of manners, but the days have just got away from me.

As the Fifth Test came to it’s thrilling conclusion, and in the aftermath, there were some brilliant tweets being fired back and forth. So without further adieu, here’s a selection of my favourites:

England lose wickets faster than I drink coffee: that might not surprise people who’ve seen me drink coffee, but this genuinely happened. Four wickets in half a cup:

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