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  • Birthday 12/30/1987

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  1. Australia definitely looked better with Finch at the top. Not sure what Langer was thinking with him in the middle order. The ICC has released the full international schedule for the next five years. I haven’t looked through it in detail yet, but I’m bracing myself for disappointment. One strange thing I picked up immediately was that Australia isn’t touring India for a test series until 2022-23.
  2. Haha good banter. That was a great result from England. Australia is at its lowest ebb for 40+ years in this format. But the real cricket story this week is the Chandimal ban. How dumb does he have to be shine the ball straight after putting something in his mouth post-sandpaper gate? Faf got done for a similar offence a couple of years ago and that was before the recent crackdown. Really poor stuff.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    All done with Michael Chabon's Moonglow. In the end, I thought this was a fantastic read. My initial reservations were cured once I got used to the non-chronological and pseudo-memoir style. There are some really unforgettable characters in this novel and, as usual, Chabon's prose is amazing. He has an incredible ability to write about serious trauma and its effects without triggering reader depression or making the reading experience feel like a slog. But the thing that I will remember most about this read was the depiction of the relationship between the grandparents. Unconditional love brought to life on the page. Now on to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I'll probably then tackle Harry Potter #2 (my least favourite) as part of a series re-read.
  4. Totally agree RE: Sam Billings. England looks far superior to Australia in this format, even with Stokes and Morgan missing from the side. Australia is missing its regular pace attack, but honestly, I doubt it would make much of a difference if they were available. Langer is undertaking some strange experiments (Short as ODI opener alongside Head? Finch in the middle order?) Unrelatedly, spare a thought for cricket's fallen stars. I was reading this piece on the weekend and it really ticked me off. I know Ryder has long since fallen off the radar of international cricket, but surely he deserves a domestic contract after averaging 71 in seven First Class games last season and over 40 in nine 50-over games? The guy is no angel and is not the fittest bloke playing the game, but he is also one of only a very select few NZ test batsmen to average over 40. NZers please explain this to me!
  5. Someone was handing out sandpaper-themed placards printed with “4” or “6” to England fans. Cue outrage from some Australian pundits and sections of the media.
  6. I'm not a fan of many of the policy positions that Australia takes at a domestic or international level. Personally I'd not put this particular incident at the forefront of my outrage, though I agree that it confirms deep cultural problems within the ADF.
  7. Lol at the Australian response to the English sandpaper jokes/taunts. Honestly, they are the most accomplished hypocrites.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    OK so I've done a bit of a 360 degree turn on this one...enjoying it now with 100 or so pages left! I think I just found it a little jarring initially as I wanted it to be another Kavalier & Clay, but didn't realise it was going to be a sorta-non-fic memoir.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    Yeah it's a great show. I watched some of the South American episodes before travelling to Chile earlier this year. Visited the best sandwich place in Santiago on the back of one of his recommendations . As for recently watched: I finally finished Fargo Season 1. Thought it was fantastic, but I'll probably have a break before watching the next two seasons. I might watch Blue Planet II next.
  10. An exciting day for Afghanistan, but they will probably have a tougher entry to test match cricket than Ireland. Even without Kohli, India's batting is ridiculously strong with the likes of Pandya, Jadeja and Ashwin batting in spots 7-9. Rashid Khan went for 13 in his first over... Side-note: I'm pleased for Karthik that he has fought his way back into the test team. India really need to land a new test 'keeper, they have struggled in that area since MS' retirement.
  11. Onya Moeen. Good to see Morgan back among the runs too.
  12. Yeah I checked Cricinfo and noticed that 370 had been scored. But I had to look twice when I saw that Scotland had posted it! I do have a bit of egg on my face now as WI v Sri Lanka also turned into a fairly intriguing match.
  13. Sutherland resigning as CA's CEO after nearly two decades in the job. He gets a mixed review from me, mainly on the basis of the culture of the men's team, the handling of the pay dispute and the continued decline of the first-class game. But he did oversee some good progress in the areas of women's cricket and domestic limited-overs cricket (mainly the BBL). West Indies v Sri Lanka has so far been uninspiring at best.
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    June '18 Reading - Something something witty.

    I enjoyed re-reading the first instalment of the Harry Potter series, though I was surprised by the gap between my recollection and reality. It was certainly a lot lighter on detail than I remembered and very fast-paced, with quidditch matches I was expecting to go for a chapter being covered in just a few pages. I also enjoyed the Dursley section immensely, which was a surprise. I read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, having received it as a gift a while ago. I enjoyed this much more than expected and it was certainly better than standard self-help fare. Don't be misled by the title though - the book would be more accurately (but less intriguingly) titled "A Guide to Happiness: Give a F*ck About the Right Stuff." I also read the latest volume of Saga, which was excellent as usual. Now about a third of the way through Michael Chabon's Moonglow, which I have mixed thoughts on so far.
  15. Sooo...England v Australia (five ODIs), WI v Sri Lanka (three-tests!), Scotland v Pakistan (even more ODIs) and *drum roll* Afghanistan's debut test against mighty India! This could be the crappiest month of international cricket we have ever seen. Luckily there is a World Cup to watch and a Socceroos side to cheer (vainly) for.