Australia takes on England...
"Pilchard begins his long
run in from short stump. He bowls and ... oh, he's out! Yes, he's got him.
Longwilley is caught leg-before in middle slops by Grattan. Well, now what do
you make of that, Neville?"
definitely one for the books, Bruce. I don't think I've seen offside medium-slow
fast-pace bowling to match it since Baden-Powell took Rangachangabanga for a
maiden ovary at Bangalore in 1948..."
here comes Stovepipe to bowl on this glorious summer's afternoon at the
Melbourne Cricket Ground. I wonder if he'll chance an offside drop scone here or
go for the quick legover. Stovepipe has an unusual delivery in that he actually
leaves the grounds and starts his run just outside the Carlton & United
Brewery at Kooyong."
right, Clive. I haven't known anyone start his delivery that far back since
Stopcock caught his sleeve on the reversing mirror of a number 11 bus during the
third test at Brisbane in 1957 and ended up at Goondiwindi four days later owing
to some frightful confusion over a changed timetable at Toowoomba Junction.
a very long silence while they absorbed this thought, and possibly stepped out
to transact some small errands, they resumed with a leisurely discussion of the
England fielding. Neasden, it appeared, was turning in a solid performance at
square bowel, while Packet had been a stalwart in the dribbles, though even
these exemplary performances paled when set aside the outstanding play of young
Hugo Twain-Buttocks at middle nipple. The commentators were in calm agreement
that they had not seen anyone caught behind with such panache since Tandoori
took Rogon Josh for a stiffy at Vindaloo in '61. At last Stovepipe, having found
his way over the railway line at Flinders Street -- the footbridge was evidently
closed for painting -- returned to the stadium and bowled to Hasty, who deftly
turned the ball away for a corner. This was repeated four times more over the
next two hours and then one of the commentators pronounced: "So as we break
for second luncheon, and with 11,200 balls remaining, Australia are 962 for two
not half and England are four for a duck and hoping for rain."
may not have all the terminology exactly right, but I believe I have caught the
flavor of it -- Bill Bryson.