It’s the Boxing Day Test Match in Melbourne, v. South Africa. We lost the first Test in Perth. This is panning out to be a good game. But of course the good news really is that I can watch the game as our aberrant shared TV antenna has now been fixed, so Channel Nine is visible again, as you can see….
At that point in the game Kevin Rudd, our PM, was doing his bit in the commentary box. Soon after South Africa lost their second wicket. They’re 2/43 as I write this.
8.3 Johnson to Amla, no run, OUT, smacked extremely hard straight into the chest of Symonds at gully, who manages to cling onto the catch
8.3 H Amla c Symonds b Johnson 19 (34m 30b 1×4 0x6) SR: 63.33, FOW: 2/39, Partnership: 38 (34m 44b). Jacques Kallis is the new batsman.
Australia had managed to rack up 394 in their first innings.
What a difference a day makes. South Africa is still in at 8/428 as of 4.15pm!
What a partnership this has been! Surely one of the great ones of test cricket. This J P Duminy person is quite amazing.
And the next day
Australia is now (4pm) in, doing well but probably not well enough, though you never know. The excitement at the moment is waiting for Ponting to get his 100…. Oz now has 200 up… Bowler now is Morne Morkel – quite a name that… Peter Roebuck was pretty scathing in the Herald today: Gloom and Duminy. Ponting now on 98… Not much out of that over. Harris now bowling… Well… Maiden over… 7/201… Morkel’s bowling again…. Mitchell Johnson (right) is on strike. He just got a four! 7/205… Then a single… 7/206… New ball, Harris bowling… So Johnson is still on strike – that means batting, by the way… Not “on strike” in any other sense… 4.18pm. Over ended, with Johnson getting a four, bringing Oz up to 7/210, and Ponting on strike. Forty minutes he’s been in the 90s. Morkel bowls. Ponting gets a single: 99! Johnson gets a single, so Ponting is back on strike… The people in the ground erupt… And then tragedy! Ponting has just been bowled by Morkel for 99!!!!
Well, that’s Cricket.