WORLD CUP FINAL

Due to rain delays, the World Cup final between Australia and Sri Lanka has been shortened to 38 overs per side. Match about to begin; updates to follow. Australia batting first.

AUSTRALIAN INNINGS

2nd over: 0/4. Ian Botham just mentioned that the first World Cup, in 1975, was a 60-over-per-side deal. At this rate, by 2037 we’ll be down to 20 overs or so.
4th over: 0/16. First six of the match to Gilchrist, now 14. Malinga the slinger very economical; his second over a maiden bowled to cautious Hayden.
5th over: 0/26. I’m Matthew, I’m from Queensland, and I’m here to block. Hayden has scored just two of Australia’s total. And now six, after a brutal lofted cut.
6th over: 0/27. More accuracy from Malinga, more caution from Hayden. He’s scored 6 from 21.
8th over: 0/35. Sri Lanka are containing Australia brilliantly, but we have wickets in hand. Not much time to use them, though.
10th over: 0/46. These Lankans are hard to hit; this is the lowest Australian score at the ten-over mark in the whole series.
11th over: 0/62. Two fours then a six from Gilchrist, now 46 off 35.
12th over: 0/65. Muralitharan introduced. Not spinning it much, but still difficult. Well, he would be; he’s a chucker.
14th over: 0/76. Gilchrist has his 50. Now 54 off 46, and looking to hit BIG.
15th over: 0/95. This is more like it; two sixes from Gilchrist in one over. Hayden is now sweeping against the spin, opening up the on-side.
16th over: 0/98. Hit comments for Dylan Kissane’s view.
17th over: 0/112. Another Gilchrist six (his fifth) brings up the Australian 100, followed by an on-driven four. Lankans now rattled.
18th over: 0/122. What looked to be a tight Muralitharan over turns into another blowout. Six sixes so far in this innings, all from Gilchrist.
20th over: 0/137. Best opening partnership in World Cup final history. Vaas back on, now aiming for line instead of swing.
21st over: 0/149. Hayden off-drives Malinga for six; Gilchrist registers the fastest century in World Cup finals; fine sportsmanship from Lankan ‘keeper Sangakkara, who declines a catch appeal.
22nd over: 0/163. Hayden now 38 off 54, and menacing.
23rd over: 1/172. Hayden now OUT. Malinga deserved that.
24th over: 1/176. Gilchrist now 120. Trivia point: he doesn’t do weight training. It’s all timing.
26th over: 1/186. Australia in accumulation mode.
28th over: 1/203. Another Gilchrist six, Ponting not yet settled.
29th over: 1/216. Adam Gilchrist has faced 99 balls and scored 146 runs, including eight sixes. In a World Cup final. Read those two sentences again.
30th over: 1/222. Fifty partnership up; Ponting has scored 19 of them.
31st over: 2/227. Can you hear the drums, Fernando? Maybe not, but he can certainly hear the cheers after finally dismissing Gilchrist for 149 off 104 balls.
32nd over: 2/231. Symonds and Ponting at the wicket.
34th over: 2/243. Ponting 26 off 37. Malinga returns again.
36th over: 3/264. Ponting run out.
FINAL TOTAL: 4/281. Sri Lanka requires greater than 7.4 runs per over to win.

SRI LANKAN INNINGS

1st ball: Tharanga smashes Bracken for four.
2nd over: 0/7. Tait immediately over 90mph off a very sedate run-up.
3rd over: 1/12. Tharanga gone, caught Gilchrist bowled Bracken. Aggressive response from veteran Jayasuriya.
4th over: 1/18. Ahead of Australia at this point.
6th over: 1/34. Lankans lash out; Sangakkara and Jayasuriya peel runs off Tait.
8th over: 1/39. Glenn McGrath on in his final game. Run rate for Lankans now up to eight. Three off the over, and still ahead of Australia.
10th over: 1/42. Sri Lanka now behind Australia at the same point of their innings; and that was before the Gilchrist onslaught.
12th over: 1/52. McGrath tightens the screws.
13th over: 1/66. Jayasuriya takes three boundaries off one Watson over; Sri Lanka back on course.
14th over: 1/82. Outrageous batting from Sangakkara, who belts McGrath all over the park; Lankans now ahead again.
15th over: 1/93. Sangakkara now 36 off 39; he’s dragged the required run rate down to just over eight.
16th over: 1/102. This might go all the way.
18th over: 1/110. Rain is about. So is Hogg, who’s slowed the ferocious Sri Lankan batting.
20th over: 2/124. Kumar Sangakkara drills his 50 – beautiful innings – then is caught by Ponting off Hogg for 54 off 52 balls. Captain Jayawardene now in.
22nd over: 2/139. Sri Lanka fighting like hell.
24th over: 3/148. Clark bowls wild-swinging Jayasuriya; required run-rate now up to nine. McGrath returns, as does rain.
25th over: 3/149. Play called due to rain. That’s me done – over to you, commenters!

Posted by Tim B. on 04/28/2007 at 12:08 PM
    1. Gilly’s scoring at a run-a-ball and Hayden is doing nothing.

      C’mon Aussie!

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. In addition to the coverage on TimBlair.net there is also a somewhat-dodgy-looking animationcast here.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gilly first to make three 50s in a final of the World Cup.

      Only four players have ever made a century in the final (Richards, Lloyd, de Silva and Ponting) so Gilly could be number five.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks Dylan. The whip household finds this hilarious. This is for those poor souls who have no TV—only broadband right?

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 01:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yeah, whip, sure is.

      I am stuck in France and the local Pommy pub chose to show soccer instead of cricket so I am stuck on the computer and the Flash animation.

      /still fitting in the beers though…

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. We’re having a “Cricket party ” here

      The blokes are all snoring having consumed a bit of the good stuff during the rain delay, only us girls are awake

      I’m posting here, the other lovelies are glued to the telly (being cricket tragics)  and also so they can report happenings to their blokes should they ever wake up tonight

      And I read this blog each day, but don’t post that much but I must say the welcome home to Tim’s for Paco was lovely – very good to see such warmth and happiness to see a regular poster return

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 04 28 at 01:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Admirable job under adverse conditions. Gilly is on fire!

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 01:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gilly needs 111 to bring up 9000 ODI runs…

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m not sure who to support here. My team or the team of a great mate?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 04 28 at 01:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. Support the Aussies Ash. And should they l…lo…the l word… you can pretend to be happy for your mate anyway.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 01:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Fastest 100 in world cup final to Gilly. Move over Kev. Gilly for PM.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 01:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. under the whip

      “My name is Adam, I play for WA, and I am here to help”

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. No Dylan. I play for Australia. And I am HERE.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 01:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. If only Rudd was planning on doing the best thing for Austra….sorry, cricket thread…back on subject…C’mon Aussie!

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hayden out….hope this doesn’t slow Gilly’s rhythm.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 01:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. #11 under the whip

      Yes! Gilly for PM!!!

      He’d be a darned sight better than what looks to be the one the average punter seems to adore these days

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 04 28 at 01:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. The World Cup website lists one of Australia’s weaknesses as Gilchrist’s batting:

      Gilchrist is not scoring runs and looking like his best days are gone. He doesn’t have the sharp eye that he did a decade ago.

      Link to story

      Journalist will be kicking himself about now, I reckon.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 02:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #17 Dylan

      Every time they write his obituary he makes them look silly. Never write off a champion.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 02:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #18 – so very true.

      I would love to see the Aussies take out the World Cup and then Cadel Evans put in a good performance in [url=http://www.letour.fr/2007/LBL/LIVE/us/100/parcours.html]Liege-Bastogne-Liege[/url tomorrow…what a wonderful weekend that would be!

      /cycling fan

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 02:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sorry – linky no worky: Correct link

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 02:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Re update from Tim.

      24th over: 1/176. Gilchrist now 120. Trivia point: he doesn’t do weight training. It’s all timing.

      Reminds me of a line from ‘Once Were Warriors’ after Jake the Muss ‘took care of’ a body building ex-con : “too much weights,
      not enough speed work.”

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 02:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Just had to post this from cricinfo

      26.1 Jayasuriya to Gilchrist, SIX, Awwwww! Jayasuriya fires it in but Gilchrist is waiting, on his knees with that broadsword, and unleashes a most awesome hoick over midwicket for a soaring six. That was huge and simply mighty

      Gilly for PM!

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 04 28 at 02:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #19 Dylan Kissane

      I’m a couch potato cycle fan

      I love watching the big events – last year I watched the Tour de France on SBS each night for the first time and I was hooked completely

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 04 28 at 02:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gilly caught for 149. Dare I say it? A ‘sublime’ innings.

      Gilly for PM!

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 02:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. #19 #23

      I remember Cadel Evans being talked about as a future road cycling star when he was tearing up the mountain bike tracks.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 02:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #é” aussiemagpie

      I did the same in Australia but we are living in France now so the cycling is a big sport. We seem to get at least one race live every week (on free-to-air TV and sometimes one other one on cable, too) and it is a wonderful thing.

      I was very happy to see Stuart O’Grady win the other weekend live and during the day time, too – perhaps performances like that will convince SBS to show a little more of the sport on TV.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 02:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. #19 – Cadel was top ten last year in the Tour de France and is doing fine so far this year. Look for him again in the Tour and in the World Champs after that- he’ll be up there, I reckon.

      Apologies also for the “#é”” in my comment above – that was meant to be “#23”, of course. Bloody french keyboards!

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 02:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. #26 Dylan Kissane

      There was a bit about Stuart O’Grady’s terrific win in the papers – nothing on telly

      We’re not far from the Dunc Gray Velodrome at Bass Hill so we’ve been there a few times for events – since last year’s Tour de France when for some reason (I’m an older girl almost ready for a walking frame and dementia help) I became a fan of cycling

      Possibly I flicked over to SBS by accident last year and found the Tour de France!

      You’re a lucky fella being able to watch so many races on telly

      ching the

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 04 28 at 02:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #28 – I am a student and I was working on a paper the day Stuart O’Grady won. The TV was on in the background during the telecast and I was not paying great attention to it the first few hours. In a race that is six to eight hours long, the first couple don’t usually mean a whole lot.

      The fiancee rang during the day and asked how it was going and I gave her the run down: group away, yeah – one Aussie there, nah, nobody who can win it etc etc

      A few hours later I was ringing her and exclaiming, “He can do it! Stuey can do it!”. And, of course, he did!

      Needless to say the paper did not get finished that day… 🙂

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 02:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. New rule introduced? Clark denied his first run by umpire for running on the pitch.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 03:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ah, that’s what I missed most: the cricket updates! Let’s see now . . . “Another Gilchrist six (his fifth) brings up the Australian 100, followed by an on-driven four” . . . That sounds good (is it?) . . . “Australia in accumulation mode” . . . Say, who isn’t, these days? Grab for the gusto, I say. Best of luck to Australia.

      Posted by paco on 2007 04 28 at 03:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. With the mood Gilchrist is in, Ponting should give him a bowl.

      Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2007 04 28 at 03:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #29 Dylan Kissane

      Good luck with your studies and I’ll think of you while I’m sitting up in the middle of the night watching SBS broadcast the Tour de France

      BTW one reason I was hooked – one of the commentators was just so interesting to listen to and now I’ve forgotten his name! He explained everything for novices like me

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 04 28 at 03:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. From the cricinfo site

      Right Australia have powered their way to 281 for 4. Adam Gilchrist, who’s had a poor tournament so far, smashed 149 off 104 balls. Sri Lanka have hardly anytime to recover from this pounding and begin the run chase.

      Farooq remains optimistic: “Tell you what, The game is not yet over. We need from Jayasuriya what Gilchrist has done. A 150 off 100 balls and Sri Lankans are World Champs.”

      Goodonya Farooq for being so optimistic! We’ll just have to wait and see for 38 overs

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 04 28 at 03:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. #3 Dylan Kissane

      Hey Dylan,
      Speaking of records, what odds Three Minute Damo breaks his personal best this weekend and finally manages to tie all his limbs
      in a bow?

      Posted by geoff on 2007 04 28 at 03:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. #33 – I think the commentator you are thinking of is Phil Ligget. He does most of the English langauge work for Aus, US and the UK.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 03:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. #35 – Hi Geoff. The guy is a fruit loop – everything is a conspiracy. I mean, the guy thinks Howard knew about the Bali bombings in advance and that al-Qaeda doesn’t exist outside of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Off the charts for sure.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 03:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Cricket, feh.  NASCAR is on!  And none of that wussy Car of Tomorrow crap either.  When you can cross the finish line upside down, on fire, and have it count for points in cricket, call me.

      UPDATE:  AND WE HAVE FIRE!  Multiple loop rollover, tires and plastic flying, and a lovely little engine fire at the end of it. Driver walked away.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 28 at 04:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. #39 richard

      Just switched over to Fox sports for a look. No fire now but did I hear the commentator right? They don’t back off? Looks a bit like a cycling peloton in a velodrome though.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 04:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sri Lankans not going down without a fight. It appears that every non Aussie at the ground is supporting Sri Lanka. Underdogs are overrated.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 04 28 at 04:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Under —it was Kyle Busch in the #5 car.  Back off?  You get half your speed from tailgating, or drafting as they call it, and if you bring your car back in at the end of the race with the same color paint on the sides it started with, you’re just not trying…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 04 28 at 04:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. McGrath needs to stick a couple into Jaya’s ribs, just for a little “pick me up”. I don’t think it’s going all the way, but it’s going to be a battle.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 04:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. You would have to tip Sri Lanka from here, particularly if Shane Watson stays on the field!

      Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2007 04 28 at 04:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Somebody please pull Watson….the guy is throwing it away!

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 04:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Another wicket. Watson lives another day.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. 4-157. 112 off 60 at 11.2 RPO.
      Not a hope in hell.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. Clarke bowling again. Belted for 6. Still won’t help SL.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Looks like Aus is playing against Ameer Ali as well. Again. The DL score isn’t in SL’s favour either. Another ball onto the pitch. Back to Bracken at 4-167.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bracken drops one hit back into his face from Silva. A missed opportunity. Followed by a four from SL.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. 92 from 50. Barely achievable, but only with a Gilly-level performance. Cracks developing in SL’s chase. Frantic attempts to go at everything. Another wicket here and it’s all over, red rover. Punter should throw Gilly the ball.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tait bowling from the Joel Garner end of the stadium. Ironic.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tait gets flat batted to the rope for 4. 4-185 with RR now at over 12. Apologies to non-cricket readers. Once Aus hold the World Cup, we’ll shut up until the next summer here.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. FFS why can’t they reschedule finals rather than shorten them for rain?  Shortened matches, or even worse, Duckworth-Lewis decided results are just farcical.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 05:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pigeon targeting like a laser. And runs out Dilshan. That’d have to be show over at 5-188.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Spoke too soon. Pup breaks through for another castle and SL at 6-190. *happy feet….*

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 05:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. What the hell are you people talking about?

      Posted by CraigC on 2007 04 28 at 06:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Here we go, here we go, here we go…I mean…Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi, Oi, Oi!

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 06:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. 15.4 now the required run rate. May as well be 200 with Vaas swing the willow at an average of 14. 77 runs from 5 overs. Clarke returning 2/19.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Quoted from Cricinfo

      30.6 Clarke to Vaas, no run
      30.5 Clarke to Vaas, no run
      30.4 Clarke to Vaas, no run
      30.3 Clarke to Vaas, no run, up there and that’s driven slowly to cover where Clarke races around to pick up the ball one-handed. Good racing
      30.2 Clarke to Vaas, 2 runs, outside off, cut down, and McGrath tiptoes across at third man – it’s immensely boggy down there – to pick up the ball
      30.1 Clarke to Silva, OUT, comes down and swats the air with a huge swipe aiming for midwicket. Misses it completely and the ball plinks into the sticks
      LPC Silva b Clarke 21 (42m 22b 1×4 1×6) SR: 95.45
      30.1 Clarke to Arnold, 2 wides, down leg and that’s a really wide

      That’s the over that killed the Lankans

      Posted by MB on 2007 04 28 at 06:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #52 No need to apologise, have your fun. BTW “Adam Gilchrest has faced 99 balls and scored 146 runs, including eight sixes. In a world cup final.” Is that good or bad?

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 04 28 at 06:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pigeon drives a fulltoss into the midriff of Russel Arnold. Pops it up into Gilly’s diving gloves. OOOOOOOOuuuuuuuttttt…….

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. #60 That’s incredible, is what it is.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rain is imminent again. Tipping that SL will be out before it gets there. Malinga belting the ball into the second stand looks good for the crowd, but they need another two per over. At least.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. Is it true that no side this world cup has completed all it’s overs against Australia? (i.e. we’ve bowled everyone out?)

      25 balls for three wickets…..that’d be historic if we could do it

      Posted by MB on 2007 04 28 at 06:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. No, light offered to SL. AND TAKEN!!!!

      Australia WIN the 2007 World Cup.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. OH YEAH! Threepeat! 🙂

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 06:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. This a freakin’ ridiculous situation. Australia has won, but Aleem proves how much of a clown he is. Stands on, stand off? Aleem Dar reckons SL can come back tomorrow for 3 overs.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Now it really is a farce with the umpires insisting that the game isn’t over despite the near total eclipse of the sun.

      Did the Sri Lankan batsmen realise that by taking the offer the game was over?  Looks like a major tactical blunder to me – not that the match was winnable by then.

      Suddenly Telstra Dome with lights and a roof is the best cricket stadium in the world.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 06:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Spoke too soon. Back for the last 3 overs, and commentators are saying it’s like twilight.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Now the batsmen are coming back out!  Is the light really supposed to have improved since they left?  Joke.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 06:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. With luck, that’s the last this little prick disgraces a cricket field.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. What a farce. The ICC must be the biggest bunch of f***tards running international sport.

      Posted by Dogz on 2007 04 28 at 06:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. Even the TV cameras are struggling with the light.  They’ve had to open up the F-stops all the way so the shots are all out of focus now.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 06:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. They’ll be pulling out the infrared cameras soon.

      Posted by Dogz on 2007 04 28 at 06:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Can’t even tell whether a stumping of Malinga can be seen on TV. Too dark.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Night vision goggles please!

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 06:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Cricket under night vision goggle conditions should be interesting.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. 8-211. Only spinners bowling. SL padding this one out to be expedient.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Holy shit – stump cam says it’s midnight.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 06:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Roy bowling the last over. What a joke. With the stump cam, you can’t see the other end of the pitch.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Strange – ICC website for the World Cup already announced Australia has won….

      /confused

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 06:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. now it’s really over.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 06:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. wait, the umpires are calling them back…

      Posted by Dogz on 2007 04 28 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Australia win by 53 runs under Duckworth Lewis. Goodbye Pigeon. A champion to the end. Punch Aleem Dar for me on the way out to the pub. And I’m done.

      Posted by CB on 2007 04 28 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. joke

      Posted by Dogz on 2007 04 28 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well done our guys.  A huge pity that the match was played under these circumstances, but Adam Gilchrist you’re a legend.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 28 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. We won for real now? See comment #66…

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 04 28 at 06:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. OT, in the ‘Stone Me’ category:

      Lesbians are twice as likely as heterosexual women to be overweight or obese, US researchers have found, and this may be because they have a better body image.

      It is more likely that lessies are desperate and can’t afford to be fussy. Not many blokes are attracted to solid, plain, aggressive shielas with more than a hint of moustache.

      The Age

      Posted by walterplinge on 2007 04 28 at 06:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Heh. Award ceremony: the crowd just booed as the ICC delegates were introduced. No eggs though. Pity.

      Posted by Dogz on 2007 04 28 at 06:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well done to the Aussies & Sri Lankans.

      Glenn McGrath, you will be missed and always remembered amoungst our greats.

      Posted by curious george on 2007 04 28 at 07:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #5

      I am stuck in France and the local Pommy pub chose to show soccer instead of cricket so I am stuck on the computer and the Flash animation.

      stuck in France. STUCK IN FRANCE

      Yeah, whatever, I feel your pain.

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 28 at 07:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Go Aussies, what a farce though. As has been said, the ICC need to hang its head in shame. The stench of match fixing alone has tainted this series without even considering the other cock-ups that have happened.

      That said, well done Mc Grath, you are a champion. Glad to see that fat turd Ranatunga eat a different sort of pie for a change.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 04 28 at 07:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. #26

      French keyboards are murder!

      but we are living in France now

      Ok, I take back what I said before, commisserations. But, look on the bright side, it’s not forever – is it?

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 28 at 07:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. If you think Aussies are upside down, try using a French keyboard.

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 28 at 07:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. A special word to the Taliban’s cricket spokesman Imran Khan, who hates Australia and said they couldn’t/wouldn’t win – up yours!

      Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2007 04 28 at 08:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. Any cricket fans they are selling a photograph of the 1921 Australian Crick team signed on the mount in ink by thirteen team members…. $1000-1500 no 157

      or a 1902 Australian handerchief for 2,000 4000-white linen printed with portraits of each player including Victor trumper. or wowo a 1948 Cricket bat $1500-2500 lot 164
      2 don bradman autographs 250-450 that’s a bargain!

      null

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 04 28 at 09:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wow. I’d swear the post and comments were written in English, but damn me if I know what the hell was going on, aside from some apparently random Frog bashing. Cricket talk makes less sense than being cursed by a drunk coonass.

      I say its a good thing the States got out of the Empire before this ‘cricket’ thing took off. In fact, I believe the War of 1812 was really a dispute about whether the Canadians would play cricket or baseball. Can anyone confirm?

      I think I owe all the Aussies congratulations, but still unsure…

      Posted by brett_l on 2007 04 28 at 10:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. blog needs some fisking
      The blog writer is OK, a bit deluded at times – re Sri Lanka winning the WC… however a closer look shows that some contributors are punching below the belt attacking Australia’s record on Aboriginal Affairs and Refugees – trying to place us in the same boat as South Africa. One piece of shit – Jazzy starts telling people they should be reading Pilger. A nationalistic Asian who is bitter about their side getting whacked is one thing (Sorry guys but you have to get BETTER at playing cricket, all the political whinging in the world isn’t going to help). But when self-loathing Aussies start publicly bagging their own country, enough is enough.

      Posted by CanberraNeoCon on 2007 04 28 at 11:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. I just had a read of the Cricinfo blog linkd by NeoCon above. (#98).

      They don’t think much of Whitey over there do they?

      Heartiest congratulations to the Aussie team on winning their third World Cup in succession. A terrific Hat Trick.
      Sad to read that Glenn McGrath is retiring after a long and successful career as Australia’s strike bowler, but what a good note to go out on!

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 04 29 at 12:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. #96 – 1.618

      Couldn’t you just whip us up an internet version for free?

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 04 29 at 01:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. OT

      Mike Carlton probably never needed a new one, but Bolta has torn him one just in case on the subject of the Tali-tubby.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 04 29 at 01:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. I say its a good thing the States got out of the Empire before this ‘cricket’ thing took off. In fact, I believe the War of 1812 was really a dispute about whether the Canadians would play cricket or baseball. Can anyone confirm?

      Infact the very first international cricket game (or indeed – any game) was between the USA and Canada.

      Click the link – it’s a revelation.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 04 29 at 02:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. #101

      Mike: Kettle. Pot. Black.

      What is wrong with Carlton’s mouth? Is he taking elocution lessions? Trying for perfect diction?

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 29 at 03:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Carlton married (I think last year) an ABC luvvie.

      ‘Nuf said.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 04 29 at 04:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. #103.
      I thought the same thing, kae. It wasn’t helped by the audio being out of synch with Carlton’s huge mouth. Made it look and sound like it was being dubbed over a foreign language.
      Maybe it was.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 29 at 06:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. It brought to mind that SBS newsreader that everyone used to take the piss out of. What WAS his name?

      George Donikien?

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 29 at 06:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Close, kae. Try Donikian

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 04 29 at 07:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dammit, I figured we were talking about Lee Lin Chin who rejoices in the corporate SBS title of Some Bizarre Sheila.

      They are all a little freaky.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 04 29 at 07:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Where you see darkness, I see a missed opportunity to sell carbon offsets.

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2007 04 29 at 11:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. OK OK Australia won. Did we really need 109 posts to explain the obvious?

      Just wait ‘til England get a team!!!

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 04 29 at 06:57 PM • permalink

 

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