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An Aussie sports legend [Aug. 27th, 2008|12:52 pm]
Hi All,

I recall that when I posted some photographs taken around the Cameray Valley (here in Sydney) there was a game of cricket in the scene and this drew some attention on my LiveJournal.

Today (27th August 2008) is the birthday of Australian Cricket Legend Donald "Don" Bradman. He died just 7 years ago, and would have been 100 this year.


His unrivalled batting average was 99.94.

[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2008-08-27 03:02 am (UTC)
During one of the Ashes tournaments, I heard cricket described as a sport that the British love but can't play and the Aussies can't stand but play well :P
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2008-08-27 03:15 am (UTC)
haha there is some great quotes to have come out about cricket.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-08-27 09:43 am (UTC)
Yes, I've posted that phrase myself on a few occasions.

It sounds better the other way though:

"Cricket is a sport that Australians hate, but play very well and which the British love but can't play at all."

From memory I first saw that in "The Wit's Dictionary..."
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-08-27 09:47 am (UTC)
Oh and I've just remembered a line from the Goon Show, back in the 50's or 60's (which shows how long this situation has persisited).

The main character, Neddie Seagoon, was in a dystopian future London and went into an antique shop. He found an unfamiliar object and asked the shop owner what it was.

Fondly appraising the item, the shop owner replied "Oh that? Beautiful isn't it? It's called a cricket bat. As a matter of fact this bat was used in the very last series by the English team's Captain. You can see it's quite unmarked..."

(There was a resounding groan of semi-sour amusement from the audience).
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2008-08-27 03:11 am (UTC)
Didn't Brett Lee beat Bradman's record last year?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-08-27 09:49 am (UTC)
Not that I've heard, and it wasn't mentioned in any of the TV news headlines I saw today. Mind you, I don't follow sports very closely myself - I'm too much of a trainspotter, literally.
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