The follow on has been enforced. England cricket fans are in transports of delights. Clearly they’ve forgotten 1981 Headingley—a test match can be won by the side what has had the follow on enforced on their arses. Taint over!

Do I begrudge the English their gloating? Well, of course, I do! They’re England. The enemy! I shall have to lie back and think of cricket and wait for the reasons for their gloat to dissipate. The sound of Australia getting their batting shit together is helping a great deal!

What a cool day of cricket it’s been thus far! Many wickets fallen, many runs scored. If only, only, only I could be seeing it on the tellie and not just listening to the BBC!


  1. Cheryl on #

    news just in from worcester. england women beat australian women by six wickets to win the series 1-0.

  2. Justine on #

    Mate, I already congratulated you on that in the comments for Bludge Day! Where I said and I quote: “Congratulations on the English women’s win against Australia. First one in 21 years! Hope it gets the press it deserves.”

  3. Cheryl on #

    actually I think it is the first time that anyone has beaten australia in 21 years. the last time england’s women beat australia was in 1963. or at least that’s what I gathered from blofeld and co. that’s a better record than dave langford!

  4. Justine on #

    And do you know how many Australians are aware of the women’s stellar record? And how much better it is than the men’s? Very, very few.

    Women’s sport in Australia (and here in the US) with the exception of tennis and the Olympics gets bugger all coverage. I suspect the picture is similar in the UK. Drives me insane.

    Here’s hoping the English women get some decent press coverage out of it.

  5. Rishi Gajria on #


    Go here
    You can get the Ashes here. I have been waking up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the games and I belong to neither country.

  6. Cheryl on #

    actually dear, women’s sport gets a lot more coverage in Australia than it does in the UK, though the BBC have been quite good.

    sadly the Amercians are better than both of us, though with the women’s soccer league i can no longer watch the cyberrays on tv.

  7. Justine on #

    You’re kidding, right? The newspaper coverage here in the US of women’s sport is awful. The New York Times doesn’t even bother to send reporters to the New York Liberty’s (women’s basketball) away games, relying on scanty AP reports. The description of home games where they do bother is not much better than the AP coverage.

    I’ll agree that the TV coverage is better. Some women’s basketball games are televised. But in the US they have so many TV stations that they televise every known sport in all variations from preschool up!

  8. Justine on #

    Rishi Gajria: Could you tell me how much it costs? How it works? I’m reluctant to sign up for something I know so little about.

  9. Rishi Gajria on #


    Email me and ill send you the information.

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