Streuth, Adolf Warne

August 20, 2007 by SixandOut  
Filed under Tennis

Well actually, not so much. But the rumours that were rife that Australian legend and current Hampshire Captain Shane Warne was about to relinquish his Australian citizenship in favour of bratwurst and lederhosen have been scotched. The intended trick was to get around next season’s “only 1 International player per side”* regulations, since as a German national he would have qualified as a local and Hampshire could legitimately employ a(nother) bona fide overseas player. But no, Warney is fair dinkum Aussie through-and-through and will take a plate of shrimps and a couple of cold ones before any phallic-shaped pork substances. And why not. For more humourous plays on words on the issue, such as “herr... [Read more]

Commercial Break

August 12, 2007 by SixandOut  
Filed under Tennis

Six&Out is on holiday* until 19th August. * Galavanting around France on a motorbike since you asked [Read more]

Scapegoating can’t save England now

August 11, 2007 by SixandOut  
Filed under Tennis

Day 2, 3rd Test, India vs England, The Oval England got pounded in to the ground by a rampaging Indian batting attack, that kept going all the way down to number 11. The highlight of the day was the maiden test century, after 118 matches, for Anil Kumble, scoring a delightful 110* to give India a massive 664. Any hopes that England might have had of levelling the series with a win here have been totally dashed and sadly it’s now a case of doing their best to avoid 2-0. That means England must bat for 3 days, a feat that seems well beyond the grip of the current England batsmen. Matt Prior came in for yet more abuse from all and sundry. After dropping Tendulkar yesterday with a diving attempt to his right and, as a result,... [Read more]

Oh dear God – is it any wonder?

August 10, 2007 by SixandOut  
Filed under Tennis

This is typical of the way the British mentality – and specifically the British media mentality – works. On the 1st day of the final test between England and India, India geared themselves up to give England a proper trouncing and in so-doing hand them their first series loss on home soil in some record-breaking amount of time. But read the news and watch the coverage of the day and you can’t go anywhere without hearing someone sticking it directly in Matt Prior’s neck. Matt Prior dropped Sachin Tendulkar on 20, missing a catch away to his right. Tendulkar is now not out on 48, so the drop has so far cost the side 28 (out of 316 scored on Day 1). Yet already, the hair is down and the gloves are off,... [Read more]

King of Spain retires from cricket

August 9, 2007 by SixandOut  
Filed under Tennis

Ashley Giles has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect, citing the recurrent hip injury as the principle reason. The highpoint of Giles’ career was being a member of the England squad to regain the Ashes in 2005, playing a crucial role in a stand with Kevin Pietersen in the final, series-sealing, match at the Oval. Giles was an oft-lambasted cricketer, especially in the follow-up Ashes series, where Fletcher preferred him over Monty Panesar in the opening couple of games of the series, which sealed England’s 5-nil Ashes-losing whitewash. Criticism of “Gilo” was arguably unfair, considering that he was simply doing what he wanted: to play for England, and that it was... [Read more]

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