That Australia hit 434 in a ODI is amazing in itself. That South Africa successfully chased it, is mind-bongling. I can remember the first time 275 was hit in a ODI, thinking, wow, some team will crack 300! And Jayasuriya happened and ODI totals started to go up and up. Yet, the real high ones, the 350+, were still largely against bowling attacks of the Kenya and Bangladesh variety. And now we have Australia - arguably the best ODI team ever - in a heated contest against an arch-rival with words and deeds spilling over the boundary. The conduct of Aussie crowds during SA's tour last year was shameful and the trouncing the SA team got on the field must have stung even more. That Australia went into the final 2-2 was noticable. That they lost after scoring the highest total in the game's history is inconceivable. Mick Lewis' 10 overs for 113 should be enough for a man to take up knitting. Read the best account so far.
"Mind-bongling". I'll be borrowing this word in the future. Man, I wish I could've seen that match.
Zizek writes about atheism, there's that nutty thing in the (more awful than usual) Washington Post and I'm supposed to follow up on Proulx? Ah well, I know my place. Though I'd rather try a comparative ethics piece on Zizek and Penn Jillette . . . From NPR This I Believe.
Oh, I didn't mean for you to follow up...just notice. After all, the BBM is a cultural moment akin to the crashing of the hindenburg - or so they say. Penn rocks. Did you ever catch their show on Showtimes called BullShit? It was good.
I'm getting a DVD of this match !! It was incredible and I'm really happy that Gibbs 'wop aas' the aussies!!!
Mail my DAMN ASHES DVD, NOW! also, this one.
i like how the judd essay summarises the legacy of empire: indian writing in english, cricket, tandoori, desis in britain, and "much else besides"! you don't say!
Sepoy: "...back to the scary stuff"??? Amigo, for this test match fan, anyone successfully chasing 434 IS the scary stuff! ...glad to see it happen to the Aussies though...