The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.
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Thursday 08 May 2008
One of the wackiest incidents in Test cricket's history involved the Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee using an aluminium bat in an Ashes Test at the WACA, Perth, in 1979. At the time the Laws did not stipulate what a bat had to be made of and Lillee walked out with the controversial piece of equipment manufactured by a company owned by a personal friend.
Saturday 29 March 2008
Radio 4's Today programme has long been known for its sober presentation of the morning's news, crisply delivered by famously unflappable broadcasters as the nation munches on its cereal.
Sunday 09 March 2008
Oscar Pistorius is indeed an extraordinary person, as "The Fastest Man On No Legs" (Five, Wednesday) proclaimed. As an infant, he had both feet amputated at the ankle. Now the International Association of Athletics Federations are running scared of him running away with a sprint medal at the Olympics – with the aid of his state-of-the-art carbon fibre limbs.
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