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The man has played 152 Tests and scored 20,827 runs at an average of 53.51, and to see him lost for words on his future sums up where Ricky Ponting’s international career lies. Following the Australian’s heaviest Test defeat since 1956, the Australian skipper seemed speechless; vague words of praise for England were combined with the admission that his side had simply not been good enough for a large slice of this series.
Another New Year. No resolutions, just a short wish list.
1. That the lads who recently beat the Australian Schoolboys get the opportunities they deserve in Super League. They aren’t all ready, but several certainly are. Besides, if the price of playing 18 year old Englishmen rather than 33 year old Australians is that Super League [...]
St Mirren V Hearts (Kick off 7.45 pm)
Lay St Mirren @ 3.7 to 1 with Betfair
Hearts have been fantastic away from home, winning six of their seven games, and I’m backing the run to continue. They have now not lost for seven games (winning six of them) and can count wins against Celtic and two [...]
Apologies, but I must re-open the Banned List. “Get over it”. Get over it. Forthwith.
Thank you to Conor Pope, Alys and Calamitykate.
I’ve risked the remaining shreds of my credibility by predicting the results of the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election* (Lab), the Welsh referendum (Yes), the Alternative Vote referendum (No) and the political effect of the economy, tax rises and spending cuts in 2011 (David Cameron gain).
This has earned me the doubtful accolade of a Political [...]
The last time England sealed a Test match win at the MCG it was thanks to a red-faced Yorkshireman who trapped Glenn McGrath plumb in front to seal a 12 run win in 1998. By that point the series was over, but this time another burly bowler from the north-west has put the tourists’ on the brink of their first win Down Under since the 1986-87 side.
“We have to wake up because now we are still sleeping,” said Carlo Ancelotti after his Chelsea side succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Monday evening. The blues may be napping, but Arsenal are now snapping at the heels of league leaders Manchester United after the previous victory.
It hardly counts, because it was written by a computer programmed to churn out Daily Mail articles to a template. But still, number 472 in the world-famous series.
It feels strange to spend time over the Christmas period in a quiet Yorkshire village with family; this time last year, I was on my way to the Gaza Strip. It was the second time I had travelled to Gaza; the first time was in March 2009, just a few months after Israel had launched [...]
Publicly-funded Blair-hating film wins publicly-funded European Film Academy prize. The story of The Ghost, Roman Polanksi’s film (right) of Robert Harris’s self-loathing book, gets worse. I have previously reported John Rosenthal’s discovery that the film received nearly €5m in taxpayer subsidy.
It turns out that this figure, mostly from German taxpayers but including €590,000 from EU [...]
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