The Steve Rixon Ashes Diary 2013 – Chapter 12

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Middle of the back row – who could that be?

Chapter 12

Third Test, WACA

Hundreds, Celebrations and Winning Back The Ashes

Me: Steve, how are you after those Ashes winning celebrations in Perth?

Steve: Mate, I am stuffed. I’m not sure what took it out of me more, doing fielding drills, coaching and sitting around watching five days of intense cricket in stifling 40 degree heat or the celebrations after we had won. Look every good Ashes Diary needs a  photo montague. I’ve sent you through the photo’s I took at the WACA let me talk you through them.

Clarkey lost the coin down a crack in the pitch when he went out for the toss
Clarkey lost the coin down a crack in the pitch when he went out for the toss

After the toss  the Test started pretty shit actually with Chris Rogers running himself out.Steve Smith held the team together on Day 1 with a great hundred but the guys who were the happiest were the fast bowlers who didn’t have to venture out into the heat.

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End of Day 1: The fast bowlers were ecstatic that they hadn’t had to do anything

England batted like rubbish again which we have come to expect really. So by the end of Day 2 we were starting to get a pretty good feeling and esky time dragged on a little bit that evening.

End of Day 2: Esky time got a little bit willing
End of Day 2: Esky time got a little bit willing

On Day 3 England continued to stink it up, capitulating like a bunch of Poms. Then Dave Warner blitzed the bowling to register a century and we were in control. Esky time at the end of the days play was pretty racous, even the coaches got involved.

End of Day 3: One of the better Esky times
End of Day 3: One of the better Esky times with the coaches involved

Day 4 really was just party day. We all wanted to get things over with by then so Watto was given the green light to treat the opening session like a one dayer – we must use this psychology on him more often, it worked. And amazingly he managed to make it to a century before finding a new and bizarre way to get out – run out after watching Ian Bell drop a catch. To add to the festive spirit of the occasion George Bailey made Jimmy Anderson look like a village trundler carting him for 28 runs off a single over.

I can't remember if I took this photo after Watto got his ton or after he was bizarrely run out
I can’t remember if I took this photo after Watto got his ton or after he was bizarrely run out

Unfortunately the bowlers couldn’t blow England away on Day 4 so as punishment we had to do some fielding drills out on the ground. This was where my revolutionary fielding drill was born as we had a bit of esky time out on the ground. Instead of throwing a cricket ball to Rogers I grabbed hold of the nearest thing to me and threw it at him. It just so happened to be the Crownie I had just finished and Chris caught it no problem at all, that’s when we both knew he was ready for a big day of fielding on Day 5. It proved to be true as he pulled off a magnificent catch of Big Timmy Bresnan to his favourite shot – the lofted off drive.

Chris Rogers demonstrates the revolutionary new fielding drill
Chris Rogers demonstrates the revolutionary new fielding drill

Hadds also fully embraced this revolutionary fielding drill,  I grabbed a half full bottle of champers out of Boof’s esky and threw it at him. Hadds had a Crownie in his hand at the time but he still managed to snaffle the bottle of champers. It was impressive, almost as impressive as his catch of Joe Root. All the credit for the Root catch should go to the revolutionary fielding drill.

Brad Haddin demonstrates the revolutionary fielding drill
Brad Haddin demonstrates the revolutionary fielding drill
Haddin dismisses Joe Root. You decide which is the more impressive grab.
Haddin dismisses Joe Root. You decide which is the more impressive grab.

Day 5 was a bit of a pain to be honest. We’d had the beers on ice for so long I was afraid they were going to freeze. Thankfully we finally got Ben Stokes out after lunch and then it was  the procession we’d expected. We were very keen to wrap up the win and get out fo the heat, but not as keen as Billy Bowden who triggered Graeme Swann before George Bailey had even taken the catch to dismiss him!

Our celebrations after the match were highlighted by Nath Lyon leading the song out on the ground, he’s become quite good at it and all the boys know the words now after three consecutive wins so it’s a little bit easier now. Best on ground for the celebrations was Dougy Bollinger actually. I was a little surprised seeing as he hadn’t played a single test, but I was more surprised he had any energy left after 5 days of running water out to the boys in 40 degree heat. I thought he might have ‘hit the wall’ like he did in Adelaide during the last Ashes. Anyway he was best, followed by Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers.

Nathan Lyon leads the song while Doug Bollinger is prominent
Nathan Lyon leads the song while Doug Bollinger is prominent

Righto mate I’ve got some Christmas shopping to do, talk to you after Boxing Day. I’ve heard a bit of a whisper Graeame Swann is going to be dropped, can you put a sneaky $50 on him not playing in Melbourne?

Me: Can do mate, see you later.

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