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Ashes day 2

You know it must have been dire when 155 is a pleasing total. It’s a lot of fun watching KP smack the ball around; it’s even more fun watching Harmison and Jones do it.

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finally the Ashes start

Or at least they do in 30 minutes – the toss is about to happen. I love this moment, when nothing has happened yet and everything is still possible.

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the Ashes get closer

No tournament in cricket or rugby is ever going to have the cachet of the (football) World Cup – the pool of teams is too small. Apparently, for the last World Cup, TV audiences in Thailand were bigger than the global TV audience for the last Rugby World Cup. On the other hand, having less teams is a hell of a way of building up rivalries. Especially since, if you’re English, the main nations that play rugby or cricket – Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France – are all either ex-colonies or local rivals. Local rivals being a polite term for ‘ancient enemies’.

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countdown to the Ashes

We haven’t beaten the Aussies at Lords for 70 years, and our record against other countries isn’t great either. It seems unnnecessarily sporting of us to always play the first match of a series at a venue where we usually lose, and the last at one where we do well. And there’s an entertaining interview with Justin Langer in the Sunday Times.

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the Open

I don’t really think golf makes a very good spectator sport, but I quite enjoy watching the Open just because of the scenery. All those links courses with undulating fairways and clumps of gorse, the sea in the distance, and an enormous blue sky. I find it much more attractive than Augusta, which is spectacular but looks so artificial – like a Brobdignagian window-box.

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Liverpool vs. TNS

The Ashes haven’t even started yet.

The first football match of the new season – Liverpool’s Champion League pre-pre-pre-pre-qualifier against Total Network Solutions – was yesterday. I watched a bit of it, but it just felt wrong. The Ashes haven’t even started yet! Has the world gone mad?

[And if you had a club called something as fabulous as Llansantffraid FC, wouldn’t it make you die a little every time you heard it referred to as Total Network Solutions? Mind you, two of the other teams in the Welsh Premier League seem to be called Connah’s Quay Nomads and Afan Lido, so perhaps Llansantffraid FC just seemed a little plain.]

But anyway, I shouldn’t be doing football blogging now, because the Ashes haven’t even started yet. Shame on me.