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Seems Incongruous That TWO Touring Test Cricket Teams, One In Australia The Other In South Africa, Come Down With The Flu.

by Anura Guruge


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Very well could be a total coincidence.

But, it struck me as curious and strange. Two touring teams, thousands of miles apart, getting hit with similar symptoms — affecting MULTIPLE KEY players.

Yes, of course, I am a confessed, professional cynic.

In both instances only the touring team affected — and multiple, key players at that. Home team untouched.

Yes, it could just be a fluke. Let’s hope so.

In cricket we have had match-fixing and at least one act of terrorism. We really don’t want germ warfare getting thrown into the equation!

Well, I am going keep an eye on this. So, watch this space. SMILE.


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Why BOTH The Australian & New Zealand Cricket Teams Are Wearing Black Armbands At The Sydney Test — The Bushfires.

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It was hard to miss with both sides wearing the black armbands.

Usually it is to mourn/mark the death of a famous national player or a family member of one of the players, e.g., to honor the death of 22-year old West Indian, Alzarri Joseph’s Mother in February 2019.

Well in this case it is different and I am NOT sure whether black is the right color.

Both teams, RIGHTLY, are honoring the fire and emergency crews that are fighting the horrendous bushfires burning all over Australia.

I am glad (and humbled) that the players are making this gesture. Bravo. Well done.

Just not sure that black is the right color.

Yes, there have been deaths and there will be more due these fires.

But, right now they are honoring those fighting the fires.

I would have preferred to see them wear another color, say red or orange.


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Australia v New Zealand Boxing Day Test Match Will Be On Christmas Day In The U.S.

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This has to do with the 16 hour time difference between Melbourne, Australia and U.S. East Coast. That is a BIG time difference. But, it is still going to be incongruous having a Test match being played on Christmas day — even if it is at 7pm at night. That said, I will probably watch it.

As has been the case in recent years we will have two parallel Tests — the other the South Africa v England Test from South Africa. That will air on Boxing Day.


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An England v Wales Showdown Is NOW Possible At The Rugby World Cup 2019 — WOW!

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That was a turn for the books. New Zealand trounced by England at a World Cup — this time in Rugby. New Zealand did NOT look like the team that I had seen in the previous matches.

What was that statistic I heard — New Zealand’s FIRST World Cup loss since 2007! First loss in 19 matches. England last won against them in 2012 (albeit not in a World Cup).

So, this was quite sensational. Quite the match. I watched the (above) highlights TWICE — just to make sure.

Wales go in as FAVORITES.

So, we have a good chance. Fingers crossed.

Who do I support: Wales FIRST, England second. SMILE. At my core I am Welsh. SMILE.


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Wales v England Showdown Is Possible At The Rugby World Cup 2019, But Unlikely.

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For it to happen now, both England and Wales will have to win their respective semi-finals this weekend. That would mean a England v Wales final. That would be great for us the British, but, alas, I just don’t think it will happen.

Why? The New ZealandAll Blacks‘ — defending Champions from not just the last World Cup, but the one before that too.

They have been awesome. Just magical to watch. While England, obviously, has played well to get to the Semis, I just have a sneaking feeling that the All Blacks will outgun and outrun them come Saturday.

But, we can keep our fingers crossed.


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One Memorable ‘Haka’ — Farewell To The New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ Rugby Team By Airline Staff.

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So this is the ‘Air New Zealand‘ staff doing a spirited haka to wish farewell to the ‘All Blacks‘ heading for the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Not often that you get to see women doing the haka and to I it makes this even more special.

Would appear that the whole team (probably upwards of 22) were not there — up front. From what I can see just 4, in orange vests, came as representatives. Not sure what the logistics were. But, you can see that there is genuine passion and affection on all sides.

Just for the record, this was 2015, when the ‘Air New Zealand’ staff did a welcome haka for the victorious ‘All Blacks’ after the 2015 World Cup.


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Good News For BUSY Rugby Fans, 17-Minute Highlights Of 2019 World Cup Matches, In HD, Available On YouTube (FREE).

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Just a very partial listing from YouTube.com.



Given that NBC holds the U.S. broadcast right for the 2019 World Cup I did not expect to see much on YouTube.

I was pleasantly surprised. NBC, for a change, is being NICE. Yes, they are but 17-minute HIGHLIGHTs but it is in HD and appears to capture what is needed. Yes, it does leave you feeling a bit lost and empty at times, but it is better than nothing.

To be honest, I am quite cool with this. I do NOT have time to watch a full 90-100 minute game — not with my writing and also watching cricket! So, this suits I.

Yesterday, I watched two matches, back-to-back: New Zealand v South Africa & Fiji v Australia. They were both beyond excellent. Must watch. Honest. Some of the running. Will leave you breathless.


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