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Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Urn update

1. Mike Selvey, of the Guardian, heard from on today's game. The theme is 'retribution is sweet', the focus is Trescothick, Strauss and Vaughan answering John Buchanan's words with deeds.
In that report is the first mention I've seen of a sour note on the field:
Later, when 81, Trescothick appeared to feather a catch from the face of the bat to Adam Gilchrist, standing up to the medium pace of Andrew Symonds. The vehemence of the appeal was not met with a positive response, however, and the keeper, who now walks even when he has not hit the ball, hurled the ball to the ground in frustration at seeing someone who does not want to go even when he has hit it.
Ricky Ponting, too, lost his cool with the umpire Rudi Koertzen and Vaughan felt the need to act as intermediary. "I was just trying to calm Ricky down," Vaughan was to say later. "There was no malice."

2. Angus Fraser in The Independent also mentions the let off, but focusses on Trescothick finally laying a few ghosts to rest.
Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie have continually got the better of the left-hander through exposing weaknesses in his technique. Such has been their control over Trescothick, that in 35 previous innings against Australia his highest score had been 82.
But yesterday they had a taste of what he is capable of. The 29-year-old Trescothick rode his luck - he was caught off a no-ball on five and should have been given out caught behind on 81 - but there were plenty of powerful strokes too. He was given admirable support on the way to his 10th one-day hundred by Andrew Strauss and Vaughan, who each shared a century partnership with him.

3. Glenn Moore, also in the Independent, reports that the second game of the Natwest Challenge, at Lord's Sunday, could get cancelled -- and security, he says, is only one reason why.
After 9/11, most sporting events were cancelled or postponed for a few days in Europe and for a fortnight in the United States. A similar mood may prevail in the UK in the coming days but the counter-argument is that cancelling events is deferring to terrorism.

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