Madds, when was the last time you stood for a batsman five times in one day?

My daughter, Maddie, was lucky enough to be a guest in the Members’ stand today.  She saw Ricky Ponting score a long awaited century at his happiest hunting ground of all.  And not only that, Maddie saw Australia’s new captain make a rousing, undefeated 250.

I was admitted to the ground just after tea, and what a lovely time we had.  I recall when India played at the SCG eight years ago.  I went to day two as India piled on 700 and Tendulkar made a wonderful 200 – his first in Test cricket.  It seemed a strange and unlikely role reversal today as Australia piled on over 350 for the loss of just one wicket, Clarke batted all day and scored his first 200.

Could he be the first to post a Test triple century at the SCG, in the grand old ground’s 100th Test?

I wait with interest to see how Australia’s new pace trio performs on a pitch without much assistance.

To save you all from boorish chest-beating, I have included some photos by Maddie and dongles.

Clarke drives on his way to 100

Clarke drives on his way to 100

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Punter dives on his way to 100

Punter dives on his way to 100

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ricky is always happy to give a post hundred interview.  He can't remember the last one

Ricky is always happy to give a post hundred interview. He can't remember the last one

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clarke brings up the 200

Clarke brings up the 200

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love you, Michael.  I love you, too, Michael.

I love you, Michael. I love you, too, Michael.

4 thoughts on “Madds, when was the last time you stood for a batsman five times in one day?

  1. Good question? Was it a Slazenger? We might guess that it was but we don’t know. Maybe that could be the tack for Slaz. They obviously can’t afford to be Pup’s sponsor now. But there has been so much focus on the bat because of it’s nudity, that there has been more focus on Slazenger than if the stickers had been there as per normal. So Slaz might gather some cult status – Michael Clarke uses out bats and we don’t even pay him to.

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