‘Thanks,’ said Mitchell, sweeping the broken victuals into an old pillow-slip which he carried in his person for such an emergency. ‘I s’pose you find it dull round here.’
‘Yes, pretty dull.’
‘No one to talk to much?’
‘No, not many.’
‘Tongue gets rusty?’
‘Well, so long, and thank yer.’
‘So long,’ said the cook (he nearly added ‘thank yer’).
‘Well, good day; I’ll see you again.’
Mitchell shouldered his spoil and left.”
– “Mitchell: A character sketch,” Henry Lawson.
Australia is down two Mitchells.
I bowled a pretty fast ball once.
It would have been 1993. Maybe 1994.
And yet, with Mitchell Starc’s injury, still I have been overlooked for Pat Cummins.
And Mitchell Marsh has been omitted.
Or was he injured?
Australia down two Mitchells.
Who will come in for Australia? AC Agar? GJ Maxwell? UT Khawaja?
What is this dark, muddy-looking pitch going to do, in Ranchi’s first ever Test?
1-1 with two to play.
V Kohli is still seeing red over SPD Smith’s checking with the dressing room over whether to make a DRS referral.
That was probably outright cheating.
It certainly looked that way.
And I’m not sure “brain fade” would have satisfied pundits had boots been reversed.
But now we are back to the cricket.
After diplomatic headaches, selection queries and all the smoke and haze, Test cricket is back.
Bring on the cricket.
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