Australia v India – Sydney, Day 5: School’s out for the Aussies!





An interesting day is ahead of us as Australia (cricket) hope to hold of the rampaging India (cricket & soccer) who are taking all before them at the moment.


It is now 1.30pm and it is still raining and I have just heard that the TV people, yes, the TV people will be making a decision very soon.


No more comments on that aspect of sport.  I will leave it to my esteemed articulate (don’t waste words) colleagues such as Fisho, PB, David W, Dips, Colin Ritchie et al to fill in the appropriate holes.


Read a great article by Malcolm Knox yesterday about boys (Australia) playing with men (India) and I would just like to give my final examination results on the boys. I wish to acknowledge Malcolm in my article.


Attendance:  Every one of the 14 boys in the class attended regularly although Marnus was only asked to attend the last lesson.  Marsh Minor was allowed to return home because he failed the only exam he sat for. Felt sorry for young Siddle who ran fag throughout the term but never given a chance.


The following students received passes which means they automatically go on the school tour to England in June-July.


TIM PAINE (School Captain) led by example throughout the term but failed to influence the more experienced students such as Marsh Major


NATHAN LYON put a real spin on things eary in the term but seemed distracted during the latter half but he kept trying and that is important.


MARCUS HARRIS started at the bottom of the class but did his homework. Came from an ordinary school and is to be complimented on his diligence and attention for most of the time.


PATRICK CUMMINS set a fine example with his “never-say-die” attitude and it is to be hoped even some of the seniors can take something from him.


The following students   received minus passes and will be considered for the school trip provided they show improvement in the next term when it starts later this month


JOSH HAZLEWOOD unlucky not to receive automatic inclusion but the work he had done at his previous school (Howard College) did not fit our curriculum.  Honest performer.


MITCHELL STARC probably felt vulnerable by the performance of his best mate at our sister Girls College and the influence of former student Warne who had been expelled. Been advised to rest up.


USMAN KHAWAJA distracted by events outside the school yard.  His early essays were good but when it came to the final examination he was not seen.  An enigma.


MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE from an international school with little knowledge of our curriculum but showed promise.


The following students failed and will perhaps miss out on the study tour if some of the students from our feeder schools show improvement next term.  Under school guidelines we have kept notes to a minimum as the word “failed” speaks for itself.












All five will have meetings the Principal Langer next week to ascertain their respective positions in the senior school.




Mentioned earlier in this match my top six of the series and with nothing to do today except watch the rain I have had chance to rubber stamp the final positions.

1. Cheteshwar Pujara
2. Jasprit Bumrah
3. Virat Kohli
4. Rishabh Pant
5. Mayank Argawal
6. Patrick Cummins


Top five all Indians speaks for itself.  The only other Australians worthy of consideration were Nathan Lyon, Tim Paine and to a lesser extent Marcus Harris.


Three things that Australia can, at least, be enthused about are – Tim Paine’s captaincy, Marcus Harris as an opener and Patrick Cummins determination.  Have excluded Nathan Lyon because we expect him to do well and he does.


One can only guess what the Australian team will be like for the Tests against Sri Lanka but unfortunately the performances of those picked does not necessarily put them on the plane to England later this year.  Sri Lanka are at their weakest for many years at the moment.


So that is it for the series against India where the visitors were far too good despite only winning 2 games to 1.


What have we learned?  Very little other than Harris can bat.


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About Bob Utber

At 84 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he has always done since growing up on a small farm at Lang Lang. Talking, watching and writing sport and in recent years writing books. He lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny) and a groodle named 'Chloe on Flinders' and can be found at Deakin 27 every day.


  1. Citrus – what happens if the Sri Lankans roll us? Wouldn’t that be interesting? Can you imagine the drippy crap coming out of CA if that happened!

    Agree with your report card. To me the disappointments were always going to be the disappointments. No surprises there. But Hazelwood and Starc were the biggest shocks. Hardly put a foot forward. Especially Starc.

    But the issues go way deeper than just poor form.

    Enjoyed reading your reports across the series.

  2. Colin Ritchie says

    Disappointing end to the game but I think everyone glad it is finally over, at least this part of the season. Need to regroup, and probably take some risks/chances with team selection to find out if somebody is ready put their hand up and make a statement. Who? I’ve no idea really but it’s time to give others the opportunity to see if they are up to Test cricket. Well done Citrus, enjoyed your articulate and intelligent reports.

  3. Only the early school bell in Sydney saved the school from total embarrassment

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    Think we should be very wary of accepting any other students from Howard College.

  5. Citrus Bob says

    DIPS – heaven forbid but I would not write it off. The Sri Lanka’s are an enigma and hey, we are not much better.Even worse is if we win easily and everyone gets very smug.

    CR – agree they should take some risks. cant think who at the moment. Think we Knackers should hold a Forum and send findings to CA. My fave player Fawad Ahmed, Joe Burns, Matthew Wade to name three.

    RD & LR – Have been speaking with the School of Hard Knocks who suggest they have some pupils there who have never heard of Howard College et al.

  6. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Please accept my thanks for your sterling efforts this summer Citrus

  7. Citrus Bob – that’s an outstanding summer from you.
    And thanks.
    I greatly look forward to your stories.

  8. John Butler says

    Well played Citrus. Strong marks for you on quality and stamina. Could you please have a chat with our batsmen?

    After all the sackings and assorted palava, the question remains: have any lessons really been learnt?


  9. Peter Crossing says

    Thanks for the astute insights during the series Citrus. India are a pretty good side. Your summary of the Australians is spot on with the performances of Paine, Cummins and Harris seen as the most positive in looking to the future. As cricket now drowns in the excess of T20 one wonders just what the future holds for Australian Test cricket?

  10. Citrus Bob says

    Thank you all for your comments. To me the series has been absorbing if only for trying to work out who will be in our next Test team.
    Well, well have just received the Press release – IN; PUCOVSKI BURNS RENSHAW
    OUT; Marsh Major, Marsh Minor, Handscomb, Finch
    Read Michael Vaughan in The Age today makes some great comments. Time to break up Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood – to much alike. Pat myself on the back for this one as well because they are. Thats what happens when you come out of a jam factory. He likes MY two Siddle and Copeland because they are d-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-t
    Sid is in but don’t forget Copeland who told me in Adelaide “I have never bowled better in my life”.
    Thanks again guys aways love talking about the GREAT GAME.

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