Australia v South Africa – Hobart Test Day 2: What Did You Do Instead?

Australia had its best day for a long time today, preventing the South Africans from extending their first innings lead and edging, albeit marginally, towards a draw.

The absence of any play meant that the men and women of Australia were forced to attend to more pressing domestic tasks such as updating their online banking preferences, going through that pile of receipts in the study in-tray or, in very rare cases, chatting with their kids.

What did the abandonment of the day’s play mean for you and yours, if anything?

About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. newtown festival dog show. learned dm on the ukelele. explored selection decisions on the 77 Ashes tour. hid from the wind. got angry at the Australia complacency. watched 3 episodes of No Activity.

  2. Whistler Wines in the Barossa with the family – cricket was played, Pfeiffer product was consumed

  3. Had the Point to Pinnacle today in Hobart, which due to conditions became the Point to Point. Apparently the wind chill factor at the summit of Mt.Wellington this morning was -10 and visibility was poor at best. Ended up doing a 2:09 (it was cold and wet, not so windy), then basically saw facebook posts of motorists enraged over missing flights and being late for work because of the late change to the course (which was only confirmed at 6AM, one hour before the Walkers started their journey). This was advertised but probably not clearly. Reckon about 15 random strangers got FaceBlocked.

  4. Edited a book. More news on the latest Almanac initiative soon.

  5. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Had a delightful lunch and conversation in Coburg with fellow knacker Andrew Starkie. Talked cricket for about 30 seconds.

  6. Took our youngest to soccer where just before lunch the apparent temperature was about five degrees, which seemed vaguely Leonard Cohen.

    I tend to miss cricket more when it’s summer.

  7. Luke Reynolds says

    A rare day spent at home, with the Pomborneit Under 16 team that I coach being washed out as well. Read the first 3 chapters of “Stroke of Genius” by Gideon Haigh. As well as spending ‘quality’ time with the kids.

  8. SDA work with no where near as many glances up at the tv screen as the day before ( I did extremely well on Saturday not to yell f… when,Ferg ran himself out

  9. In passing: do any women on this site follow cricket?

    We jumped on a train to Newcastle (Syd – N’castle: 2 and a half hrs) to visit a young friend who’s just recently had a second kidney transplant. About 12 years ago she received a much needed kidney and pancreas dual transplant and was given about eight years to survive. The kidney lasted nearly 12 years and but for the fact that her hubby donated one of his to an unknown person on the waiting list, she probably wouldn’t be here now. But she is, bright and cheery, never complaining – despite blindness in one eye and only have little sight in the other – and thanks to her personality and disposition, and modern medicine, we spent the hot and blustery 33 degree day in their company. Not even a thought or mention of the bat and ball game.

    I did however have it recording just in case there was anything to see when we got home. Good result: rain

  10. “Assembled” Ikea bookcases and [email protected]#**@# If I ever buy flat pack furniture again – shoot me.
    Not that I watched cricket on Saturday when I had the chance. Just checked the score and laughed.

  11. PB- Ikea: Bringing couples closer since 1943.

  12. I suggested they set up a ballroom for parents. To enable make up. After the inevitable IKEA bust-up

  13. Peter Crossing says

    Is the present Australian cricket team somewhat like a piece of IKEA furniture?
    The parts don’t seem to fit together very well and there are bits left over that no-one knows what to do with.

  14. Goodness it was wet. We woke up in Beechworth where it was raining heavily. Drove across to Corowa,where it was raining heavily. Then returned to Beechworth; yep it was raining heavily.


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