“Backlift!” an ode to the Prince who strode onto Junction Oval for the best of causes

What a thing of beauty
No matter what the occasion
The subtle footwork, the shimmy
The bat poised to round though the trajectory of the incoming delivery


Then swing…bat vertical! The sweet timing
A stroke of beauty – a broad Caribbean smile breaks out
The ball already through the covers
No need to run


A swagger as he hovers about the crease ready to reload another careening drive
Pure class and grace
Memories flood back of watching him dismantle Aussie attacks and earn admiration at the same time


Thank you Brian Lara.




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About Richard Marlow

a humble middle-years teacher in a “middle of the road” private school in Brisbane having being a pastor, a youth worker, a school chaplain, a bank johnnie – 3 different banks, worked in Jails, driven a cab and been in bands amongst other things.


  1. West Indies v Australia Bridgetown 1999

    Australia 490 (SR Waugh 199, RT Ponting 104, NO Perry 3/102)
    West Indies 329 (SL Campbell 105, RD Jacobs 68, GD McGrath 4/128)
    Australia 146 (SK Warne 32, MJ Slater 26, CA Walsh 5/39)

    West Indies target: 308

    West Indies 9/311 (BC Lara 153*, GD McGrath 5/92, JN Gillespie 3/62)

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