SCG Test, Australia v India – Day One: Playlist

Sydney. Town of few words. Annnnd ACTION.

Scene summary: First international at SCG since Phil Hughes was struck playing here.

Scene 1: Cricket Australia tribute

Scene 2: Coin toss

SPD Smith and V Kohli, two young captains here. The track is flat and full of runs. The toss is vital to the outcome of the match. V Kohli calls incorrectly.

My mistake – Split Enz


Scene 3: Morning session 0/123

CJL Rogers and DA Warner get away to a flyer. CJL Rogers is dropped on 19. Both make half centuries before lunch. DA Warner kisses the turf upon reaching 63*. Australia are dancing (bailando in Spanish). Score 0/123

Bailando – Enrique Iglesias


Scene 4: Afternoon session 2/119

DA Warner flays 100 from 108 balls, the opening stand reaches 200 then ends. DA Warner caught at short gully-ish. Next over CJL Rogers drags one on out bowled for 95. SR Watson and SPD Smith see it to tea. Both wickets surprising – like taking the imaginary wicket of Victor Trumper. Score 2/242

Victor Trumper – The Lucksmiths


Scene 5: Evening session 0/106

SPD Smith and SR Watson carry on and carry on. SPD Smith shelling records like the Beatles. For SPD Smith, bat in hand, it’s again Business Time (that’s why they’re called ‘business socks’) 82*, SR Watson 61*. Score 2/348

Business Time – Flight of the Conchords


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  1. Special mention for Umesh Yada’s figures (0-97 off 16 overs): ‘Anywhere’s Better Than Here’, by The Replacements, or ‘Disintegration’ by The Cure. Either/or. Not fussed.

  2. Very clever, David. Since Dave Warner was the day’s only centurion, maybe the other Dave Warner’s (From The Suburbs) “Mug’s Game” might be appropriate to describe India’s fielding. Indeed, a mug might’ve been better than cupped hands when it came to taking catches.

  3. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Great stuff Dave,Appropriate soundtrack mainly. Enz is a ripper. Agree with Bakes re Cures ‘Disintegration’ . From the little I have seen of India so far this season, Iggy Pop’s ‘Passenger’ might also get a spot on the album.

  4. cheers gents.
    Excellent suggestions.
    Taken from the Indian perspective the playlist should have some bleak numbers..

    Perhaps the curator should have his own song: “Wide open road”

  5. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Brilliant OBP even myself not having a ounce of music ability or knowledge appreciates this !

  6. Luke Reynolds says

    You had my attention at Split Enz. Wasn’t aware of The Lucksmiths. Or the Victor Trumper song. Wow. Thank you. How good are Flight of the Conchords? Like Carol Brown, MS Dhoni took the bus out of town. Great work Dave.

  7. How great is that Split Enz film-clip.
    Tim Finn could have been a contender.

  8. Good work DW, and to carry on the ‘other’ Dave Warner connection. His song, We’ve Got Nothing to Lose might even find footing in this Test. Hell, it includes a verse specifically about two batsmen, down the order, faced with the impossible!

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