2009 My Test live-tweeting debut

I signed up for Twitter in 2008 and like a lot of people at the time had trouble wondering what was so special about it. Took quite a while to click, and one of the first uses I started exploring was live coverage of sports events, inspired in no small part by the IRC commentary on #cricket that I used to participate in during the 1990s.

First, brief attempt was on the second day of New Zealand’s tour match against NSW on 14 Nov 2008 where the one noteworthy thing was my first observations of the late Phillip Hughes.

January 5 2009, the third day of the Third Test between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It was also the beginning of what has become the annual Jane McGrath Day, the Pink day in memory of Glenn McGrath’s wife who died the previous year and fund-raising event for the McGrath Foundation, established in her name to provide support for people with breast cancer.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting chose to bat first, and they made 445 in their first innings (Michael Clarke 138). South Africa began day three at 1 for 125 (Hashim Amla 30, Jacques Kallis 36):

Apologies herewith for the lame references to prominent radio comedians Hamish and Andy:

That was where my battery ran out, and it was nineteen days before I tweeted again.

South Africa were all out 327 in their first innings (Mark Boucher 89, Peter Siddle 5/59). Australia at stumps 0/33 in front of 24665 spectators. They went on to declare their second innings at 4/257.

South Africa, needing 376, were all out for 272 five minutes short of forcing a draw despite Graeme Smith’s famous appearance at the crease at number eleven batting with a broken hand.

Techo footnote:  I used a Nokia E65 phone before the days of QWERTY keypads on mobiles.


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