January 1, Kirribilli House, Sydney. Two of these three men still had their job at the end of the year:
It almost seems like destiny for Michael Clarke to get a ton on Test debut, and that’s how it panned out. Great knock from a player who really should have been in the Test team a year ago. He’s a very mature 23 year-old, and congratulations to him.
I am sure we have seen the start of a fine Test career, and probably someone who will become Australian captain – I’ll stick my neck out and say he will succeed Ponting in the role.
Congrats also to Anil Kumble on reaching 400 Test wickets. Now onto Warnie to make that world record his own!
The Sydney Test of January 1984 was a special event, as announcements came through during the match that both Greg Chappell and Dennis Lillee were to play their last Test for Australia. Although the match itself was nothing spectacular – Australia beat Pakistan by ten wickets – there was plenty of emotion as Chappell ended his career with a big century and Lillee ended his with a five-fer. Twenty years later, the Sydney Test of January 2004 will be no less special. Continue reading “When the Waugh is over, Got to start again”