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The Australian navy did WHAT in 1927???

Was this another of those dark moments in history that they don't want you to know about? I could hardly believe it when I read the following news item in my daily email from Radio Australia:

"Concern over re-opening compensation case for 1927 Solomons massacre

And The Kepler-Wessels goes to...

Mitchell Johnson. A devastating display with the bat in a losing cause was enough to have him breezing past Dale Steyn to break the ribbon first at the end of the six-Test reciprocal series between Australia and South Africa, conducted over the past three months.

BoG updates on Twitter

For the sixth and final Test of the reciprocal Australia-South Africa dual Test series, I will be posting my daily best-on-ground (BoG) votes to Twitter, and posting a final roundup to this blog after the conclusion of the game. Suffice to say that Dale Steyn is now in the box seat.

A reminder that the Midwinter-Midwinter will be back in the Ashes of 2009 coming this July. Maybe I can be encouraged to dream up some other stupid award in the meantime...

The Kepler-Wessels BoG Wanderers Kingsmead update

A number of other projects have kept me away from my own blog lately. I promised at the end of the Sydney Test Australia v South Africa in January that I would continue the BoG points tally for my outstanding play of the Aus-RSA reciprocal Test series (for the hugely unprized The Kepler-Wessels) with the South African leg of the tour.


Australia's a bloody harsh continent to live in. If you live in or near bush you know that the risk of bushfire is always present, and that you need to plan for what to do in the event that a fire is approaching.

BoG fix

Here, belatedly, are my BoG votes for the final three days of that magnificent Third Test between Australia and South Africa at the SCG (for which I was present for the first five hours of Day Three):

Day Three:
3 pts - Mark Boucher;
2 pts - Peter Siddle;
1 pt - Morne Morkel.

Day Four:
3 pts - Ricky Ponting;
2 pts - Simon Katich;
1 pt - Mike Hussey.

Day Five:
3 pts - Peter Siddle;
2 pts - Hashim Amla;
1 pt - Graeme Smith.

The Kepler-Wessels progress tally after Melbourne

Two Tests down, four to go in the 2008-09 The Kepler-Wessels, the BoG (best on ground) award for the reciprocal Australia v South Africa twin Test series which began in Perth last week and continued with the Feast of St Stephen (Waugh) Test in Melbourne over the past few days. Not surprisingly, South Africans dominate, with only Mark Boucher and Morne Morkel yet to register a BoG vote.


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