Posted by: jkirkby8712 | January 6, 2012

Thursday, 5 January 2012 – ‘Pink’ day at the cricket – for the battle against breast cancer.

I was interested to read in yesterday’s media, that Victorian Premier, Ted Bailleau’s Coalition State Government has recorded it’s biggest slump in support since winning government in November 2010, losing four percentage points of it’s primary vote to Labor, in a rare sign of trouble for the conservative side of politics in the Julia Gillard era. It is the first time in a decade state government has finished its first year in a weaker position than when it was elected.  While Bailleau’s personal standing is still strong as comparted with his Opposition leader, and he is still well liked,  the personal ratings don’t compensate for what opinion makers claim is a troubling poll for the Victorian government.  My view is that they seem to be ‘stumbling’ along with government without creating too much excitement most of the time, while in comparison, with Labor under its new leader, one barely seems to be aware that they exist, unless you were a Labor supporter. Perhaps it is simply because it is state politics and doesn’t get the same media coverage between elections, than at the Federal level  –  certainly, the volatile negative attacking nature of the Federal Opposition, appears on the surface to be much lacking at the State opposition level. Nevertheless, it appears obvious that Mr Bailleau’s government will need become more pro-active in 2012, and let the voting public become more aware that things are taking place, and that changes for the better are occurring in this state. Those things are not so apparent at the present time, we just seem to be gliding along!!

A bit of reading early this morning, of ‘Tobruk’ by Peter Fitzsimons  –  a cable from British PM Winston Churchill, dated  10 January 1941 to the Australian forces in North Africa at the time “Nothing must hamper the capture of Tobruk, but thereafter all operations in Libya are subordinated to aiding Greece. We expect and require prompt and active compliance with our decisions, for which we bear full responsibility” [p.122].  This was related to that fact that while the Italians had not really been successful in their ‘invasion/attack’ ob Greece, it was anticipated that the Germans would soon invade Greece themselves. A long standing agreement between Britain and Greece that the countries would come to the aid of each other in such circumstances, meant an obligation on the Britain to do just that for Greece. But Britain at the time was running short of troop resources to commit to such a venture  –  the Australians in North Africa were their best option to meet that aid commitment……….I’m finding this book extremely interesting, but at Chapter 6 of 17 lengthy and detailed chapters [after two weeks occasional reading] I have a way to go!!

Weather a little cooler today, felt I must make the effort to get out in the garden later. Yesterday, I had my first walk for the year, and while the left ankle does not yet feel 100%, it held up fairly well during that walk.  Will go out again, early  this evening after the heat of the day has passed.  Susie was away overnight again, and this morning, the house was quiet, something I’m well used to at present. The TV would only go on during the day for something like the cricket, which was of course continuing this morning, as the Australians, and Michael Clarke in particular, continued with their big innings.  More on that later, no doubt!

{i had a brief look back at my Diary for 2006, written prior to commencing this blog later that year  –  just one sentence on a foolscap page for Thursday 5 January 2006 –  it said ‘Joined David and Raquel at lunchtime, they were walking Jodie’s dog’  – they were three co-workers at my workplace of the time, at the Alternative Technology Association, and we were all obviously out walking in the Fitzroy Gardens, which were conveniently across the road from our offices. Jodie, who was not with us, had obviously brought her large dog into the office for the day!!!!]

Not sure where I found the words below, just a little collection I have of unsourced quotations, it sounded just right for this morning – it’s such a pity, that in so many parts of today’s world, that kind of philosophy doesn’t or won’t apply to the way many peoples lives and think!

If each of us fights

cruelty, injustice and greed

in our own little worlds,

perhaps there will be no need

for the next generation

to go to war –

And similarly, this verse could follow on from that thought  – wouldn’t it be great to have the goodwill and generosity of crowd support that was taking place at the Sydney Cricket Ground today, at what was described as the McGrath Foundation ‘pink’ day of cricket [see below]

There are some causes

for which I would die –

cruelty, injustice and greed

but I cannot think of one

for which I would kill

Today, at the  Sydney Cricket ground, we had Pink Stumps day 2012, as part of Day 3 of the second Test match between India and Australia, in support of the battle against breast cancer. The ground was covered in a pink tinge with pink signage, stumps and Australian players sporting pink batting grips, and the fans also joined in on the act and turned the grandstands pink as well.  The trademark Pink Stumps day intended to raise more than 1 million dollars for the Jane McGrath Foundation, was initiated by former fast bowler Glenn McGrath’s then wife, Jane, who died of breast cancer in 2008. McGrath was also present at the ground during the match, where he also helped host the annual Jane McGrath High Tea. Since the inaugural pink Test at the SCG in 2009, the funds raised have been utilized by the Foundation to place specialist breast cancer nurses in communities right across Australia and to augment breast cancer awareness among young women. The Channel 9 cricket commentary team also fully joined in the occasion with their large floppy pink, one of them even daring to wear a pink suit, which personally I thought looked terrible!!  However it was all part of a wonderful spirit of support for the ideals of the foundation, and which has become an annual event on Day 3 of the Sydney Test match..

It was also a day of records at the cricket, as far as Australia was concerned. The Aussies resumed this morning at 4 wickets fore 482, with Michael Clarke not out 251 and Michael Hussey not out 55.  The following reports tell the story of the day as far as the cricket was concerned.


Well Michael Clarke, the Australian captain,  thinks anyone who believes a victory will come quickly in the 2nd Test, despite the Australian cricket team being well on top, are kidding themselves, and insists that team must be prepared to work hard to ensure a win..  The captain made a mammoth 329 not out in Australia’s 4(dec)-659 in reply to India’s first innings of 191, meaning the tourists needed 468 in their second innings just to make the hosts bat again.  Looking at the Nine network report of the game, we read the following.   Australia still have their worries at the top of the order, but their colossal first innings in the second Test against India at the SCG was a triumphant return to dominance with the bat. .  The hosts are just eight wickets from taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series going into Friday’s fourth day but Clarke thinks anyone who believes a victory will come quickly are kidding themselves.  The captain made a mammoth 329 not out in Australia’s 4(dec)-659 in reply to India’s first innings of 191, meaning the tourists needed 468 in their second innings just to make the hosts bat again.   Australia declared at 4-659 with Michael Clarke 329 not out and Michael Hussey unbeaten on 150, and with nearly two and a half days left in the Test, they really could have kept on going The 163-over effort at the crease was the equal second highest team total amassed at the SCG.  It was Australia’s biggest innings total since an Ashes Test against England in Cardiff back in 2009.  They scored 6-674 declared that day, but in more recent times Australia have found it a battle just to even get past 150.  To break the shackles will give the batting line-up a timely boost of confidence at a time when the bowling attack seems to have finally found the right balance and plan.  The two-day massacre of India at the SCG was also the first time since that same Ashes Test at Cardiff that three or more Australian batsmen have scored centuries in an innings.  Back in July 2009 it was Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Marcus North and Brad Haddin..  This time it was Clarke, Hussey and Ricky Ponting’s meaningful 1  On day one and two, captains past and present, Ponting and Clarke, racked up a 288-run partnership.  It was a record partnership by Australian pairings against India, but it lasted less than 24 hours.  On day three Clarke and Hussey made short work of the 288 and turned it into a monstrous 334 not out – the fourth biggest ever compiled at the SCG in its landmark 100th Test. Clarke’s 329 not out was the fourth highest innings by an Australian, fifth highest ever by a captain and the biggest score and first triple hundred seen at the SCG.  In contrast, back in  November, 2011,  against South Africa in Cape Town, historians were struggling to keep up with the horrific second day which saw Australia lose 9-21 and be all out for a 102-year-low of 47.  That record highs and not record lows were being brought up at a rate of knots in Sydney just a month and a half later, can only be a good thing for Australia as they fight to reclaim the No.1 spot in the world Test rankings.  Incidentally, had Michael Clarke kept batting, he would have surpassed the previous highest Australian Test scorers of the late Donald Bradman, and Nine commentator and former Australian captain, Mark Taylor scores of 334 [when Taylor made that score in 1998, he declared, rather than exceeding the Bradman score. Subsequent to that match, Matthew Hayden scored a mammoth 380 runs in 2003 in a Test match over in Perth.

Here is Michael Clarke with the ‘pink’ environment clear in the background –

Clarke gets his 300

For cricket lovers in Australia, the 5th January, 2012,. Particularly if you were at the Sydney Cricket Ground would be a ‘pink’ day to remember. Incidentally, chasing Australia’s big lead,. with two days to play, the Indians were 2 wickets down for 116 runs at Stumps tonight.










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