Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Don't forget your toothbrush, Doctor

It's time to delve into the Nutley archive: for this Perth Test has drawn up two blogging memories from England's tour to India earlier this year.

As the Australian players trickled into their Perth hotel over the weekend, it brought back memories of an absolute pearler of a cricket anecdote that journalist Ted Corbett told me about earlier this year. It centres around Dean Jones and his epic double ton in Madras twenty years ago and, more importantly in the context, why you see Australians carry their washbags from the team bus when they check-in at hotels on the sub-continent. For more laughs, read Ted's March 6 entry.

The Fremantle Doctor, Perth's cooling sea breeze, should help the spinners get some afternoon drift for this third Test - it is at its best during the December and January months after all - while it should offer the bowlers some swing after lunch. If the 'Doctor' is as consistent as it has proven to be this week, then England's use of weather patterns would come into the equation for the second time this year. Check out the Wankhede high tide factor entry here.