Archive for March 18, 2004

Peugot New Weapon Against Al-Qaida

March 18, 2004

Best excuse ever ™ for road rage comes to you today from France:

A driver in Montpellier, France, has been convicted for trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for fugitive al-Qaeda boss Osama Bin Laden.
A court gave the 35-year-old man – named as Pierre, a struggling artist – a three-month suspended sentence.

His victim ran from the oncoming car, escaping injury when the vehicle slammed into the side of the street.

“It wasn’t Bin Laden,” the driver’s lawyer, David Mendel, said. “If it was, we would have won US$5 million.”

Let’s hope the French version of the Australia Council recognises this talented man’s protest at the corporatisation of justice and the biting commentary on the isolation of modern society. Or something. At least give him free meds.

Very Good Mr Gilly

March 18, 2004

Scott isn’t a big fan, but I have to agree with Peter Roebuck on yesterday’s first session in Kandy. Not bowling Gillespie was puzzling to say the least, especially as Kasprowicz was bowling rubbish and getting slapped everywhere. Hasn’t he ever bowled to a tailender before?

Nevertheless, it was entertaining stuff. Watching Murali bat provides endless amusement for the real cricketers in the commentary box, but to a park cricketer like myself…Well, I see those kinds of shots every week, and it’s not unusual for them to be played by me or, indeed, off my bowling. The old flat bat over mid-off is a personal favourite of mine.

Chaminda Vaas also did an extremely good job. I’m a big Vaas fan in any case, usually for his bowling, but there’s nothing a fast bowler loves more than seeing one of his brothers stick it up the supposed batsmen by making them all look like amateurs.

The real highlight of yesterday was the return to form of Adam Gilchrist. Once again Peter Roebuck called this one right. Gilly has been struggling trying to begin his innings against spin. He seems to need to feel bat coming onto the ball for a while to get his radar set, after which he can club them over the fence with few problems. That’s exactly what happened yesterday. Murali turned a couple about 6 feet which he missed by a long way, but I don’t think any batsman is going to have much luck with that sort of delivery.

The performance of Gilly at #3 yesterday raises some serious questions, at least according to the barstool selectors down at the Nookemburra yesterday. Would Australia be better served by batting him higher all the time? He certainly plays well at the top in the one dayers.