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The Indians are coming!

By Thumper 7 January 2008 97

No, not a line from a John Wayne movie. The Indian cricket team (sans monkeys) should be in Canberra today to prepare to be flogged by our mighty Comets.

From memory the last touring side to play the ACT was New Zealand, who got smoked all around manuka by one Jack Smith who hit a double ton. They were scheduled to visit the Bradman Museum in Bowral before moving on to Canberra. Hopefully I’ll get out to Manuka on Thursday or friday and catch a bit of the action. I guess the Jewel of India in Manuka is probably booked out for a while.

All the best to them and i hope they enjoy their stay in our city.

[Ed. Maybe not. Seems that the Indian Cricket team has been ordered to stay in Sydney and there is some conjecture that the entire tour may now be cancelled]

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Hasdrubahl 10:39 pm 11 Jan 08

Solid and patient innings from Rogers J., well done! The Indians didn’t impress and I presume they were just cruising along prior to the rigours of facing an awesome Aussie pace attack in Perth next week.

Thumper 8:30 pm 11 Jan 08

Not long got back from the cricket. ACT boys did well and only trail by a handfull of runs.

John Rogers played exceptionally well to record 98 before holing at at a deep point. this innings should bring him to the attention of a number of state teams.

Chris Rogers (no relation) played without any problems and reached 60 before missing a sweep off Harbihjan and being given out lbw. Rogers will probably make his test debut next week if the big unit Mathew Hayden is unfit. This boy is a good player and wouldn’t look out of place in the stellar Australian line up.

Instant Karma (Sharma), a beanpole with a bit of pace bowled well gaining plenty of lift off a reasonably docile deck. Watch out for this lad, he has the goods to take 200 test wickets.

Pathan swung the new ball around but seemed to have problems with his run up. however, I think he did enough to ensure his selection in the team for Perth, given the pacey nature of the WACA deck.

Harbihjan looked reasonably distracted and recieved a few boos when he bowled.

Shewag bowled a few offies and picked up the wicket of Crosthwaite who was stumped trying to hit him into the cinema complex across the road.

And the Indian fielding was woeful. A number of dropped catches and I don’t think I’ve seen a team that has such weak arms from the deep.

A reasonable crowd was there, maybe a thousand or so and everyone seemed to be enjoying it.

A solid effort by the ACT boys against a world class bunch of cricketers.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 5:55 pm 11 Jan 08

Mr Evil, that’s pure gold.

Mælinar 1:29 pm 11 Jan 08

The only cheeky monkey is when the Stone God makes fun of Pigsy. They are on their way to Gungahlin.

Holden Caulfield 1:05 pm 11 Jan 08

Yes, and Bert Newton made a famous faux pas when he said to Muhammad Ali on stage “I like the boy”. I don’t think he would refer to Ali as “the boy” twice though, given it was acknowledge as a bit of a racial slur at the time.

So, while Jamie Oliver might call someone a cheeky monkey, I doubt he says it to too many black people without prior discussion.

Mr Evil 11:42 am 11 Jan 08

But Jamie Oliver calls people cheeky monkeys, so maybe that’s what that dirty, curry munching bastard meant?

Mælinar 11:20 am 11 Jan 08

I didn’t know that about the term monkey – thanks for teaching me something new.

And here I was thinking they were comparing him to the stone god – the one born from an egg on a mountain top, made magically fertile by elemental forces until a bolt of lightning caused the egg to hatch, the nature of which was irrepressable.

Holden Caulfield 9:32 am 11 Jan 08

“Monkey” is a common racial insult to people of African/West Indian descent, or most black people I guess.

It is designed to suggest that the “monkey” is sub-human and inferior to the person dishing out the insult. As one high profile example, it has been reasonably prevalent in European soccer with African players copping abuse from the crowds.

On the recent Australian ODI tour of India the crowd started using monkey chants towards Symonds. It started with small isolated incidents, but by the third game it was almost as if the whole stadium was taking part and sections of the crowd were caught on camera in still and moving pictures. Around this time it is alleged that Harbhajan also called Symonds a monkey during play. After the game he went to the Indian dressing room as asked for Harbhajan whereby he explained that the term “monkey” was insulting. Apparently Harbhajan understood, apologised and said it wouldn’t happen again…

hingo_VRCalaisV6 8:39 am 11 Jan 08

Absolutely Thumper. A good effort by ACT. Hope they can bring up the runs to go with it.

Thumper 8:19 am 11 Jan 08

The ACT boys have done well.

India 9/325 dec. ACT 0/10 at stumps.

And not a sledge to be heard.

Any politicians out there who can push the pigheaded Cricket Australia to give the ACT limited first class status?

Hasdrubahl 11:12 pm 10 Jan 08

I’m with Sands. There are various human ‘races’, but I don’t think monkeys are a ‘race’.

And why the constant association between monkeys & dark-skinned people? Have they never heard of the Albino monkeys of Central Tadjikistan? Whiter than f**king polar bears, they are.

sepi 9:41 pm 10 Jan 08

I hadn’t either til I watched a few English tv soapies.

It is big with soccer fans there – they call black/dark people monkeys or gorillas and they jump up and down scratching their armpits when the black players go past.

It’s a pity that it has now come here too.

Sands 9:20 pm 10 Jan 08

nope. I’ve had the dumbest day on the face of the earth so I figured why stop now.

But, no. I really don’t get it. I haven’t heard it before now!

Holden Caulfield 9:07 pm 10 Jan 08

You’re not joking are you? 😮

Sands 8:04 pm 10 Jan 08

Ok, I’m sorry but I have to ask it. Why is calling someone a monkey racist?

Absent Diane 5:12 pm 10 Jan 08

Given that we share the same ancestory of monkeys I would have to say yes.

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