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An evening with some Ashes legends
23/11/2010 23:45:00

This time last year, I blogged about a charity dinner I attended at Trinity School (where I am Chairman of the Governors) at which Ian McGeechan, Kyran Bracken and Will Greenwood were the guests.

Given the success of last year's event, Trinity have decided to make this an annual event. This evening's highly entertaining dinner was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and with the Ashes series just about to get underway in Brisbane the guests were three Ashes legends Mark Butcher, who was in the same year as me at Trinity, Phil Tufnell and Darren Gough. Mark had the honesty to admit that they didn't have an Ashes series win to their name between the three of them, although to be fair the Australian side they played against is arguably the greatest side ever to play Test cricket. Mark's 173 not out against Australia at Headingly in 2001 is certainly one of the greatest innings I have ever had the privlege to watch.

Opinions differed about our prospects this winter. Tufnell and Gough were both very bullish, Mark felt it was fairly evenly matched. I am in the latter camp - we certainly have the better bowling attack but the Australians have the edge in the batting department. The First Test is crucial - Australia have a great record at the Gabba but if we can get a draw or even a win there, the pressure from the Australian media and public will start to grow. Not long to wait now...

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