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SportComment: Ducks and drakes ... and frustration for Finch

12:10  07 december  2018
12:10  07 december  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Ducks and drakes is the old English name for the pastime of skimming flat stones on the surface of water to make them bounce as many times as possible. Early references are primarily to “making” ducks and drakes . © Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Aaron Finch of Australia walks off the field after.

Put yourself in the boots of Aaron Finch and wonder why you play this dear, damnable game. It all began so well, a smartly taken slips catch in the second The rest of the day was good for Australia, too. But it was frustrating for you, the ball repeatedly looping just out of fingertip reach as you fielded

Comment: Ducks and drakes ... and frustration for Finch© Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Aaron Finch of Australia walks off the field after being dismissed for a duck.

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Put yourself in the boots of Aaron Finch and wonder why you play this dear, damnable game.It all began so well, a smartly taken slips catch in the second over of the Test on Thursday morning, with plenty of cheers, too.

In the UAE, all had been emptiness and silence. The rest of the day was good for Australia, too. But it was frustrating for you, the ball repeatedly looping just out of fingertip reach as you fielded in close to Nathan Lyon. Two squirmed through your hands. Harsh judges called them chances. Still, no damage was done. But it was fearfully hot.

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Many aggressive duck cases are lone drakes raised in a house and imprinted onto humans, but sometimes a drake will turn aggressive even if #2 does technically “work.” Some people endure aggressive ducks /geese/roosters for months and finally, in a burst of anger and frustration , just kick

Friday would be yours for the taking. You’d spent your life watching mountainous scores pile up at Adelaide Oval. OK, it was different now, grassier, seamier. But Cheteshwar Pujara had shown what was possible. Concentrate, wait, play straight.

You knew there was talk. How could you not? You weren’t a Test opener; you didn’t even open for Victoria. You weren’t an authentic Test player, you were a short-form type. You were playing for your place. All of you were playing for your places. You could hardly argue.

It wasn’t you who left Australia’s batting in this mess, but it was up to you somehow to clean it up. They say Australia’s sledging is over the top, but what about Australians’ sledging of Australia on social media? There really should be a code of conduct. Responsible media were pussy cats by comparison. Upstairs, no less than six broadcast outlets manned by relays of ex-players were studying your every move. Still, this was how Test cricket was meant to be, a test from every angle.

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ducks and drakes definition: the game of throwing a small, flat stone so that it will skim or skip along the surface of waterducks and drakes Idiomsmake ducks and drakes of to deal with recklessly or also play ducks and drakes with. Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition Copyright ©

At change of innings on Friday, all the batsmen ran off with you. You didn’t take offence. It wasn’t their vote of no confidence, merely the way of things now. You and Marcus Harris were back out there so quickly that the roller was still on the pitch.

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You swung your arms, loosened your shoulders. You had dreamed of this moment, visualised what it would bring, too. You’d studied for it. Ishant Sharma would slant the ball into you. Jasprit Bumrah, he of the Josh Kennedy run-up, would hit your bat hard. Mohammed Shami would skid on, Ravi Ashwin would tease and tantalise. But as one of only two right-handers in the top order, you were best-placed to muffle his wiles.

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So much for best-laid plans. The third ball of the innings was up, you dashed at it, and instantly, two stumps were uprooted and the bails scattered. You might not have known that until later; you didn’t look back. You carried your bat off by the blade. No longer was it a tool of trade. It was a pooh bag, to be deposited appropriately. The crowd were hushed. At least here, you knew it was sympathetic. You spent the rest of the day in the dug-out, cooling your heels, squashing your annoyance. Social media narked away. For once, you could be glad of the dressing room phone ban. Perhaps you took a net, for refinement, as an outlet.

Otherwise, you watched the deteriorating battle. Harris, you well knew, has a blocky look and way, which is no bad thing for an opener; it projects reassurance. You’re kind of blocky yourself. Usman Khawaja was silky as ever. If he was any later to his strokes, he’d be charged a fee. Peter Handscomb, when not missing, hit sweetly. But they found themselves in ruts, and duly then found themselves not in at all. As for poor Shaun Marsh, you would have known to say nothing. On social media, he was trending, unhappily.

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Ducks and drakes definition is - the pastime of skimming flat stones or shells along the surface of calm water. First Known Use of ducks and drakes .

However, ducks are unique creatures. A lot of people think raising ducks and chickens are one in the same. I allow my chickens and ducks to live together as I don’t have a problem with cross breeding with the current drake I have. I have had issues with my chickens catching viral respiratory infections.

While fidgeting and fretting, the better part of you might even had given India their due. They had talked up their attack, and now were walking the talk. You knew them individually, but here they were in tight formation and even more formidable for it. Together, they cast spells over the batsmen, turning them to stone.

Comment: Ducks and drakes ... and frustration for Finch© AP Shattered: Not a pleasant view for Aaron Finch as he surveys the carnage. If your humour was black enough, you might have looked across at the scoreboard and asked if this was not what coach Justin Langer had asked: 30s or thereabouts. Then again you might not have looked at the telltale board at all, for still sitting there at the top was you and your duck. There is no sport like cricket for rubbing it in.

Of course, you jollied your teammates, celebrated little milestones, ran the usual errands. But depending on how far you let your mind wander, you might have dwelled on cricket’s vagaries. Others had their slices of luck, a miss here, an edge there, no harm done. A catch had bobbed up to Murali Vijay the way it never would for you.

You would have affected phlegmatism, and yet wondered, too. Yours was not a great shot, but the edge had been thinner, or thicker, playing into your pads, or down to fine leg ... it happens often enough.

Comment: Ducks and drakes ... and frustration for Finch© AAP Oh dear: The sight for Aaron Finch. Fine lines divide cricket fortunes, but the judgments made for falling one side or the other are lofty and all-knowing. Besides, as the match tightened, who knows what even a few runs at the top of the order might have meant?

But enough of that. Travis Head, a Test neophyte like you, had looked into the eye of the tiger and stared it down. Now he was expanding, with exquisite cuts and punchy drives, and was 50. The tailenders provided stiffening, the Indian bowlers loosened, the margin narrowed and there was a buzz again around the ground.

Australia still trail, traps and hurdles abound still, there are no guarantees, but hope flickers.

This is Test cricket, a game of many new dawns. It’ll kill you, this game. But you wouldn’t want to play any other. Nets, anyone?

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