Ian the Young

Yesterday, this dapper bloke passed away.

Ian David Craig

Australia’s youngest ever test cricketer, Ian Craig debuted at age 16 in 1953. Immediately labelled ‘The New Bradman’, he recovered from the media pressures to become the youngest ever captain of the Aussie team in 1958.

Sure, he never became The Don, but he was and will forever be Ian the Young.

Win the shirt off Rodney Hogg’s back

Rodney Hogg Pommiebasher  Polo Shirt T-shirt

Mates,

The Pommiebasher gear is rolling off the press (or drying at the screen printer, at least) and we can’t wait to see you getting about in it.

To thank you for being some of our very first Pommiebasher mates, we’d like to give you the chance to win the shirt off Rodney Hogg’s back!

Ten lucky winners will have their very own Pommiebasher Polo Shirt, as modelled here by the great Rodney Hogg!

It’s easy:

1. Email win@pommiebasher.com with the subject line ‘Win Rodney’s polo shirt’.

2. Include your full name, size and postal address and tell us what is your favourite piece of Pommiebasher clothing (and which colour!). Check out the collection here: http://pommiebasher.com/store/

3. You’ll be automatically added to our mailing list (we’ll never sell your details or spam you).

5. Wait to hear if you’ve won. Winners will be chosen at random on 28 December 2013 and prizes will be mailed out in January.

Good luck mates!

 

** This competition is for mates with Aussie postal addresses only.

Pommiebasher Spirit—Part 2: Thommo, ‘basher-in-chief

It’s not all fiery, take-no-prisoners competition between Aussies and
Poms. Every now and then we like to share a little Commonwealth spirit.

On the eve of the 2010 tour, Aussie legend Jeff Thomson let slip a little
Pommie love, much to the contrast of his usual perspective as
‘basher-in-chief:

‘The fact is the Poms are more disciplined, their bowlers are better…I
believe their bowlers bowl tighter than our blokes and we don’t have
the patience that they do. They’re just better organised than we are…
[England coach] Andy Flower is a mate of mine, he’s a very smart guy
and a tough bloke…He would have Australia worked out. He’s a great
thinker and he’d be passing that on to the players.’

Of course, this is also the same bloke who once said:

’I enjoy hitting a batsman more than getting him out. It doesn’t worry
me in the least to see a batsman hurt, rolling around screaming and
blood on the pitch.’

So, maybe take whatever Thommo says with a rather large handful of
salt.

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Pommiebasher Spirit—Part 1: Boonie (and Jack)

There are many reasons David Boon epitomises the Pommiebasher spirit.
Here’s three for starters:

  • three centuries in consecutive tests against the Poms, in England
  • an evident love of beer
  • one magnificent moustache.

He’s also clearly got a sensitive side.

Few know that it was a Pom—former Lancashire journeyman Jack
Simmons—that gave Boonie his big start. Simmons spotted Boonie as a
little tacker in Tassie, guided him to his first-class debut as a teen, and
championed him as a young man for the Aussie Test side.

Of course we all know that Boonie went on to Pommiebashing glory.
Crikey, he became one of the most iconic cricketers in modern history.

And Boonie always remembered the part Simmons played in getting him
there. So much so that when his son was born, he named the lad Jack—
after his old mentor. D’awwwwwwwww.

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