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Thursday, October 21, 2021

troubles for Aussie test cap 356 !!

Domestic violence (also named family violence) is violence or other abuse in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Domestic violence is often used as a synonym for intimate partner violence, which is committed by one of the people in an intimate relationship against the other person- in  its broadest sense, domestic violence also involves violence against children, parents, or the elderly. It takes multiple forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive, and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms .. .. …

The Australian government is offering one-off payments to help people leave violent relationships. It was stated recently that victims can apply for a payment of 5,000 Australian dollars ($3,700), which includes cash and direct payments for expenses such as school fees. The scheme is open to all genders. However women are expected to make up the bulk of applicants in a country where one woman is killed by a partner every nine days, according to government data.

While the payment has been welcomed by advocates, some say it doesn't address the root causes of family violence in Australia. Mary Crooks, executive director of the Victorian Women's Trust, says the country needs to have a larger debate about the "blokey" culture that places men at the head of the family and in most positions of government and corporate power. She also said questions need to be asked about why women are the ones being forced to leave the family home. "There is a big moral and ethical and policy issue here. Why does she have to further go through that extraordinary trauma and dislocation to her life when she hasn't, in fact, been the one perpetrating the harm?" Crooks said. "Why does she have to be the one to pick up the kids and pets quickly, and possibly not be able to get a place in a refuge?"

Australia scores poorly on international rankings of gender equality, which can contribute to an uneven power dynamic in relationships and make women economically vulnerable. The World Economic Forum's 2021 Global Gender Gap Report ranks Australia at 50 -- well below the United States, the United Kingdom, France and New Zealand. The trouble got fuelled as the pandemic worsened,  the economic disparity chasm got deeper  as more women lost their jobs or had their hours cut .. ..

Way back in Dec 9 1993, at Melbourne – debuted the frail young bowler who went on to spearhead the Aussie attack – Glenn McGrath by name and alongside debuted an aggressive right handed opener who scored well in that match which Australia lost because of a good innings by Hansie Cronje.  The man played 42 One dayers but was not considered a One-day specialist !  .. ..

Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice was an Australian reality television series which was based on the original British version, Dancing on Ice. The series premiered on the Nine Network in 2006 at 7:30 and involved celebrities ice dancing on a specially constructed ice rink located in Sydney's north-west suburbs. The series ran for one season before being cancelled, and the winner of the competition was model Jake Wall. The series reportedly cost several million dollars to produce and received above-average ratings. During training almost every contestant suffered an injury of some sort, the most serious of which being this Opening batsman  severing a tendon in his hand after it was accidentally skated over by his partner.  

The man in news for wrong reasons – “Michael Jonathon Slater” is an ex-Cricketer and former television presenter. Slater made his debut in the 1993 Ashes series at the Old Trafford alongside another debutant, Brendon Julian. With Australia batting first, and Slater, an opener, being the first of the two debutants to play a role in the game, it was communicated to him that he was Test cap number 356.  A passionate individual, Slater was desperate to display his love for the Baggy Green. He tattooed the number on his body and ordered a special number plate inscribed with “MS356” for his brand new Ferrari.

He played in 74 Test matches and 42 One Day Internationals for the Australia national cricket team.. Slater went on to test cricket, opening the batting with mixed-success, scoring 5,312 runs and 14 centuries at an average of 42. He was generally not successful in One Day International games, averaging a lowly 24.07 and was dropped from one day teams. Throughout his career, Slater was susceptible to the "nervous nineties": he was dismissed in the nineties 9 out of the 23 times.

Remember that Chepauk test 2001 when India bounced back to win the series, thanks to Harbhajan Singh blazing.  It was a tricky 155 target in the 4th innings in that test no. 1539 at Chepauk in Mar 2001 – Aussies batted first; Slater fell early – Aussies made 326/3 on day 1 with Hayden blazing with a century.  They were eventually all out for 391; Hayden making 203. Harbhajan took 7 for 133.  In that test Samir Dighe and Sairaj Bahutule made their debuts  adding to the strong Bombay contingent of Sachin, Zahir and Nilesh KUlkarni. Sadagopan Ramesh opened with SS Das and made some delectable shots.  In the chase, when Ramesh was run out it was 76/2 after 19.3 overs; suddenly pressure built up ~ it was 122-5 [Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid gone] Laxman batted beautifully making 66 and when he was out it was 135 and in the same over Miller removed Bahutule too…. 20 to go – 3 wickets in hands, seemed dicey. Sameer Dighe the debutant was solid and Harbhajan scored the winning runs which was a great relief to all of us present in the stadium and those watching on TV.  The last session was so tense, that all results were possible – people did not speak to the other; some did not change their seats, some smoked, some were baiting their nails.. as it ended Indian way.

In  June this year,  David Warner and Michael Slater  were in a group of 39 Australians, comprising players, coaches and support staff, to have flown to Maldives  on a charter flight organised by the BCCI.  Star opener David Warner and cricketer-turned-commentator Michael Slater denied reports of their involvement in a drunken bar brawl in Male, where Australian cricketers competing in the half-suspended IPL had to wait  to board a flight home.    According to the ‘Daily Telegraph’, Warner and Slater got into a late night physical altercation after a heated argument at the Taj Coral Resort where they were in quarantine.  Slater had made headlines after he lambasted threats of jail time and fines for returning Australians put in place by his government as a “disgrace” and said Prime Minister Scott Morrison had “blood” on his hands.

Now comes the news that  Michael Slater has been arrested over an alleged domestic violence incident. NSW Police have confirmed a 51-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday at a home in Manly on Sydney’s northern beaches. He was taken to Manly police station and has not been charged. Officers began investigating on Tuesday after receiving reports of an alleged domestic violence incident. He was recently dropped from Channel Seven’s commentary team for the upcoming summer cricket season, with the broadcaster citing financial pressures.

Years later after he made his debut -  in late 2001 – he was informed  that he was actually cap No.357, as it wasn’t the batting order that determined cap number; instead it was the alphabetical order. The ACB called up the debutants from the game and after a discussion settled upon making an exception for Slater. James Sutherland, the ACB CEO at the time, stated, “We understand that Michael was told he was 356 and as a result has always behaved accordingly. He has obviously gone to great lengths to demonstrate his pride not only in that cap number but also in playing for Australia and that is something to be applauded. Given these fairly exceptional circumstances, we are happy to allow Michael to retain the number 356.”

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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