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ICC World Cup: This boxer rolls with punches at SCG

The ground roller at Sydney Cricket Ground is probably one of the oldest in the history of Australian cricket

In between the statues of Steve Waugh and Richie Benaud, absolute legends of Australian cricket, at the Sydney Cricket Ground complex rests the 'Boxer', which has a unique and historic association with the SCG.

The Boxer roller at the SCG yesterday. Pics/Ashwin Ferro
The Boxer roller at the SCG yesterday. Pics/Ashwin Ferro 

It's a ground roller, probably one of the oldest in the history of Australian cricket. This sandstone roller was used to prepare wickets at the SCG way back in 1901, and got its name from Boxer, the horse that used to pull it across the ground.

Apparently, the horse was fitted with special padded shoes so as to avoid any damage to the playing surface. CA's well-worded tribute to Hughes Cricket Australia paid tribute to their former opening batsman, the late Phil Hughes by installing a plaque just outside the Australian team's dressing room at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January.

The plaque has some
beautiful words inscribed on it. Hughes passed away two days after he was hit on the head by a delivery from pacer Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield match in November last year when he was on 63.

The plaque dedicated to late Phil Hughes outside the Australian team dressing room.
The plaque dedicated to late Phil Hughes outside the Australian team dressing room. 

The plaque makes no mention of the manner of Hughes' death and instead simply calls it the last ball of his life. "Hughes faced his last ball on 25 November, 2014 playing for South Australia against NSW (New South Wales) at SCG.

His death two days later united the sporting world in grief, with Cricket Australia declaring him 63 not out forever," reads the plaque.

Bangladeshis still upset with India
Bangladeshi cricket supporters still can't get over their team's 109-run defeat to India in the quarter-finals in Melbourne four days ago. A couple of taxi drivers in Sydney couldn't stop complaining to this correspondent about Indian cricket and the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) "influence" over the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"That (full toss to Rohit Sharma) was not a no-ball, Suresh Raina was LBW (DRS ruled him not out) and Shikhar Dhawan had clearly touched the rope when he took that catch to dismiss our main batsman (Mohammad) Mahmudullah," said cabbie Ameer-ul, even as his friend Ashraful Hasan nodded in agreement.

"You guys (BCCI) rule world cricket, but you should not be unfair to us (Asian countries) at least. After all, we are neighbours," said Hasan. One could simply offer a smile and walk away.

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