I may not be posting as much over the next few weeks. Because over on the far side of the world there is a contest taking place that will take a lot of my attention.
Today, in the eyes of many, he has become Australia's foremost folk–hero and a symbol of national pride. Certainly, Ned possessed qualities that far surpassed the other bushrangers of his era. He was an expert with a “running-iron” on stolen, unbranded stock and was a deadly–accurate shot with a revolver or a rifle. Despite being a largely self–educated man, he was surprisingly articulate, boasted an almost poetic turn of phrase and a sardonic sense of humour. Ned’s family meant everything to him and he was the man of the family at the age of twelve. He was fiercely loyal his friends and supporters, to the extent that he would risk his own skin to ensure the well-being of an ally.
"Surprisingly articulate" Australians may well have a lot to talk about .........It will be up to England's cricketers to cope with the "poetic turn of phrase".
I thought they called that "sledging"?