Domestic Test cricket is for the die-hards, or those with nothing better to do. On a sunny spring day, we found ourselves at a deserted SCG - with nothing better to do - watching Tassie beat the NSW Blues. The Blues struggled, with Tasmanian captain George Bailey going on to get a century. The NSW bowlers battled all day with little luck. But on that otherwise less than ordinary day, we fell in love with larrikin bowler Doug Bollinger.
Some may say he is ugly, we wouldn't disagree. While watching Tasmania score run after run, we suddenly hear a lone supporter, yelling and cheering on the Blues in a solitary slow clap. To our surprise it wasn't a supporter at all but one of the NSW players, Doug Erwin Bollinger. When it came time for Puggly to bowl we decided to start our own slow clap to spur him on. Puggly responded, producing dot balls every time. After providing us with hours of entertainment from the outfield we nicknamed him Puggly. You can probably see why (but we don't mean it in a bad way, he's extremely endearing).
Luckily for us, our Summer of cricket with Doug the Rug has not yet come to an end. With the unfortunate injury to Brett Lee, Bollinger gained a spot in the Australian Test team. Starting with a 12th man appearance in the first test against the West Indies, he now sees himself as one of the leading fast bowlers in Australian cricket. When the opportunity did knock on his door for this Test at the Adelaide Oval, the West Indies captain Chris Gayle dismissed him as a nobody … and our Doug got him out. He's had some impressive stats in the current test being played out, which gives all a lot of hope for the future. Could he be longterm replacement for Lee?
Our love for young Doug may be irrational and somewhat inexplicable, yet there is just something so lovable about this cheeky fellow. We hope for the best for the rest of his career and would love to see him excel to the highest feats! Fingers crossed he plays a massive part in the demise of the England Cricket team in the 2010 Ashes series.
Long live Dougie Bollinger!
- Alpii & Splex (That's right...this was a joint post!)