Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Justin's going

He was going to be part of the last post, but he deserves one of his own.

Justin Langer announced his retirement today. I really like JL, he's a tough cookie, a champion, and a nice bloke.

He got concussion to mark his 100 test match at the Wanderers, and although he retired hurt, he and Ricky Ponting almost fell out because he wanted to bat at the end of the innings if it was needed, and Ricky told him he would declare the innings and forfeit the match before he let him go back on field.
In reply, Justin apparently said he would never speak to him again if he forfeited. Lucky it didn't come to that. Someone, if my memory serves me correctly it was Brett Lee, scored the winning runs.

Anyway, Justin debuted for the Warriors in 91, so I must have met him, I'm sure I did way back, but my mum says I didn't. At least 14 years ago though, my brother though was loitering about the nets when he was training one day, and JL gave him the ball he'd been using. Which I still have. Treasure!

Justin Langer, I salute you!

EDIT: And no comments about the photo, it was the concussion!
Photo: Alexander Joe


Suave said...

He did like to take one on the helmet that fella..

He must have been knocked stupid at least three times in his career!

The Atheist said...

Langer was always a hand-full.

Anonymous said...

A great quokka and as tough as an old leather boot. Remember his first test against the Windies in 1993 in Adelaide (where we lost by 1 run)? Copped more bruises than a World of Warcraft geek at a Hells Angels convention, and nearly got us over the line.

I forgive you for the WA bias this time, MF :).


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