5:30 start perhaps? Not all that easy to get to The Gabba via PT on a Wednesday evening at the best of times let alone in the Christmas Rush. Perhaps the 3rd umpire was caught up waiting to cross the road at the bus station from what I’ve read about the Pattinson run out (and it’s definitely read, I don’t watch 20 over games)
As for the real cricket, all locked and loaded for Boxing Day at The G, although I’ll have to head off during the last session to make a flight that evening. This will be the xxth time I’ve attended at least a day of the Boxing Day test.
92/93 D2 (Windies, Bay 13 errupted when Merv struck twice late in the day),
94/95 D3 (England, was in the car park form the first ball of the day, Gooch bunts it back to McDermott for a caught and bowled),
96/97 D2 (South Africa, Ponting got a ton batting at 6), 2000/2001 D1 (Windies, shadow of their former selves of course the visitors actually had us in some bother until S.Waugh and Gillespie responded stoutly),
2002/2003 D2 (England, Langer completed his 250, Steve Harmison continually lumbered across the fine leg rope seeing the ball fizz past him),
2003/2004 D3 (India, S.Waugh has his last MCG test innings interrupted by a short Ajit Agarkar ball hitting the point of his elbow, Ponting made a double, Stuart MacGill made a duck to the chant of WARNEY)
2008/2009 D2 (South Africa, M.Clarke laboured to 93*, Siddle took a number of early wickets, it seemed the home side were on too, then it fell apart from D3 onwards)
2010/2011 D1/2 (England, win toss and bat…and get rolled for 92. England passed us by stumps with chants such as “he’s got more runs than you!” and “That Mitchell Johnson, his bowling is S***E!”, Smith batted at 8 playing as a leg spin bowler)
2011/2012 D1 (India, Joe the cameraman crashes his segue, Sachin top edges a six to the deafening roars of the indian fans gathered in the Ponsford, left early and missed the bigger roar when home stater Siddle knocked him over late in the day)
2012/2013 D1 (Sri Lanka, Sangakkara gets injured batting, SL from memory end up having 9 fit to bat in the second dig)
2013/2014 D1/2/3 (England, world record crowds turn up first 2 days, yet all the action came Day 3 as England wilted in the hot Northerly winds. Haddin made a few to get us close in the first dig, then after getting to 0/60 they had a major implosion)
2014/2015 D1/2 (India, Hume Highway pitch, long drawn out bore draw that one)
2015/2016 D1 (Windies, rain delayed the start, I spilt 7-Eleven coffee on my jumper sleeve, Warner played a typically greedy shot to get out cheaply when 200 was in the offing)
2016/2017 D1/2 (Pakistan, Day 2 ruined by rain and they barely squeezed in enough overs to avoid paying refunds. Of course Pakistan did what Pakistan do best later that match and botch it from a winning position)
2017/2018 D1/2 (England, another Hume Highway pitch, saw some of Cook’s 3000000 or whatever he scored).