On third day of the Test, We arrived early to witness the Great Sri Lankan fight back. Our tickets are in the M section. This is to avoid drunks and noise, and to be close to dug-outs (where cricketers emerge from dressing rooms). Let me out a secret now. Front row in the M-section are the best seats in MCG except for Members. Today, tickets are not numbered. So we can sit anywhere. We found seats in the front row. Few minutes later, we shifted position, still in the front row, because of a TV cameraman who was blocking our view with a massive lens. Sri Lankan supporters section was in front of us at the opposite side of the ground. Bluntly, we are at the cow-corner.
As usual, at 9.30, Healy, Slater and Co arrived with television cameras. They are in front of us. I did ‘t see Ian Chappell, who is normally one the first to arrive. I love to see Ian Chappell, 70 years but eternally looks young. Healy is 50 years but looks 70. Practicing area was divided by a large net, so that Aussie team could practice without hindering each other. Few minutes later, Aussie players came out. Few meters away Micheal Clark, Warner and an unknown person practiced fielding. Warner, with straight throws from 30 meters to an Orange colored solitary stump thrilled the kids. Playing area is very close, but no spectator would dare to step in. The fine is more than $7000. The dark clouds threatened with occasional drizzle. It was announced, play starts at 10.45. We had two rain coats for four of us. My wife sought refuge in the roofed area, while I remained with kids to face the drizzle.