Episode 2 Howzat! Kerry Packer's War


Episode 2

Fact-based drama. Players and administrators nervously await their future as the battle for the World Series Cricket tournament reaches the High Court in London.


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Mr Packer.

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1.5 million.

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We have a long-standing relationship with the ABC, it's a

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valuable partnership and we're not breaking it.

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There's a little bit of the whore in all of us.

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-We're sorry.

-You will be.

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Dennis, I'm not pissing in your pocket, but what you got, that's unique.

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The bloke who pushes the sight board,

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Dennis makes about the same money as him.

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They've got this great game in their hands, and these world champions.

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They've got no idea what they've got.

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How would you like some cricket on TV?

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The best cricketers in Australia against the best in the world.

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I got someone in Sydney wants to meet you.

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We sign 'em all up and we have a competition.

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Richie, this is John Cornell. Cornell, this is Richie Benaud.

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You know the cricket board better than anyone.

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This is going to be difficult.

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What's going on?

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The whole thing has to stay undercover.

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I'm in.

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It's about bloody time.

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Something like this has been coming for a while.

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No, no, no, no. Not like this, son.

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It will be a fuckin' revolution.

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Warner, this cricket thing's warming up.

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I want you in to manage it.

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Thanks, Kerry.

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You'll be cursing me before this is over, son.

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Are you declaring a cricket war?

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If the cricket boards cooperate,

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there's no reason why Test cricket will be affected at all.

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If they don't cooperate they'll walk straight into a meat mangler.

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I got a charming letter from Packer today.

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He wants to meet up while we work something out.

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Let's do it.

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Would you like to outline your proposals?

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I'm here looking for a compromise.

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You think they bought it?

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'Course they have. I've offered them a fuckin' gift.

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It is the unanimous view of the International Cricket Council

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that they cannot give any commitment to exclusive television rights.

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Had I gotten those TV rights,

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I was willing to leave the running of cricket to the board.

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I will take no steps now to help anyone.

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It's war, Douglas.

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We'll drive a wedge between this man and his players.

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Kerry. Night time cricket.

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Why keep following old English traditions?

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We should do it our own bloody way.

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Yes, but a night game'd finish too late.

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We'd have to do half day, half night.

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Any match arranged by Mr Kerry Packer will be disapproved.

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All players who sign with a private promoter will face a total ban.

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I heard they sacked you as England captain this morning. I'm sorry.

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That's it! We see them in court!

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"This will be the beginning of an exodus from the Packer circus."

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Packer fuckin' circus again!

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Do ya fuckin' job, why don't ya?

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Disapproved persons - what is this, the 19th century?

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Hey, but it's illegal. Fully approved though, aren't you, mate?

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You can keep playing, and bloody good for you.

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They can sue me if I don't pull out.

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Yeah, there's blokes running to their lawyers all over town.

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It's our understanding the ICC is proposing a ban on some

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cricket players.

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Correct. So, who's the best QC in town?

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Stop it now. We'll take the hit on six million.

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I've come this far, Harry. I can't go back now.

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You lose this court case, you'll be going out backwards.

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These blokes are relying on me.

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To the best cricketers in the world.

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Playing the best cricket in the world with the best fuckin'

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boss in the world.

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To World Series Cricket.

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-ALL:

-To World Series Cricket.

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This game you've got at VFL Park...

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It'll work, Harry.

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It has to.

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It's starting. Here they come.

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Kerry, just got a call from London.

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He's due to give his judgement Tuesday night our time.

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The game is bigger than those who are trying to strangle it.

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It's time to show all those bastards out there having a go at us

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what we can do.

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BOARD CREAKS AND CRASHES TO THE GROUND

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MEN TALK QUIETLY IN THE DISTANCE

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Well, they're showing their true colours.

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So, everyone's copping it?

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Yep, across the board.

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Watch your bat. What's going on?

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Brighty and Bookshelf have been sacked from playing for Victoria.

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-Tangles too?

-Mm-hm.

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Jeez, they're having a go at us.

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Oh, we knew they were coming.

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-They're sacking everyone.

-Yeah, but that's not the worst of it. Have you spoken to Chappelli?

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He's not playing for any state. He's stopped playing for North Melbourne.

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Yeah, but they got him. Won't even let him play for Glenelg.

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I hear New South Wales blokes are getting the chop next.

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Kerry better win this damn court case.

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Well, if he doesn't, no-one's playing anywhere. It's over.

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Yep.

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What are you doing to do?

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I dunno.

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Nothing.

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Baseball.

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'The authorities believe they acted in the best interests of cricket,

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'but that is not enough to justify the action they took.

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'The authorities had an understandable desire to make

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'things as difficult as possible for Mr Packer.

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'Nevertheless, Mr Packer and World Series Cricket has offered secure'

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remunerative employment to the cricketers at a time

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when most have no guarantee of regular employment in the game.

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I find that the authorities acted without proper

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regard for the contractual rights of these players.

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I find for the plaintiffs, with costs.

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PHONE RINGS

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Yes?

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'Kerry, it's Gavin Warner. We blitzed him!'

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HE EXHALES

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All right, it's on.

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MUSIC: "April Sun In Cuba" by Dragon

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# I'm tired of the city life

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# Summer's on the run

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# People tell me I should stay

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# But I got to get my fun

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# So don't try to hold me back

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# Ain't nothing you can say

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# Snake eyes on the paradise

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# And we got to go today

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# Take me to the April sun in Cuba

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# Oh, oh, oh

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# Take me where the April sun gonna treat me

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# So right, so right

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# I can almost smell the perfumed night

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# And see the starry sky

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# I wish you comin' with me baby

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# Cos right before my eye

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# See Castro in the alley way

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# Talkin' 'bout missile love. #

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Yes, well I've always had a firm belief in the great traditions

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of British justice.

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And we got costs. 320,000 bucks.

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KERRY PACKER CHUCKLES It serves 'em right.

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They won't be too keen on another innings

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if it costs 'em that much every time, will they, Cornell?

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ALL CHUCKLE

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Mr Packer, just one question.

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Right, hurry up. I'm eating.

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Do you think this'll force the ICC to reopen negotiations?

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It'd be easier to get an audience with the Pope,

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and I'm not a Catholic. Piss off.

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-Just one more question.

-What?

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The New South Wales Premier sacking the whole

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board of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust.

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Just wondering if you're confident of playing at the SGC now?

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I've always been confident of that, son.

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Now if you don't mind, my bacon's getting cold

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and that tie makes me want to throw up.

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-Thank you, Mr Packer.

-Go and see my tailor, McFarlane.

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-Thank you very much, Mr Packer.

-Bloody journos.

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Still, this improves our position.

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Maybe find a compromise with the board now, Kerry.

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If we don't get the SCG, we've got just about no chance.

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We've got bigger problems than that, son.

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Please hold.

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Mr Parish, there's another call from the Times in London.

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Tell them we're making no comment.

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And the Bulletin rang. Trevor Kennedy...

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Did you hear what I said? No comment.

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So, we were well stuffed.

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It's a resounding victory for Mr Packer and I congratulate him.

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Now, I'm happy to take your questions.

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-JOURNALISTS SHOUT:

-Mr Webster! Mr Webster!

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The £250,000 in court costs against you.

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We'll of course be looking into how to fund this.

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It's certainly a body blow.

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Is a compromise now possible?

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And will you appeal against the decision?

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We'll see about that.

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SHOUTING DROWNS OUT SPEECH

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The Don called. He wants us to set up an emergency committee.

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For us to take Packer on.

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Yes.

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Typical.

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He loads the bullets but he never fires them.

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'So you won a court case. So what?

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'This just wins you the right to go bankrupt.'

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I'm disappointed in you.

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Warner.

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Mr Packer? Mr Singleton called.

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So?

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Um, he said he'd call back.

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About what?

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He didn't say. He was...

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Well, bloody well find out! And where were you on Tuesday night?

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I thought I told you, you had to be here if I'm here.

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Mr Packer, it was ten o'clock at night.

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Did you hear what I just said?

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It was my birthday. They were all waiting for me and...

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Do you want this job or not?

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Of course.

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Warner! Get in here.

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And where's my advertising on the grounds? What are you doing?

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Kerry, I've got curators, I've got accountants.

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-I've got players...

-I've got the fuckin' players!

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And I have to deal with them.

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Engineers, the press, I've got bureaucrats, bloody groundsmen, you.

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I'm exhausted. I haven't seen my family in weeks.

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Don't give me your fuckin' excuses, Warner.

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I don't want to hear 'em.

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And how come every time I turn around and there's a fuck up,

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your name's on it some...

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DISTANT: 'Do you even want this fucking job?

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'Every time you put your foot in a bucket...'

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Hey, Rosie.

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'It costs me money! Greig and Cornell...'

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Who's he got in there?

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-Gavin Warner.

-Right.

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He's in such a horrible mood. Mr Chester was here.

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The company's financial situation is not very good.

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And get me those numbers!

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How the fuck am I meant to run an organisation

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if I don't know what's going on?

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That's it, I'm resigning. I can't take this shit anymore.

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-You know, unless he's killing people he thinks he's getting nowhere.

-That's true.

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Well, I wish him luck, cos he's going to need it.

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I'm out of here.

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Tell Kerry I'll see him later.

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You know, he has to win every time.

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Always. You know, he's got no idea how to take a punch.

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Well, he's had to cop a few, Gav.

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Yeah, from his father. I know. We all know about that.

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God, what kind of father belts his kids at home and then insults

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-and humiliates them in public?

-Yeah.

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So he's traumatised. Boo hoo.

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I'm the one that has to pay for it.

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It's all he knows, Gav.

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You're just going to have to wear it.

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Well, that's all right for you to say.

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He doesn't have a go at you.

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He needs you, Gav.

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He just doesn't know how to show it.

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Yeah.

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We're still very vulnerable, you know that.

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This whole thing needs you where you are.

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I'll see you in the office tomorrow?

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Yeah.

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Yeah.

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Good. Good.

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Knock his head off, Dennis!

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You won't get a better opportunity tonight.

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OK, Chappelli. Red ball.

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Righto.

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Ooh! Bloody hard to see.

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-How was that, Warren?

-Go again.

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Go again.

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Oh, nuh. Lost that completely.

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Try orange.

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Maybe something a bit lighter.

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Just like your mother's undies.

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-Righto.

-Pink.

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I don't know. Looks dumb, though.

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Oh, it's a totally wrong colour anyway.

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Here you go, try yellow. Yellow.

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-Tony says, yellow.

-Righto.

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-Beauty.

-Yeah, that's it.

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No, sorry, blokes.

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Piss off. That's bloody perfect.

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No, hitting the lights.

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It's flaring on screen. It looks shit.

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What is this, cricket or TV?

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Yeah, righto.

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I don't know. What do you think?

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-White!

-White, eh?

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I like that.

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Yeah?

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-Good.

-Here we go.

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-White, it is.

-White, it is.

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All right.

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We got ourselves a ball.

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See that, Bacchus?

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What is it, Rosie?

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-What do you mean, Mr Packer?

-Come on.

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You bully me.

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I bully everyone. Haven't you noticed?

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Yes, but I'm here with you all the time.

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So am I. It's not easy.

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It's tough times, Rosie. I need you here.

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I forgot it was your birthday.

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How old were you?

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40.

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Same as me.

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Oh, Mr Packer.

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Oh, it's beautiful.

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I can't take this. It's... It's too...

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Well, if you don't like it, return it and get me my money back.

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Mr Packer, I didn't mean that.

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Thank you. All right, we'll turn you around.

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Magic.

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This'll stop them treading on the bloody things.

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They were doing it on purpose.

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I know. OK, let's test it.

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That wicket should have been in a week ago.

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-Should have been in a month ago.

-Don't tell me that.

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I repeat, the game this weekend. Will the damn thing be ready?

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-It'll be ready.

-You can guarantee that?

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Gavin, if it pisses down rain for the next three days,

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-you can kiss your day-night game goodbye.

-That is not good enough!

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I mean, for God's sake, where are the fucking covers?

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Settle down. If it doesn't rain...

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Jesus Christ, John, what do you mean, if it doesn't rain?

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This is Melbourne.

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What the fuck is going on with you two?

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And where's my advertising?

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The night cricket, it's scared every advertiser off.

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They don't think it'll work.

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So what are you standing around here?

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Get out there and start selling?

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Kerry, I've been trying...

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Did you fuckin' hear me? Go and do it!

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-How are you, John?

-Kerry.

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Yeah, that's it. Nice. OK.

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World famous cricketer, Tony Greig, talks about Kellogg's Nutri-Grain.

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Have you tried Kellogg's Nutri-Grain yet?

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It's even good straight out of the pack.

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It looks like a tiny cricket bat with holes.

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Nutri-Grain stays nice and crunchy in milk, too.

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Mmm. Nutri-Grain is made from corn, oats and wheat

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and it's got a lot of vitamins and protein.

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Nutri-Grain's a beaut start if you need to eat and run.

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Get 'em up!

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-Hey, where's Greigy?

-Dunno.

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Who does?

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How's the ankle, Dennis?

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Don't ask.

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Oh, welcome, Greigy. Glad you could join us.

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What, are you too busy for training these days, are ya?

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What's wrong with you, Chappell?

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What, you doing a photo of? Another ad?

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What was it, Kellogg's, TAA, Walton's? Bloody Golden Books?

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What I do with my time is my business.

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It's not your time, mate. Kerry's paying for it.

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And we're copping shit for not training hard enough

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and you're swanning off doing other shit.

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Hey listen, I train as hard as anyone.

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And I'll arrange my life in my own bloody way, not the way you want it.

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Hey guys, come on.

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It'd be all right if he deserved his place in the team.

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What was that? What'd you say?

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Mate, there is no way in the wide world that you're good enough

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to be in that team if the Windies blokes are there. Simple.

0:20:110:20:14

OK, Chappell.

0:20:140:20:15

We'll see tomorrow night who's good enough.

0:20:150:20:18

All right, let's play some cricket.

0:20:190:20:21

Come on, Chappelli.

0:20:230:20:24

We're going to bat first.

0:20:400:20:42

OK.

0:20:420:20:43

Are we shaking hands, gentlemen?

0:20:430:20:45

Oh, here we go.

0:20:530:20:55

What the fuck is that?

0:20:560:20:58

Bonedome, Bacchus.

0:20:580:20:59

How does he even see the ball?

0:20:590:21:01

I love it. Give me something to aim at.

0:21:010:21:03

Go get him, Fot.

0:21:030:21:05

Oh, you're joking. You see that?

0:21:050:21:07

Dennis Lillee pitching in very short, very, very short.

0:21:170:21:19

The crowd's a little disappointing on this historic occasion

0:21:190:21:22

of the first ever day-night match.

0:21:220:21:24

Oh, and there's a good cricket shot, a la Keith Stackpole.

0:21:250:21:29

And that's great batting. Richards in position quickly, the hammer.

0:21:330:21:36

Hey, Brighty?

0:21:410:21:42

Bring us out a long sleeve will ya, mate?

0:21:420:21:44

It's getting a bit chilly out here. Good on ya, pal.

0:21:440:21:46

Gentlemen.

0:22:320:22:34

What's the gate?

0:22:380:22:39

Not sure yet. More than 6,000.

0:22:390:22:42

The families are turning up.

0:22:430:22:45

Yes, but not enough of them.

0:22:450:22:46

Yeah!

0:22:560:22:57

I'll be whacking you all night if you keep putting up shit like that.

0:23:050:23:09

You prick.

0:23:160:23:17

This is an historic item.

0:23:450:23:47

So, what about the white ball?

0:23:530:23:56

Well it's perfect, Kerry. You can see it from the bowler's hand.

0:23:560:23:59

Yeah, even bounces.

0:23:590:24:00

It gets lost down low though, Kerry.

0:24:000:24:02

What do you mean?

0:24:020:24:04

Well everyone's wearing whites. Can't see it against their legs.

0:24:040:24:07

Right. What do we do about that?

0:24:080:24:10

I just had a call from Tagge Webster in London.

0:24:190:24:21

They've decided not to appeal.

0:24:210:24:23

Smart decision.

0:24:230:24:24

How are they going to pay the court bill?

0:24:240:24:26

They're still coming to terms with that.

0:24:260:24:28

Anyway, I've let The Don know.

0:24:280:24:29

How is he?

0:24:290:24:31

Happy about the Australia-India Test crowds.

0:24:310:24:33

We're killing World Series in numbers.

0:24:330:24:36

At least the public's got some brains.

0:24:360:24:37

He's still unhappy about losing Hookes. He doesn't like losing, Bob.

0:24:370:24:41

No, he doesn't.

0:24:410:24:42

No, two types of people spin. Politicians and bowlers.

0:25:130:25:16

And right now, we're politicians.

0:25:160:25:18

We can spin all we want, but the general public has to buy it.

0:25:180:25:20

They're starting to. We just need critical mass.

0:25:200:25:22

-Not only spin. We have to give them substance.

-We've got that.

0:25:220:25:25

-No-one's faking it out there.

-Give them time.

0:25:250:25:27

That crowd wasn't big enough. Look at the Test crowds against India.

0:25:270:25:31

If this keeps up, we'll be dead by the end of summer.

0:25:310:25:34

It's turned into bloody trench warfare.

0:25:340:25:36

-Yes, it is.

-And they're winning, Richie. Easily.

0:25:360:25:39

And we thought, what do you give a man that has so much?

0:25:410:25:46

There were a lot of suggestions, mostly bloody stupid.

0:25:480:25:51

But in the end, we thought,

0:25:530:25:56

what's our relationship to this guy, really?

0:25:560:26:01

You know, what's important between him and us?

0:26:010:26:05

So, we got you a chequebook.

0:26:060:26:09

No, no.

0:26:120:26:14

It's from the heart, boss.

0:26:140:26:16

We hope you like it.

0:26:170:26:19

It's, um...

0:26:360:26:37

Well, this has got to be the world's most expensive cricket bat.

0:26:470:26:51

I want to thank each and every one of you.

0:26:510:26:53

And I want you to know that the feelings are reciprocated.

0:26:530:26:57

In the...

0:27:000:27:02

In the short time that we've been together,

0:27:020:27:06

I've come to respect you all.

0:27:060:27:08

This might come as a shock, I know,

0:27:090:27:11

but I'm actually rather fond of you blokes.

0:27:110:27:13

Go on, KP!

0:27:190:27:20

This will never leave my side. Thank you.

0:27:230:27:26

We also had the same problem, Kerry.

0:27:260:27:29

What do you get The Man?

0:27:290:27:30

We know it's early days and there's tough times ahead,

0:27:320:27:35

so we thought, this man needs all the help he can get.

0:27:350:27:38

Thank you, Mr Lloyd. Thank you.

0:27:430:27:46

It's a bloody voodoo doll.

0:27:460:27:48

I tell you what, I'll probably need this more than the bloody bat.

0:27:510:27:54

Three cheers for Kerry. Hip hip!

0:27:540:27:56

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

0:27:560:27:59

Bowling to two slips and a gully.

0:28:070:28:09

Yep! Just the one.

0:28:130:28:14

Rodney Marsh through for a single.

0:28:140:28:16

-Jeez, Andy's fired up.

-That's OK.

0:28:230:28:24

I just heard Clive tell him he's only got three more overs.

0:28:240:28:27

-Three.

-That's all.

0:28:270:28:28

We just have to hang on.

0:28:280:28:30

Andy Roberts here, the most experienced of the West Indian

0:28:300:28:34

fast bowlers and a great fast bowler in his own right.

0:28:340:28:37

It's another one. It's a lovely shot.

0:28:420:28:46

They won't catch this one.

0:28:460:28:47

And the crowd is delirious.

0:28:520:28:54

Hit him.

0:29:010:29:02

-And he's in trouble.

-You all right, fella?

0:29:070:29:09

You right, mate?

0:29:090:29:11

Where'd he get you? In the face?

0:29:110:29:12

The jaw?

0:29:120:29:13

Wasn't quite inside it.

0:29:210:29:23

Come on mate, you're going off.

0:29:300:29:32

And he's retired hurt for the moment on 81.

0:29:360:29:39

-I'm sorry, Chappelli.

-How is it?

0:29:490:29:51

An ambulance is on its way.

0:29:510:29:53

Bugger the ambulance. Come on.

0:29:540:29:56

I can't move any faster.

0:29:560:29:58

Come on.

0:29:580:30:00

Get in. Come on, watch your head, watch your head.

0:30:000:30:03

OK, you right?

0:30:030:30:04

-Oh, bloody hell Kerry!

-You right? You OK?

0:30:150:30:17

Slow down. Slow down!

0:30:170:30:19

I'm just trying to take the attention off your jaw.

0:30:190:30:21

You're doing a bloody good job of it.

0:30:210:30:23

And we're back, with our usual guest Peter McFarlane of The Age,

0:30:380:30:41

joined tonight by English sports writer, Clive Bell, to give us

0:30:410:30:44

some insight into the present crisis in Australian cricket.

0:30:440:30:47

So back to you, Pete.

0:30:470:30:48

Now that the first full World Series Cricket season's drawing to a close,

0:30:480:30:52

what's the verdict?

0:30:520:30:53

I'd say it's a draw, Gary.

0:30:530:30:54

Packer and the ACB are locked in an arm wrestle

0:30:540:30:57

-and no-one's leaning over yet.

-Clive?

0:30:570:30:59

Well, I'm giving it to your Cricket Board.

0:30:590:31:02

The Indian tour is hugely successful.

0:31:020:31:04

Bobby Simpson's a very popular Australian Captain

0:31:040:31:06

and the crowds are turning up in their thousands.

0:31:060:31:08

But not in the numbers the board is expecting, and that's the trouble.

0:31:080:31:11

Well, exactly, there is only so many people go to the cricket

0:31:110:31:13

and what Packer has done, he's split cricket right down the middle.

0:31:130:31:16

And that's the tragedy of it, Gary.

0:31:160:31:18

I mean, blokes I know, cricketers who used to be mates

0:31:180:31:20

are now no longer talking to each other.

0:31:200:31:22

Like Bobby Simpson calling the World Series players slobs?

0:31:220:31:25

Exactly. Packer might think he's doing the right thing

0:31:250:31:27

by the cricketers but as history shows, you go into a war,

0:31:270:31:30

it's very difficult to get out of it.

0:31:300:31:31

Oh, we all know he's losing money hand over fist, as are the boards.

0:31:310:31:35

I don't think it's a draw, Gary. I think everyone's losing.

0:31:350:31:37

Yeah, it's a bloody mess.

0:31:370:31:39

What about their cricket, though? It's pretty riveting stuff.

0:31:390:31:41

The point is, they are just playing for money.

0:31:410:31:43

-I don't think the Australian public will wear it.

-Yeah, Gary.

0:31:430:31:46

-Not good enough.

-Well, we'll be back after a break.

0:31:460:31:48

Warner!

0:32:290:32:31

Where's Cornell?

0:32:370:32:39

Haven't seen him all night.

0:32:390:32:41

Tell him I want to see him in my office in the morning.

0:32:410:32:44

Right.

0:32:440:32:45

Wait!

0:32:450:32:46

Where'd you get this thing from?

0:32:500:32:52

The roulette table?

0:32:520:32:53

What do you reckon? I rented it.

0:32:530:32:56

Had to take a few doors off to get it in.

0:32:560:32:59

Buy it.

0:32:590:33:00

What the hell for?

0:33:000:33:02

I might want to put it in my pocket and take it home.

0:33:020:33:04

Where you blokes off to?

0:33:110:33:13

The movies, man. You want to come?

0:33:130:33:15

The movies? Now?

0:33:150:33:17

Deep Throat, man. Gavin Warner got it from somewhere.

0:33:170:33:20

Shit, yeah. Let's go.

0:33:200:33:22

Hookesy! Where you going?

0:33:240:33:26

Happy New Year.

0:33:370:33:38

Where were you last night?

0:33:380:33:40

Sorry I couldn't make it. I was...busy.

0:33:400:33:43

Doing fuckin' what?

0:33:430:33:45

Me and Dellie got married.

0:33:460:33:48

Don't invite a bloke, will you?

0:33:560:33:58

It was on the QT. We didn't invite anyone, except family.

0:33:580:34:02

Got married at midnight.

0:34:020:34:04

On New Year's Eve?

0:34:040:34:06

Easy to remember.

0:34:060:34:07

Well, you're a fuckin' romantic bastard, son, I'll give you that.

0:34:090:34:13

Who was your best man?

0:34:140:34:17

My eight-year-old nephew.

0:34:170:34:18

KERRY LAUGHS

0:34:180:34:19

Now what do you want for a present?

0:34:210:34:23

I want this to work, Kerry.

0:34:250:34:26

Yeah.

0:34:300:34:32

Oh! That'll do. No more.

0:34:440:34:46

Thanks, Dennis.

0:34:460:34:47

-Well done, David.

-Thanks, boss.

0:34:470:34:50

Hookesy, what's wrong?

0:34:500:34:53

I'm fair dinkum having flashbacks of that ball from Andy.

0:34:570:35:00

As soon as Dennis gets any speed up, I shit myself.

0:35:000:35:04

Oh, that's not good.

0:35:060:35:08

The bloke at the hospital said it'd take five years to get over.

0:35:080:35:12

You're selected for next week, mate.

0:35:120:35:14

-You're going to have to front up to Big Bird, Andy, Imran.

-I know.

0:35:140:35:19

I can do it, Chappelli. I just need to get one ball away.

0:35:190:35:22

As soon as I get off the mark, I'll be OK.

0:35:220:35:24

-Mate, they're not going to be doing you any favours.

-Just one ball.

0:35:240:35:27

I ordered those helmets from your blokes in Birmingham.

0:35:300:35:33

Don't want any more broken jaws.

0:35:330:35:37

We've been approached by another mob, Kerry.

0:35:370:35:39

-Coonan and Denlay out of Sydney.

-What do they make?

0:35:390:35:42

Horseriding helmets. They're really good, apparently.

0:35:420:35:45

What? We don't want to look like we're playing polo.

0:35:450:35:47

Doesn't matter what you look like,

0:35:470:35:49

as long as you get out with your brains intact.

0:35:490:35:51

G'day, guys. It's looking good, isn't it?

0:35:520:35:56

-What do you want, Pete?

-I just want to confirm something.

0:35:590:36:02

I hear there's dissention in the ranks. A bit of infighting going on.

0:36:020:36:05

Where'd you hear that?

0:36:050:36:07

It's understandable. The crowds aren't coming.

0:36:070:36:09

It's costing more than anyone thought, and so on.

0:36:090:36:12

Look around you, mate. The game's all here.

0:36:120:36:14

Well, no-one's buying any advertising.

0:36:140:36:16

You'll be lucky to last out the season.

0:36:160:36:18

I heard you've had a major resignation.

0:36:200:36:22

Just wondering who it was.

0:36:220:36:24

-No-one's leaving, mate.

-That's not what I heard.

0:36:240:36:26

I don't give a shit what you heard.

0:36:260:36:28

No-one's resigned, no-one's leaving. All right?

0:36:280:36:30

Yeah, look, we're sure it'll be a great contest.

0:36:450:36:48

Not a big crowd again, Ian.

0:36:480:36:49

Is this turning into a worry for World Series?

0:36:490:36:52

The crowds will come. We're confident of that.

0:36:520:36:54

They haven't come up until now.

0:36:540:36:55

The Aussie-India crowds have been much bigger.

0:36:550:36:58

What makes you think World Series will make the breakthrough?

0:36:580:37:00

The quality of cricket. And these are the best around.

0:37:000:37:04

Look at the guys we're playing today - The World.

0:37:040:37:07

They're the best bunch of cricketers I've ever seen,

0:37:070:37:11

with one exception.

0:37:110:37:12

COMMENTATOR: Lillee coming in again to Lloyd.

0:37:190:37:22

Beautiful shot. Attempted yorker.

0:37:230:37:25

Sent it up the line. The drive, square...

0:37:250:37:28

There it goes.

0:37:310:37:33

Beautiful square cut from Richards, short of a length.

0:37:330:37:36

Lloyd and Richards completely comfortable out there against Lillee

0:37:360:37:39

who is struggling with the ball.

0:37:390:37:41

He's showing none of his usual impact.

0:37:410:37:43

The World batsmen are relishing this uncharacteristic performance

0:37:430:37:46

from the great bowler. The Australians...

0:37:460:37:48

Well bowled out.

0:37:540:37:56

An edge, caught Marsh, bowled Walker.

0:37:560:37:58

Lillee back into the attack now.

0:37:580:38:00

Very unusual for this man to go wicketless for so long.

0:38:000:38:03

Oh, good shot.

0:38:040:38:06

This has produced a glorious shot.

0:38:080:38:10

Here he goes again. That's four runs

0:38:120:38:15

and the punishment continues for the Australians,

0:38:150:38:17

particularly for Lillee, who's really copping it this morning.

0:38:170:38:21

The World Team is 2 for 144 with Viv Richards on 78

0:38:210:38:25

and looking extremely comfortable.

0:38:250:38:27

The Australians are in all sorts of trouble,

0:38:270:38:29

Chappell's men not used to being handled in this cavalier fashion.

0:38:290:38:33

Lillee at none for 51 is struggling,

0:38:330:38:34

having none of his usual impact on the game.

0:38:340:38:36

I got them compiled.

0:39:010:39:02

Good, I'm going to have to run them for Kerry.

0:39:020:39:05

It's the northern end mic first.

0:39:050:39:07

-RECORDING: 'Oh, fucking hell!'

-'You fucking piece of shit!'

0:39:070:39:10

-'Call that a shot?'

-'Oh, fuck me drunk, mate, what are you doing?

0:39:100:39:15

'Oh, fuck me, I've seen better bowling from a girl, mate.'

0:39:150:39:18

And it's all going out to Mum and Dad and the kids.

0:39:180:39:20

-Well, get them onto the faders quicker, for God's sake.

-Right.

0:39:200:39:24

-Hey, boys?

-Hey, Fot.

0:39:250:39:28

You got any shots of me run-up?

0:39:280:39:29

Uh...

0:39:290:39:31

-It's a hard...

-Fuck off.

0:40:100:40:11

Don't reckon he's been told that too often.

0:40:270:40:29

I'll just whack that on.

0:40:380:40:40

So um, have you always been into cricketers?

0:40:400:40:43

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, they're not like footballers or rock stars, you know.

0:40:430:40:47

-They're gentlemen.

-I saw you with some of the West Indies blokes.

0:40:470:40:50

Oh, now they are gentlemen. I mean, they know how to treat you.

0:40:500:40:53

They treat you how? Like, buy you things?

0:40:530:40:57

Oh, no, no. They're just, um...

0:40:570:40:59

You know, they're nice. They're real nice guys.

0:40:590:41:02

-They're not up themselves.

-OK.

0:41:020:41:04

And have you, um, been with many of the West Indies guys?

0:41:040:41:07

Ah, well, um...

0:41:070:41:09

yeah, but not the married ones.

0:41:090:41:11

-I mean, the married ones are too hard to get.

-Oh.

0:41:110:41:14

-They're worried their wives will get pissed off.

-Oh, that's no good.

-No.

0:41:140:41:17

Yep, got it. Thanks, boys.

0:41:380:41:40

Right.

0:41:410:41:43

-COMMENTATOR:

-And you can see Dennis Lillee coming back into the attack

0:41:450:41:48

to replace Lennie Pascoe.

0:41:480:41:50

Yes, caught behind. That's Dennis Lillee's second wicket since lunch.

0:41:570:42:00

He's getting the ball off the pitch now.

0:42:000:42:02

His line and length are superb. I don't know what was on the lunch menu

0:42:020:42:06

but Lillee must have had a double helping. This is a different bowler.

0:42:060:42:09

The World are now in significant trouble.

0:42:090:42:11

There's the bounce to Greig, who sways out of trouble.

0:42:140:42:17

Lillee now enjoying his time out there.

0:42:170:42:19

This great fast bowler can't be kept down for too long.

0:42:190:42:22

Got him on the helmet, I think.

0:42:280:42:30

Could be the first strike, and Lillee, the man to do it.

0:42:320:42:35

Been watching it from the box, guys. Bloody well done.

0:42:390:42:41

-Yeah, it's looking good.

-Amazing what a difference five cameras make.

0:42:410:42:45

We've got seven.

0:42:450:42:46

I thought it was five.

0:42:460:42:48

Seven's better.

0:42:480:42:49

Lillee again.

0:42:520:42:53

And that's it. A tremendous comeback by the Australians,

0:42:530:42:57

and now they're right back into the game,

0:42:570:42:59

thanks, in large part, to Dennis Lillee, wicketless before lunch.

0:42:590:43:03

But something happened out there

0:43:030:43:04

and he's now walking off with a remarkable 5 for 82.

0:43:040:43:07

Roberts to McCosker.

0:43:120:43:14

And he's gone, caught behind.

0:43:160:43:18

And that's Ian Chappell out. That's a blow for Australia.

0:43:240:43:28

Very annoyed, Ian Chappell. A vital breakthrough for the World.

0:43:280:43:32

And he's bowled him. He's gone. A yorker again.

0:43:330:43:37

What a cricket match was this.

0:43:370:43:39

What must he be feeling now?

0:43:400:43:42

The first ball since his smashed jaw is critical.

0:43:420:43:45

This is it.

0:43:470:43:48

How are you, all right?

0:43:480:43:50

Not really.

0:43:500:43:52

-OK, well, ball at a time, yeah?

-Yep.

0:43:520:43:54

Let's go, David.

0:44:080:44:10

Garner delivers the ball from such a great height.

0:44:100:44:12

He gets enormous lift.

0:44:120:44:14

It's in the air. It's a chance could be six or out. It's six!

0:44:330:44:36

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:44:360:44:39

Thanks, Big Bird.

0:44:390:44:40

Welcome back, Hookesy.

0:44:400:44:42

That one was a great shot from the young man making a comeback.

0:44:430:44:47

Like I said.

0:44:530:44:54

Well, I'm going down the other end.

0:45:200:45:22

Anyone comin'?

0:45:220:45:24

LAUGHTER AND CHAT

0:45:310:45:36

You've been doing something.

0:45:370:45:39

-You have been doing something.

-Just stroking the ball.

0:45:390:45:42

Too much coffee.

0:45:430:45:45

Hey, you can piss off out of this dressing room, mate.

0:45:450:45:48

You're not wanted in here.

0:45:480:45:49

Well, if you want me out, how about you come and bloody get me out?

0:45:490:45:52

Hey, hey, hey, come on. Come on.

0:45:550:45:57

Cool it, man.

0:45:580:46:00

Well played, Big Bird.

0:46:020:46:03

Thanks, man.

0:46:030:46:05

-Nicely played, Clive.

-Thanks, man.

0:46:060:46:09

Viv.

0:46:090:46:10

-Magic.

-Thanks.

0:46:100:46:12

Andy.

0:46:120:46:13

Your team played well today.

0:46:220:46:24

ANDY LAUGHS

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Excuse me, Mr Packer? Are you aware of the announcement by

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the Australian Cricket Board that they're interested in night cricket?

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No, I'll tell you what I am aware of.

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I'm aware of them calling us a ridiculous fad and a circus act.

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Mr Packer, the board's apparently arranging

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to put on official cricket under lights. Bob Parish reckons

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he's been planning night cricket for some time.

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Well, that is complete bullshit, but I wish him luck with it.

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Do you see this as a move towards reconciliation?

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I don't see it as anything of the sort.

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Maybe they're coming our way a little

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but there's still a long way to go. Now excuse me.

0:46:590:47:01

They've been thinking about it for some time.

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-Now that takes the cake.

-They're starting to fold.

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No, they're not.

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LOUD DISCO MUSIC PLAYS

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Kerry?

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Hey.

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You are the hardest bloke to get along with that I've ever met.

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What do you mean?

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I knew you'd be cranky,

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so I sat there for a long time trying to work out what to say.

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I tried to say something...

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..to make you feel better.

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I tried to find the most inoffensive words to help you,

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and you tell me to fuck off.

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LAUGHTER

0:48:350:48:38

Christ, you blokes put it about a bit.

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You couldn't slip one to Rose, could you?

0:48:520:48:55

Chappelli.

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Fot.

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Cheers, mate.

0:49:090:49:11

-How's that for a season?

-It was different.

0:49:110:49:14

Ankle's now completely buggered.

0:49:140:49:16

Mate, you took 5 for 82. Who gives a shit about your ankle?

0:49:160:49:19

Yeah, well I just want to say

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it's been great with you and the guys the last couple of seasons.

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Is that right?

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I'm slowing down a bit.

0:49:250:49:27

Thanks for everything.

0:49:280:49:30

-You can bloody put that away.

-Shake my hand.

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I don't shake medium pacers by the hand.

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I only shake hands with fast bowlers...

0:49:400:49:42

-Shake my hand.

-You heard me.

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LILLEE PUNCHES HIM

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-Shake my hand.

-I told you.

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I only shake hands with fast bowlers.

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Fuck you.

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I'll be back next season. I'll take more wickets than anyone.

0:49:570:50:00

-Good, Fot. That's what I wanted to hear.

-Fuck you.

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# Got to get your groove on Baby... #

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Well, another season like that and it's all over.

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-No more muckin' about. Tickets?

-We're going ahead with the print of some mock-ups.

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-They'll be ready for next meeting.

-Why aren't they ready now?

0:50:260:50:29

-We only put the order in last week. Remember you wanted them...

-Forget it. Programmes?

-Same.

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Clothing? You got the colours right at least. What about the caps?

0:50:350:50:39

-The peaks are too short.

-They're the same length as the official ones.

0:50:450:50:49

Yeah, but they don't look right. Make 'em longer. Wickets?

0:50:490:50:52

-They're ahead of schedule, Kerry, as we discussed yesterday.

-Of course. Thank you, Richie.

0:50:520:50:57

Ah, Mr Hill. Coverage?

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-Yeah, from the nine camera positions we've got we should be able to...

-I thought there were seven.

0:51:000:51:05

Nine's better. Also, the wicket mic problems are fixed.

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We'll be training up the camera guys during the winter

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and there'll be two full rehearsal days.

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-The cherry picker camera?

-Yeah, it's still testing.

0:51:130:51:16

Well, get it right. It's a good idea, David.

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What's the scheduled games cost?

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1.4 million.

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Well, we'd better draw a crowd.

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-The press?

-Select journos have a draft programme for the season, Kerry,

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just to give them an idea. Some of them are coming across much better.

0:51:360:51:40

-Good. Legals?

-We're still before the Federal Court

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-on use of the words "Test" and "Australia".

-I know that, don't I?

0:51:420:51:45

I want an idea of when these bastards will make up their mind.

0:51:450:51:48

-It's hard to tell...

-What do you mean, hard to tell?

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I'll talk to Turnbull and see if I can get a clearer idea...

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-Why haven't you done this already?

-Kerry, there is no hurry.

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-Either way, we have to go along with...

-There you FUCKIN' GO AGAIN!

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-Rose.

-Ian. He's waiting for you.

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Is he, er...still upset with me?

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I don't think he could stay angry at any of you boys for too long.

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Right.

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-Is that right?

-Mmm.

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Warner, get in here.

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You're an Adelaide bloke, son. The Don. He's put out feelers.

0:53:010:53:05

What do we think about using the Adelaide Oval?

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-Why would he do that? He hates us.

-He's got an angle, obviously.

0:53:070:53:12

-Yeah, he's sniffing the breeze. He's good at that.

-Mmm.

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Well, it's good for us, Kerry. He never backs a loser.

0:53:150:53:18

-What is it? G'day, Chappelli.

-G'day, mate.

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Don't sit. Tell him.

0:53:220:53:24

Had a few beers with Lennie Pascoe.

0:53:240:53:27

Jeff Thomson's not happy playing for Simmo.

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He wants to come back to us.

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Well, how the hell do we do that?

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He's contracted to this bloody radio station,

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plus he's got a binding contract to the board.

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Thommo and Lillee back together's a gift for us. It'll get our crowds up.

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If he wants back in, we'll have him. Find a way.

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Find a way.

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(Jesus.)

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Just got final confirmation from London -

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Mike Brearley's English team.

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Six Ashes Tests this summer. That'll really stick it up Packer.

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Have you read Brearley and the others have voted

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to never allow Chappell, Greig and the others back in?

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I saw it.

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Bloody Packer. Now he's got the players at each other's throats.

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Who's the old man?

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That's Austin's dad. Fastest man in the world in his day.

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-Fot's got his dander up, Ian.

-Mmm.

-He's pissed off at you.

-Yeah, good.

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He just keeps getting better.

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I got three in the guts for that.

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Fuckin' worth it, though. Look at him go.

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First problem fixes itself - the radio station's been bought by another group.

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Thomson's contract's with the previous owners -

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we can argue he doesn't have a contractual relationship with the new proprietors.

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What do you mean, you can argue? Does he have a contract or not?

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Maybe. Possibly not. It's a ground we can fight on.

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In court. That'll cost.

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Now, as to his contract with the Cricket Board. He retires.

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We'll script the letter for him.

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-They won't be happy.

-The Board won't force him to stay.

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The cricket public would crucify them. "Poor Thommo, he's been great.

0:55:130:55:16

"If he wants to go, they should let him", et cetera, et cetera.

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They nullify his contract.

0:55:200:55:21

-Thommo's officially retired on, say, Friday, OK?

-Mmm-hmm.

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Monday morning, bang. What happens?

0:55:250:55:28

Thommo rediscovers the old fire, loves the game,

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wants to play for Australia and... signs up for World Series Cricket.

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Is it just me, or does that sound too easy?

0:55:380:55:41

It's just you.

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Are you sure? I mean, I'm not a lawyer, but...

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Kerry takes it all on himself.

0:55:510:55:53

I don't know how he does it. He must be feeling it somewhere.

0:55:530:55:56

He's such a lovely man.

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Tell that to Gavin Warner.

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So what are you going to do?

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What do you mean?

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Come on, I've seen you like this before.

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You are far too quiet.

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He's got the Sydney Cricket Ground,

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he's got the lights being built, but it's the same problem as always.

0:56:180:56:22

"What if they don't come?"

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Yeah. It should be working by now.

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Hey, Strop!

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Everyone's working their arses off.

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We're paddling like buggery but we're getting nowhere.

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So this first game at the Cricket Ground with the lights...

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Well, if it's like VFL Park on that first day...

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It won't be that bad. People have been coming.

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I'm telling you, this whole thing could still turn to shit.

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What do you do when someone's ignoring you?

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Make a lot of noise right in front of them.

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His name's Wessels. Kepler Wessels. He's just about to turn 21.

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-He's a kid.

-But what a kid, Kerry. He's marvellous to watch.

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Swimming champion, tennis champion, rugby.

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He played schoolboy cricket, and can you believe this,

0:57:160:57:19

-he left one of his schools with a batting average of 270.

-Whoa.

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Sign him. No, no, I want to see him first.

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Here we go. How are you?

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Excellent.

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-Dim sims.

-Lovely.

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-Spring rolls.

-Great.

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Fried rice.

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Beef in black bean sauce.

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Chicken chop suey.

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And sweet and sour pork with extra sweet and sour.

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Thank you very much, my friend. Excellent.

0:57:440:57:47

He can't come straight from South Africa

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and play the West Indians because of the agreement.

0:57:490:57:51

So we slip him into a game for Sussex or somewhere and then, bingo.

0:57:510:57:55

-He's in.

-Good. Have you seen Warner's ad campaign for the summer?

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-Yeah.

-What do you think?

0:58:000:58:01

It's bloody ordinary, Kerry.

0:58:030:58:04

"Come and watch the white ball fly"? I mean, what kind of crap's that?

0:58:040:58:08

What the fuck are you doing? That's mine.

0:58:080:58:11

Er, it's Chinese food, Kerry. You share it.

0:58:110:58:14

No. I ordered it. It's mine. Put it back on the plate. Go on.

0:58:140:58:17

-There you go.

-Thank you.

0:58:200:58:21

TV ads, radio ads, print ads - all boring. We can do a lot better.

0:58:220:58:27

What are you going to do about it?

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I was thinking, I could go and see this guy, Big Al.

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-Big Al?

-Mmm-hmm. Writes songs.

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This way please, Mr Cornell.

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# I go hard, she go hard We both go hard together...

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Thank you.

0:58:590:59:01

-G'day, Corny.

-G'day, Allan.

0:59:010:59:03

-How are ya?

-Good. The boys are getting vocal out there.

0:59:030:59:05

Oh, one of the blokes is on his way to New York,

0:59:050:59:08

so they're farewelling him.

0:59:080:59:10

They've been at it for quite a while.

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Sounds like it.

0:59:120:59:13

So you and your mate Packer, you're creating quite a stir.

0:59:130:59:16

-That's your brief, Al. Create a stir.

-G'day, Strop.

0:59:160:59:20

-Alan.

-How are you, mate?

-Good.

0:59:200:59:22

-That's quite a brief. We've, er... We've been thinking about it.

-Good.

0:59:220:59:26

I need some of your magic.

0:59:260:59:28

-You say here, something patriotic.

-Yeah.

0:59:280:59:31

An anthem. We're up against the Ashes. 100 years of nostalgia.

0:59:310:59:35

We've got to invent a new history.

0:59:350:59:38

Mmm, invent history.

0:59:380:59:40

That's a nice brief, John. Thanks.

0:59:400:59:43

You want like a rugby song?

0:59:430:59:45

No. Bigger. Grander.

0:59:450:59:47

A war cry. A call to arms.

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Something like that.

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CHANTING CONTINUES

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Hear that?

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Limericks. That's it. That's it. That's what we need for the verse.

1:00:001:00:04

-You're kidding.

-No, no, no, the A-A-B-B-A rhyme.

1:00:041:00:08

-It's a much maligned rhyming form.

-For good reason.

1:00:081:00:10

No, no, no, no, that's just the lyrics. Don't worry about that.

1:00:101:00:13

We were thinking a chorus something along the lines of this.

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# Come on Australia

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# Show us what ya made-a

1:00:201:00:22

-# Come on Australia...

-Whoa.

-..come on... #

1:00:221:00:24

We just had the court decision come through -

1:00:241:00:27

we can't use the word 'Test' and we can't use 'Australia'.

1:00:271:00:30

-Bugger.

-But we can call ourselves Australians.

1:00:301:00:33

# Come on, Australians

1:00:351:00:36

# Come on, Australians

1:00:361:00:38

# No, that's awful... #

1:00:381:00:40

So, what have we got? What have we got? What do we need?

1:00:441:00:47

Erm...

1:00:471:00:50

# Marshy's taking wickets

1:00:501:00:52

# Hookesy's clearing pickets... #

1:00:521:00:54

And we need something that rhymes with green.

1:00:541:00:58

# The Chappellis' are catching it so clean... # No.

1:00:581:01:02

It's cricket like you've never seen?

1:01:021:01:03

Glean. Something glean.

1:01:051:01:08

-Gleam.

-Gleaned.

1:01:081:01:10

Gleam. Eyes have got the gleam... something.

1:01:101:01:13

Dougie's eyes have got the dreaded gleam. No, it's not quite right.

1:01:131:01:17

The Chappells. The... The Chappells' eyes have got the killer gleam.

1:01:171:01:22

Chappells. Chappells' eyes.

1:01:221:01:26

# Marshy's taking wickets

1:01:261:01:27

# Hookesy's clearing pickets

1:01:271:01:29

# And the Chappells' eyes have got that killer gleam. #

1:01:291:01:32

-I like it.

-Great.

1:01:321:01:34

-That's it?

-Great, yep.

1:01:341:01:37

-Well let's, erm... Shall we?

-Please.

1:01:371:01:40

Well we're thinking like, maybe starting with a montage,

1:01:401:01:44

a training montage or something.

1:01:441:01:46

And it's spoken word...

1:01:461:01:49

# You've been training all the winter

1:01:491:01:51

# There's not a team that's fitter

1:01:511:01:54

# And that's the way it's gotta be

1:01:541:01:57

# Cos you're up against the best, you know

1:01:571:02:00

# This is Supertest, you know

1:02:001:02:03

# And you've gotta beat the best The world has seen

1:02:031:02:06

# Lillee's pounding down like a machine

1:02:061:02:10

# Pascoe's making divots in the green

1:02:101:02:13

# Marshy's taking wickets

1:02:131:02:16

# Hookesy's clearing pickets... #

1:02:161:02:18

-Ah!

-Ah.

-Perfect timing. Here, you can drive.

1:02:401:02:44

So, do we have a song?

1:02:441:02:46

CHEERING AND LAUGHTER

1:02:511:02:54

-Hey, Tweetie!

-The sun is shining.

1:02:571:02:59

-Yeah, yeah.

-Is this Sesame Street?

-Have a go!

1:03:001:03:03

You are the ugliest model I've ever seen!

1:03:031:03:06

RAUCOUS LAUGHTER

1:03:061:03:07

Yeah, yeah. Up your bloody game.

1:03:131:03:15

MORE RAUCOUS LAUGHTER

1:03:151:03:17

I am not wearing this.

1:03:241:03:27

You'll be the only guy on the field who's not, Hubie.

1:03:271:03:29

We look ridiculous.

1:03:291:03:31

Looks like your mum's pyjamas, mate.

1:03:311:03:34

Yeah, yeah, you've got to bloody wear 'em, too. Bastards.

1:03:341:03:38

Take your pants off!

1:03:381:03:39

-What the fuck were you thinking with this Thomson bullshit?!

-What, what?

1:03:481:03:51

What's my job in this organisation, hmm?

1:03:511:03:54

Fixing problems of your fuckin' making.

1:03:541:03:56

I've got no idea what you're talking about!

1:03:561:03:58

Well, that's been obvious for quite a fuckin' while.

1:03:581:04:00

Why don't you go work for Murdoch?

1:04:001:04:02

You were laughed out of court with this stupid idea for Thomson.

1:04:021:04:05

-My idea?

-Now the Board get to keep him and you get to look like the fuckin' clown you are.

1:04:051:04:10

-It was not my idea.

-Is that right?

-It was the legal guy. He was convinced it would work.

1:04:101:04:14

-I was the one...

-How's the ad campaign?

1:04:141:04:16

-Honestly, it was not...

-Advertising!

1:04:161:04:18

Doesn't fuckin' matter. I'll talk with Cornell.

1:04:181:04:22

G'day, Strop. Hey, those cricket ads. That bloody song. Can't get it out of my head.

1:04:511:04:55

That's why I'm here. Kerry's not happy with how many times you're running them.

1:04:551:04:59

-How many times are they on between six and ten?

-Er, two.

1:04:591:05:02

Only two? Not enough. Kerry wants four. No, five.

1:05:021:05:06

Well, shit, who can I kick off?

1:05:061:05:08

Give us a look.

1:05:081:05:09

Claytons, three times, get rid of them.

1:05:111:05:14

Ansett, who fuckin' cares? Better drop one of them, too.

1:05:141:05:16

-Ruffles chips, piss that off.

-He wants us to cut five?

1:05:161:05:19

That's what he said. And he wants it done every night.

1:05:191:05:22

-Every night? How do I catch up?

-This is the cricket, mate.

1:05:221:05:25

Rose, what are you doing? Go home.

1:05:401:05:43

I can't.

1:05:431:05:44

Why? What's the problem?

1:05:451:05:48

Mr Packer likes me to be available as long as he's here.

1:05:481:05:51

You leave Mr Packer to me.

1:05:511:05:53

No, please don't say anything. I had all this work to do anyway.

1:05:531:05:57

12 million, Kerro.

1:06:031:06:05

It's coming together, Harry.

1:06:051:06:07

Yes, it is. What you've got now is a functioning organisation.

1:06:071:06:11

Congratulations.

1:06:111:06:13

But the role of that organisation is to lose the company's money.

1:06:131:06:16

We're getting too close to the edge.

1:06:161:06:19

Remember that conversation we had last year?

1:06:191:06:21

After you'd dumped 6 million?

1:06:211:06:24

Your father, Kerry, would have cut his losses by now.

1:06:241:06:27

-I know.

-He would have given himself an escape route. You don't have any.

1:06:271:06:32

It's not good business.

1:06:331:06:34

What are you doing? He had big plans for you.

1:06:361:06:40

Oh, no, he didn't!

1:06:401:06:41

Clyde was going to run everything, remember? I'm not Clyde.

1:06:491:06:54

And you're not the old man.

1:06:551:06:57

Still, you're in the shoes now.

1:06:591:07:01

So far, it's not a good fit.

1:07:031:07:04

Your father would never risk the lot, never.

1:07:061:07:10

I've got the Sydney Cricket Ground lights, and the game on Tuesday.

1:07:101:07:14

That's all you've got.

1:07:141:07:16

Listen, Kerro. It's one minute past midnight.

1:07:161:07:19

When you're way behind on the night,

1:07:201:07:22

a final roll of the dice is not a smart thing to do.

1:07:221:07:25

Mr Warner.

1:07:421:07:44

Rose.

1:07:441:07:46

Are you all right?

1:07:461:07:47

I've got an ulcer.

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My wife hates me.

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So do my kids.

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-HE SOBS

-So... so do I.

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He pushes a button and he whistles me like a dog.

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I know.

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How do you do it?

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I just do it.

1:08:311:08:32

Tuesday night's make or break, Rosie. If it comes off, I'm alive.

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If it doesn't, I'm going into the library.

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Come on, Cornell.

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Where are we going?

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I've got something I want you to see.

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What do you think, son?

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-You see that one there?

-Yep.

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That's yours. All these others are mine.

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You ready?

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-Let there be light.

-Yeah.

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# You've been training all the winter

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# And there's not a team that's fitter

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# And that's the way it's gotta be

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# Cos you're up against the best, you know

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# This is Supertest, you know

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# And you've gotta beat the best the world has seen

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# Lillee's pounding down like a machine

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# Pascoe's making divots in the green

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# Marshy's taking wickets

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# Hookesy's clearing pickets

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# And the Chappells' eyes have got that killer gleam

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# Mr Walker's playing havoc with the bat

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# Redpath, it's good to see you back

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# Laird is making runs

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# Dougie's chewing gum

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# And Gilmour's wielding willow like an axe

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# Come on, Aussie, come on...

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CROWD: Come on, Aussie, come on.

1:10:501:10:53

Come on, Aussie, come on.

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-COMMENTATOR:

-Yes, it's a magnificent sight, Richie.

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People are just waiting for the sun to go down

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to really capture this atmosphere.

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It certainly is an historical night here.

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It really is a fantastic sight.

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-RICHIE BENAUD:

-And people queuing up outside, trying to get into the ground.

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You! You! What's your name?

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-Tim, Mr Packer.

-Tim, why aren't you letting them in?

1:11:331:11:35

Well, the place is full. We got to capacity a while ago.

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You can't keep 'em out there, son.

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Mr Packer, there's 10,000 of them.

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Just open the fuckin' gates, will you?

1:11:421:11:44

The ticketing booth's closed. We've got no staff.

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Listen to me, son. That doesn't matter. Let them in anyway.

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They want to see cricket. We'll let them see cricket.

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Ma-a-a-a-ate!

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OK boys, step aside, let 'em in.

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CHEERING

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Enjoy the game. Enjoy the game.

1:12:161:12:19

-COMMENTATOR:

-Laird's timed that beautifully.

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Going way down the hill towards the fence...

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Mr Packer. You've opened up the Members Stand to women.

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I did. It's 1978, it's about time.

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I can't tell you how this makes me feel.

1:12:551:12:58

-I've been coming here for 30 years with my husband.

-He's a member, is he?

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He's down there right now, and we're about to join him.

1:13:011:13:06

Thank you.

1:13:061:13:07

-After you, ladies.

-Thank you, Mr Packer.

1:13:081:13:10

50,000 out there.

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I'm watching this with the two million people at home, son.

1:13:311:13:35

'It's so big that they've thrown the gates open, not closed them.'

1:13:351:13:40

-CROWD: Come on, Aussie, Come on...

-You hear that? They know the words.

1:13:441:13:47

Yep.

1:13:501:13:51

Kerry, I've got a confession.

1:13:541:13:56

-This might be a good time to tell you.

-Tell me what?

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I've been going in to Channel 9 and getting them to drop ads

1:13:591:14:02

and putting ours on instead.

1:14:021:14:04

-Jesus, son!

-You might be hearing from a few companies.

1:14:051:14:08

Bloody hell, Cornell.

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CHATTERING

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A beer, thank you.

1:14:431:14:44

This is it, Kerry.

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Yeah...

1:15:561:15:57

..I think you're right.

1:15:591:16:01

-Morning, Rose.

-Good morning, Mr Warner.

1:16:111:16:13

Well? What do you think, huh?

1:16:141:16:17

I thought the party started a bit early.

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Who the fuck organised that?

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And we'd like to congratulate Kerry Packer and his organisation

1:16:231:16:26

-for the phenomenal crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night...

-Phenomenal? That's going a bit far.

1:16:261:16:31

What do you want me to do, just thank him?

1:16:311:16:33

This sticks in my craw, it really does.

1:16:331:16:36

Bob, we have to offer an official response.

1:16:361:16:38

-I have never seen anything like it.

-As for that bloody song...

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Yes, have you seen? It's number one from this morning.

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On the pop charts.

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Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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-Thommo.

-G'day.

1:17:021:17:04

You can bowl, son.

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But you haven't got a fuckin' idea how to organise your life.

1:17:071:17:11

Ha, yeah.

1:17:111:17:12

Welcome back.

1:17:161:17:18

Thanks, boss.

1:17:181:17:20

Kerry...

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I was... I was talking to Ray Steele after the board called me in.

1:17:221:17:26

He said he wouldn't mind seeing all this over.

1:17:261:17:28

Did he, now?

1:17:301:17:31

And that's it for another night with our guests, Peter McFarlane

1:17:381:17:41

and Clive Bell, asking the big questions on cricket.

1:17:411:17:44

There's a long way to go finessing this new version of the great old game.

1:17:441:17:48

How long can these players keep it up?

1:17:481:17:50

Lillee breaking down again, Thomson out with a back problem, Gilmour's done a hamstring.

1:17:501:17:54

Even Greg Chappell, for the first time, is in trouble.

1:17:541:17:57

These men who have given everything are now at breaking point.

1:17:571:18:01

Goodnight.

1:18:011:18:02

It's time to go home now, Rosie.

1:18:181:18:19

-COMMENTATOR:

-The Australians look absolutely fantastic on the field

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in their gold coloured outfits.

1:18:511:18:53

Now, where were we?

1:19:031:19:05

Firstly, in principle, I'm happy for you to run the game.

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My offer, which you fuckin' knocked back, was half a million a year

1:19:141:19:18

when the ABC contract expires, which is next month.

1:19:181:19:23

Accept that?

1:19:231:19:24

Yes.

1:19:271:19:28

'Out! Lloyd, gone. The West Indies, 3-15.

1:19:301:19:34

'The crowd goes absolutely mad.'

1:19:341:19:36

Totally exclusive TV rights.

1:19:361:19:39

Right.

1:19:401:19:41

I get exclusive promotional rights to the game in Australia...

1:19:441:19:48

Right.

1:19:481:19:49

..for ten years.

1:19:491:19:50

Right.

1:19:531:19:54

The coloured clothing...stays.

1:19:541:19:58

Yes.

1:19:581:19:59

'The ball hits the stumps, but well home...'

1:20:011:20:04

We work out the details later.

1:20:041:20:06

Erm...

1:20:071:20:09

..we'll take it to the Executive.

1:20:111:20:13

I'd appreciate it.

1:20:161:20:17

Hi, how are you. See you in a bit.

1:20:391:20:41

-Tony. Hey, where's Kerry?

-He's not in there?

-No.

1:20:421:20:46

-I haven't seen him. Are you coming back?

-Yeah, yeah.

1:20:461:20:49

No, you don't need any of that. You get a building with a great big bloody front door

1:20:511:20:55

and you light it up like a fuckin' Christmas tree.

1:20:551:20:57

The punters come in, empty their wallets

1:20:571:20:59

and you open the door for them on their way out. "See you next week."

1:20:591:21:03

It's got to be the world's easiest way of making money, son.

1:21:041:21:09

Nah, what's a couple of roulette wheels cost?

1:21:091:21:11

Yeah, right-o. Yeah, good-o.

1:21:141:21:16

Tell Jimmy I'll see him in London, Monday.

1:21:161:21:19

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Two-part fact-based drama centred around Australian media mogul Kerry Packer, who fought a cricket war by signing up 50 of the world's greatest players to form a breakaway tournament.

Players and administrators nervously await their future as the battle for the World Series Cricket tournament reaches the High Court in London.


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