Ashes : 5th Test Sydney Australia Vs England

The last Test of what has been a humiliating tour for the English, foolishly i booked my stay for 5 days…
For those curious Qantas charge $70 for a flight change.

General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading 'Whats your plan B' during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading ‘Whats your plan B’ during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Ashes : Boxing Day Test Match Australia Vs England

My last major assignment for 2013 and my first ever Ashes test on the ropes.
While the match itself turned out to be an anti-climax and i spent all of day 3 ‘retired hurt’ with a very bad case of Gastro, it was great to be covering cricket again, its actually been the longest period (10 months) i have gone without covering cricket.
Here are some pics.

Kevin Pietersen walks out to bat during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen and Tim Brenan walk out to bat during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson runs in to bowl during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson runs in to bowl during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook edges the ball between Brad Haddin and Shane Watson during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook edges the ball between Brad Haddin and Shane Watson during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen fielding on the boundary and general MCG view during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen fielding on the boundary and general MCG view during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
England team walk out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
England team walk out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Carberry get bowled during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Carberry gets bowled during the during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson celebrates after getting a wicket during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson celebrates after getting a wicket during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kevin Pietersen during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin batting during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin batting during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad  bowling during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad bowling during the during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers walks out to bat during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers walks out to bat during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers edges the ball which was dropped by England Captain Alistair Cook during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers edges the ball which was dropped by England Captain Alistair Cook during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MCG general view side on during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
MCG general view side on during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Chris Rogers raises his bat and helmet after scoring a century during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Shane Watson celebrates as he scores the winning runs during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Shane Watson celebrates as he scores the winning runs during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Shane Watson and Michael Clarke hug after Shane Watson scored the winning runs during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
Shane Watson and Michael Clarke hug after Shane Watson scored the winning runs during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake.
England captain Alastair Cook walks out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG - Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
England captain Alastair Cook walks out to the field via the players race during the during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the MCG – Boxing Day Test Australia Vs England, MCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Digging through the archive : Shooting from the scoreboard at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

This post was originally posted on my column over on Island Cricket

Shooting from the Pallekelle Scoreboard

If there is one thing I dislike about covering cricket, it’s the stationary nature of the assignment. Occasionally, photographers do move around, but if you work for a newswire service, as I do, you’re generally stuck at your makeshift desk shooting, editing and uploading your shots.

During the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Super Eight match between the West Indies and New Zealand in Pallekelle, I chose to divert from the norm, and head elsewhere for a change. With the sun setting behind the picturesque Hunnasgiriya mountain range, I decided to venture up the scoreboard for a wide-angle shot of the ground and the sunset.

Scoreboard attendant looks out of the scoreboard

After opening the front door to the scoreboard, you’re confronted by a narrow set of stairs. As I head up, I come across large narrow rooms. On each floor are scoreboard attendants manually inserting numbers, names and moving a big wheel with numbers on it.

I would compare a manual scoreboard to an office building. Instead of the accounts department on the third floor, you have the ‘extras and bowling figures’ department. On the fourth, fifth and sixth floors are the attendants in charge of the batsmen’s names, and up at the very top is the total score.

Once I had taken the sunset shot that I was after, I hung around for a little while longer to take photos of the young chaps hard at work. The oversized signs, numbers and the ingenious mechanics of it all were intriguing.

Utilising a PA system inside the scoreboard, the attendants follow the instructions of the scorekeeper in a meticulous manner. Each attendant is in charge of a section of the board — overs, players’ names, runs, fall of wicket ect. This army of local lads from Kandy were at first shocked to see a photographer inside the scoreboard taking photos of them, and not of the match. They wanted to take a few shots with my camera. In return, I got to be a scoreboard attendant rotating the big wheel.

 
Scoreboard attendant pushes the scoring wheel

When you consider the manpower required for the whole operation, you begin to understand why many traditional scoreboards around the world have been demolished. I would imagine that the accounts department would deem it not so cost-effective. In an age of spider cams, hawk-eye and mammoth electronic scoreboards, it’s nice to see all the Sri Lankan Test venues still using the humble, yet iconic manually-operated scoreboards.

Two scoreboard attendants look out of the scoreboard