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Slow start testing Ambrose's resilience

Updated: June 17, 2010, 3:07 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

They ranked us up like horses and sold us out of hand, They roped us to the plough, brave boys, to plough Van Diemen's Land. -- 19th-century Australian ballad, quoted in "The Fatal Shore" by Robert Hughes

To call Marcos Ambrose Australian is inadequate. He is Tasmanian.

When you find Australians far from home, they're usually tough, cheerful and optimistic. Tasmanians tend to be a cut above even the usual Aussie resilience.

Their island, settled as Van Diemen's Land in the ...

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