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Cricket, The Gentlemen’s Game

6. October 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

India vs. Australia

If you’re chatting with any gentlemen from Australia, they are probably fans of the game of cricket. An intense match with one of their biggest rivals, India, is currently underway so you may want to learn a little about this bat-and-ball team sport known as “the gentlemen’s game”.

 

It’s not too hard to understand, but like any sport that’s been around for a while, cricket has its own laws, legend and language. Cricket was first documented as being played in southern England in the 16th century and has become the world’s second most popular sport after football. In addition to England, cricket is commonly played in Australia, South Africa, India, and Pakistan, among others.

 

A match is contested between two teams of eleven players each. One team bats, and will try to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the runs scored by the batting team. A run is scored by the striking batsman hitting the ball with his bat, running to the opposite end of the pitch and touching the crease there without being dismissed. The teams switch between batting and fielding at the end of an innings. The most runs wins.

 

There are over 100 terms used in cricket, with many of them very silly sounding and humorous. Here are a few definitions of some of the more curious terms. Every country has slang and terms particular to its own region as well.

 

  • Bang it in: to bowl a delivery on a shorter length with additional speed and force. The bowler is said to be "bending his back" when banging it in.
  • Beamer: a delivery that reaches the batsman at around head height without bouncing. Due to the risk of injury to the batsman, a beamer is an illegal delivery, punishable by a no ball being called.
  • Cart-wheeling stump: when a ball hits a stump with enough force to cause it to make vertical revolutions before landing.
  • Chinaman: a left-handed bowler bowling wrist spin (left arm unorthodox).
  • Crease: one of several lines on the pitch near the stumps; most often referring to the popping crease.
  • Daisy cutter: when a ball rolls along the pitch or bounces more than 2 times.
  • Dibbly dobbly: a bowler of limited skill or a delivery that is easy to hit.
  • Dilscoop: a stroke where a batsman goes on one knee and hits a good length or slightly short of length ball straight over the wicket keeper's head usually to the boundary or over it.
  • Donkey drop: a ball with a very high trajectory prior to bouncing.
  • Flat-track bully: a batsman high in the batting order who is very good only when the pitch is not giving the bowlers much help.
  • Fruit salad: when a bowler delivers a different type of delivery each time, rather than bowling a constant speed, length and angle.
  • Googly: a deceptive spinning delivery by a leg spin bowler, also known (particularly in Australia) as the wrong 'un.
  • Half yorker: a delivery intentionally bowled at the base of the stumps.
  • Mullygrubber: a ball that doesn't bounce after pitching Nurdle: to score runs by gently nudging the ball into vacant areas of the field.
  • Snickometer: a device used to measure the distinct sound generated when a batsman snicks the ball.
  • Sticky dog: a drying wicket that is exceedingly difficult to bat on.
  • Wicket: a set of stumps and bails; the pitch; or the dismissal of a batsman.

 

Cricket has always been known as "the gentlemen’s game" due to its high level of sportsmanship and strong team spirit. If you’re interested in learning more about cricket, ask your favorite Aussie gentleman to teach you.

 

Last year, some of the players from the Australian cricket team posed in a calendar to help raise money for charity. Take a look at some of these sexy shots!

 

Mitchell Johnson

Nathan Bracken

Shaun Tait

Shane Watson

Tim Payne