Definition of the Day: Nervous nineties

This one’s for the rather unfortunate Alex Hales, who’s yet to experience them after perishing for 83 today in the second Test against Sri Lanka. Still, if we got out for 80-odd every time we wouldn’t complain…

Nervous Nineties: Used to describe undue and unnecessary tension generated by the approaching landmark of a century. Batsmen who have found the previous eighty nine odd runs a doddle to compile, nevertheless sweat and mutter over scoring the final ten. The nervous nineties are a more serious incidence of the fraught forties.

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