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An ignominious dismissal, whereby bat goes one way, body the other in an ungainly mass of flailing limbs and scything woodwork – presaging imminent departure to the pavillion.
The kiss of death for a player, following prolonged praise of his abilities, discretion and temperament by a pundit or analyst. The current doyen of the commentator’s curse is ex-England skipper and splendid fellow Michael Vaughan, followed closely by BBC … Continue reading
Phrase which describes the fine margins between success and failure in the greatest of all games both literally and figuratively.
Mime-like manoeuvring by a batsman as he rehearses a stroke, or practices the one he should have just played.
A long suffering partner (and sometime sandwich maker), forever doomed to stand in the shadow of the greatest of all games. The male equivalent is the cricket widower.
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 … Continue reading
Definition of the Day: Skittled – to be rolled over, steamrollered – bowled out for a truly puny score. Etymology: derives from the game of nine pins, rather than the multi-coloured confectionary.
Prolonged resistance, even passable run scoring from the lower order (the tail) leading to frustration amongst the bowling side, who would expect them to roll over with the minimum of fuss. Rocket science is not required to trace the canine … Continue reading
The first three or, at a push, four batsman at the head of the scorecard – what England currently seem to be lacking in the early part of the summer of 2016. Usage: “The top order really aren’t firing at … Continue reading