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The current doyen of the commentator’s curse is ex-England skipper and splendid fellow Michael Vaughan, followed closely by BBC Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew.
Phrase which describes the fine margins between success and failure in the greatest of all games both literally and figuratively.
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 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.
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 origin of this term.
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 the moment, perhaps it’s time for a change of personnel?”
A most achievable. not to say highly desirable total to chase, a target one is in imminent danger of accomplishing.
Usage: “New Zealand make 153-8 from their 20 overs, that’s an eminently gettable total for England to progress to the World T20 final. However, given their almost unlimited capacity for self-destruction, perhaps it’s not quite so gettable after all. “