“A fortuitous, lucky or downright spawny cricketing reversal, whereby defeat seemed certain but somehow circumstances conspire comically to contrive an unlikely victory.”
Another highly appropriate term for today’s England v Afghanistan T20 World Cup game – a a big scare for England. but they prevailed in the end, thanks to some decent fielding with good seam bowling especially from Liam Plunkett.
“A calamitous catastrophe of an innings, which alternately teeters between comedy and disaster. How England usually bat when facing any form of spin.”
Seems pretty appropriate today after England’s shocking first innings against Afghanistan in the World T20. From 85-7 we somehow shambled along to 142, thanks in large part to Moeen Ali and David Willey. First big scalp for the Afghanis is there for the taking.
An intangible pressure created by a team’s formidable total or in the shorter forms of the game, its monstrous run rate.
Well spring has sprung, we’ve awoken from our winter slumbers, sniffed out our whites and begun to oil our bat in anticipation of another glorious English summer. However although we’re in very early season form, it seems someone’s organised a very handy T20 World Cup to see us through to the first days of the season – so hurrah!
India have lost in the opening fixture of the big boys, England’s first game is under way as we scribble these words and it’s time to conjure up another definition of the day. So here we are in memoriam for India’s opening pitch.
Fruity Wicket: A saucy minx of a pitch, offering flirtatious, indecent come-ons to every style of bowler: it spins like a top, seams like a demon and swings like a 70s disco.
A popular proverb recounting the difficulties of placing catchers for a batsman of decidedly more agricultural leanings. It derives from the days when rustic agrarians would grace village games with the healthily uncomplicated approach of ‘see ball, smack ball’.
A half played-for, half streaky shot, which catches the outside edge and has elements of both luck and design in its composition. The educated edge somehow inevitably squirts away for runs, usually in the region between slips and gully, leaving the hard toiling bowler quietly fuming.
Glass fingers: Fragile, susceptible digits, wont to break during first hard contact with the ball, usually whilst catching but sometimes whilst batting. England skipper Nasser Hussain was prone to this particularly nasty affliction.
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