March 9, 2011


Bradman's kitchen cricket average

Andy Zaltzman


Ross Taylor's strike rate, in runs per 100 balls, during the last 16 balls of his Pallekele Powerblast against Pakistan. After plinking his way to 69 off 108, with just four fours - one of them courtesy of Kamran Akmal mistaking the ball for an endangered blue-crowned motmot bird from Suriname and not wanting to touch it ‒ the Wellington Wowitzer hit seven sixes and four more fours, and a total of 62 runs, off those 16 balls. It is fair to say that he shifted gears.

Also:The amount of time, in days, of psychological counselling that Perth scoreboard operator Gilberto Strafehound underwent before he was able to return to his post after working during Chris Tavare's two innings of 89 in 466 minutes and 9 in 127 minutes in the 1982-83 Ashes Test at the WACA.

Also: Don Bradman's batting average in games of kitchen cricket against his wife, Jessie, between 1935, when he first made her bowl an apple to him, and 1996, when he retired.

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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Andy Zaltzman
Andy Zaltzman was born in obscurity in 1974. He has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is currently one half of TimesOnline's hit satirical podcast The Bugle, alongside John Oliver. Zaltzman's love of cricket outshone his aptitude for the game by a humiliating margin. He once scored 6 in 75 minutes in an Under-15 match, and failed to hit a six between the ages of 9 and 23. He would have been ideally suited to Tests, had not a congenital defect left him unable to play the game to anything above genuine village standard. He writes the Confectionery Stall blog on Cricinfo.

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