October 24, 2013

Twitter round-up

'Dear stomach, you're bored, not hungry - so shut up'

Alex Bowden
Graeme Swann picked up the wicket of Harris Sohail, PCB XI v England XI, tour match, 3rd day, Dubai, January 13, 2012
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Twitter: it allows cricketers to speak to their fans directly. This is bad news for the fans, really.

The questions
A lot of cricketers like to invite their followers to ask them questions. Obviously they get to pick which questions to answer, so you don't get any of the fence-sitting that characterises more formal interviews.

For example, here's an insight into how AB de Villiers rates the top teams.

Fascinating stuff.

We learned a lot about Mark Boucher this week as well. And we didn't even need to see the questions.

Journalism is dead. Long live the Twitter Q&A.

The self awareness
Chris Gayle knows his own mind.

And his own stomach.

The hashtags
How's Tino Best's hashtag habit coming along? Has he managed to kick his addiction yet?

That would be a no.

The confrontation
As a Test bowler, Graeme Swann is no stranger to personal battles. But this?

The peak
Nick Compton is hitting the heights.

Tino Best's modesty corner

If you're going to quote yourself, you might as well do the job properly.

Life with Kemar Roach
Kemar's been away.

Chris Gayle concurred. He said the dolphins "got skills".

Life with Kraigg Brathwaite
Kraigg appears to have come to believe that we can read his mind and he has therefore begun omitting anything that could be considered context, leaving us with a bizarre, minimalist expression of his experiences that tells us virtually nothing.

Can you make any sense of what follows? Any sense at all?

My job is to wade through this sort of stuff to bring you highlights. Just think about that for a minute.

What's your philosophy?
Cricketers are fond of trite self-improvement quotes. Some quote notable historic persons, some quote politicians, some quote religious figures. Going through tough times at present, Sreesanth has his own guru.

Nando's Watch
A shocking revelation here. It would seem that sometimes cricketers go to Nando's and don't broadcast the fact on Twitter.

This raises the very real possibility that the level of Nando's consumption among cricketers might be far in excess of what was previously believed and could in fact have reached pandemic proportions.

Alex Bowden blogs at King Cricket

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Posted by Shrikar_11 on (October 24, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

"Think about that for a moment" lol! and come on.. it hurts my eyes he says..

Posted by yujilop on (October 24, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

Is it possible to make the sizes of twitter text and cricinfo text approach each other for this feature? Switching between them hurts my eyes...

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