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Our cricket cliché counter
Point to prove
How's that a cliché?
Cricketers say it a bazillion times
Is bazillion the criteria for a normal phrase turning clich-tastic?
Give or take a few hundred mil
Used most by
Maths nerds and cricketers trying to get back into the team
Oct 29, 2012
Playing for pride
You mean cricketers don't always play for money?
Of course they do. But "pride" is the bottom-dweller's alleged motivation to compete
But isn't it one of the deadly sins?
Not deadlier than getting sacked by the selectors
Most used in
Oct 23, 2012
Peach of a delivery
What about them jaffas then?
Those are good too
So that's why Shahid...
Oct 16, 2012
Wonderful cricket shot
As opposed to
Hoicks, heaves and thwacks to midwicket
Wins bonus points for
Reminding the Americans, who we are forever trying to win over, the name of the sport
Oct 10, 2012
Right on the money
What, like Hansie Cronje was?
Is this about landing it on the "proverbial" coin
Hitting the jackpot at the IPL auction then?
Oct 3, 2012
Gave himself room
Feeling cramped in an open field?
You need some space to swing your arms
So Chris Gayle must need plenty?
And Jonathan Trott probably can do with a few more men on the crease
Or a bigger bat
Sep 27, 2012
On top of your game
What's the bottom of your game?
When you get bowled off a long hop
And the middle of your game?
When you get a boundary after nearly playing on
What's three-fourths of your game?
Do you have to take things so literally?
That's how I play the game
Well, I quit
Sep 21, 2012
It's not cricket
Anything that's unfair
So cricket's the byword for fairness?
The sport where bowlers are penalised for no-balls through free hits?
Where batsmen can change their grip and bat the other way without warning
Where running out a non-striker for backing up is considered poor form?
Were you a bowler in your youth?
Yes, how did you know?
Sep 15, 2012
Out of the park
Even if it's only just over the rope?
Yes. It's called poetic license
Sep 8, 2012
Ask questions of the batsman
Like "How do you do, guv?" or "Does your ancestry include traces of farm animals"?
More like good-quality bowling
Sep 2, 2012
Knocking on the selectors' door
Rookie 'ere, been knockin' forever so will you open up already?
Aug 27, 2012
Make the ball talk
Sounds like an interrogation
It is. Of the batsman
So what does the ball say?
"I seam to frighten you"
Aug 21, 2012
Marshall his troops
Are India and Pakistan going to war?
Have England and Australia finally decided to shed the cloak of civility?
Then who is getting his troops ready and for what?
A cricket captain getting ready to battle the opposition
On the cricket field?
Pity. Shane Warne would have made a magnificent general
And Ricky Ponting a scrappy foot soldier
Aug 15, 2012
A good lad
As opposed to?
A prima donna
So we aren't talking about the Indians here?
A cheap and unnecessary shot
Okay, so we're talking about players like Sachin Tendulkar here?
Now, there's a good lad
Aug 6, 2012
A rare talent
Not much. You'll see one every other year or so
So medium to well done, then?
Jul 30, 2012
Up the ante
In other words
Raise the stakes
By taking a wicket or hitting a boundary, most likely
So, by playing cricket?
Jul 24, 2012
Cracker-jack of a match
Used to describe
A run-a-ball chase situation
Subliminal advertisement message delivered
"Let's eat something crispy-fried"
Jul 18, 2012
A rush of blood
In other words
A filthy hoick caught at midwicket
What's blood got to do with it?
Well, you can't blame the player these days, can you?
Jul 12, 2012
That's the way he plays
A polite way to describe
Used most often for
Virender Sehwag and Tillakaratne Dilshan
So they gets runs from unconventional shots?
The MCC coaching manual should have a chapter on them
And title it "True-life tales of what happens when you don't follow the manual"
Jul 4, 2012
Give the bowler the first hour
His people get so little these days, go on, be nice
What'll he do with it?
Give it a kiss, a bit of a polish, and tuck it away in a showcase for the world to see.
Jun 28, 2012
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The Dubai sauna gives a suffocating welcome
The heat and the one-sided encounter were downers but this Pakistan was happy that at least his team won
A triumphant Lord's return
Pakistan thrilled one and all in their first Test at Lord's since 2010, giving their fans the experience of a lifetime
A match that transcended the ordinary
A fan hears "the sound that will live on in my memory for the rest of my life" during the India-Bangladesh game
An 800-km train journey to watch two special wins
A long journey, queues and ticketing troubles could not take away from the great show that Afghanistan and Scotland put on in Nagpur
PSL's final rumble among dhols and Africa djembes
The quality of cricket was high, the noise levels in the ground were high. The only downer was the struggle to get into the stadium
Shrubsole, Ecclestone miss Sri Lanka tour
Bangladesh bat, Shuvagata replaces Shafiul
Mennie in Test squad, Khawaja recalled
Hope, Powell help WI A surge to series win
Marsh all but seals spot for SA Tests with WACA ton
Stu will get you
Only two England players have won more Man-of-the-Match awards than Stuart Broad, whose next Test will be his 100th
Are we living through a new era of spin?
Warne and Murali's big turn has given way to something more subtle
Keshav Maharaj lives his father's dream
This son of an apartheid-era wicketkeeper is the sort of spinner South Africa have been looking for for a long time
Can you ace our ODI batting quiz?
The Cricket Monthly October issue
'I thought of myself as someone to take the fight to the bowler'
talks about opening the batting, and limping between the wickets
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