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What sort of cricketing speech would you give?
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your words
You are asked if you'd like to give the Spirit of Cricket lecture. You say:
"It'll be the best speech of all time"
"Let me ask all of you this: do you understand what spirit is? Raise your hands if you have the answer"
"It would be a pleasure. The game is going through a tumultuous time and we who care for it must speak out"
What will be the topic of your speech?
The importance of discipline and obedience
A call for change: in our attitude to administration, technology, scheduling and fans
How I feel alone and used and tortured and forced and misunderstood and misused
Will there be any jokes in it?
Yes, that will get my audience warmed up for the important bits
Yo, imma crack you up like tectonic plates
Only clowns use jokes
Will you attack anyone in your speech?
Can't. They don't let us cane 'em anymore
Attacking doesn't solve problems. We must work together for a brighter future
Blonde teens with little talent
Any motivational catchphrases to get the crowd going?
"We live this shit! We embody this shit! We would die for this shit so you can live for this shit!"
"Detention for slouchers"
Your oratory idol?
Tyler, the Creator
Anyone other than Gussie Fink-Nottle
What if someone heckles you?
That's all right. The truth isn't palatable to everyone
All true artists have their haterz
Will you bring up the issue of technology?
Yes, it's ridiculous to have it in some series and not in others
Yeah, the pirates must be destroyed
No cellphones allowed! I will confiscate any if I see them
Any tear-jerking moments in the speech?
Well, I wasn't going to say anything now, but the winter break may be getting shorter
Will have y'all weeping like country singers when singin' bout goin' home
When you love the game so much, it's natural to get emotional
How will you sign off?
By instructing the audience not to run in the corridors
With a video clip from
Fire in Babylon
By saying: "Stay positive, my homies"
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The chants of Virat-Virat are here to stay
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Smith and Guptill light up Sydney
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The Dubai sauna gives a suffocating welcome
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Maddy Green sidelined with hand injury
Coach Kuruppu lauds 'reluctant' schoolboy cricketer Gunaratne's growth
Kuggeleijn found not guilty in rape trial
Workload could push Rabada to breaking point
O'Keefe and Smith put Australia in dominant position
A Pom, but lovable
The Cricket Monthly February issue
What do Marsh and Rahul have in common?
There is no doubting their batting talent, but both have been plagued by inconsistency in their Test careers so far
Why we need needle
We all enjoy watching a little pettiness, bad blood and low-grade squabbling between players, let's admit it
Why the wrong technique is sometimes right
Orthodoxy is all well and good, but sometimes you need to dump it in the interests of the spirit of play
Fickle finger of Tim Paine's fate
Multiple surgeries and a loss of form and confidence pushed him into the shadows, but he will return for Tasmania this week
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