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Tests of Character
Discover yourself by taking our quizzes
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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An 800-km train journey to watch two special wins
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PSL's final rumble among dhols and Africa djembes
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Emoji masks, and alien dance moves
A packed house and a nail-biting finish, perfect for the T20 format, made it an exciting day at Newlands
Gidman joins Kent on a Notts loan deal
Warner stresses patient approach
Russell's lawyer disputes anti-doping charge
'Plan was to bowl as many maiden overs as possible' - Umesh Yadav
Brathwaite credits Indian pacers for West Indies' no-show
Why close-catching standards have dropped
Technique and anticipation are important for close-in fielding. Many of today's fielders lack both
A keen eye, a beating heart
The Meaning of Cricket
is a collection of Jon Hotten's writing that is lively with insight and anecdote. By
Gone too soon
The Cricket Monthly July issue
'As a leader, you need to understand the characters in the team'
Mahela Jayawardene talks about captaincy, and Arjuna Ranatunga's influence on Sri Lankan cricket
'I play every match like it's my last'
relives his success at Lord's and talks about what it's like to be acclaimed as the world's best spinner
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