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'Having some shrimp'

News of extreme interest in our Twitter round-up for the week

Alex Bowden

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Kraigg Brathwaite followed his unbeaten 70 in the previous match with another half-century against New Zealand, New Zealand v West Indies, quarter-final, ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012, Townsville, August 20, 2012
Kraigg Brathwaite: exclamation-point addict © ICC/Getty

This week's Twitter round-up features both tea and coffee. Who says that the world's cricketers have little to say on the world's most popular microblogging website?

The one-match ban
Shane Warne is philosophical about his punishment.

"Lastly, will take my penalty on the chin, as I was disappointed with some of my actions, in my opinion though the penalty is very harsh."

Way to take it on the chin while whinging and moaning about it, Warnie.

This was later followed by:

"Just been told I'm not allowed to be anywhere near the ground or the team in the dugout Only allowed to stay downstairs in the dressing room"

You'd presume this was because of the ban, but considering Warne's taken four wickets at 39.75 and gone for almost eight an over in this year's Big Bash, maybe it was long-term career advice from someone.

The overexposure
One of the great things about Twitter is that you get a real insight into cricketers' lives. Let's take a look at what West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite has been up to this week. Don't spare any details, Kraigg.

"Horse racing!!"

"Beach time!"


"Having some shrimp"

"Batting time!"

Can't wait for the autobiography.

The self-awareness
Herschelle Gibbs at least acknowledges that he isn't being enormously entertaining.

"Ok we flying to adelaide... #someuselessinfo"

"Ok that wasn't our boarding call.. #moreuselessinfo"

It's unclear why he can't stop himself from publishing these updates though.

The common cause
Indians and Pakistanis have much in common, according to Russel Arnold.

"Boy... I am getting sledged by both Pak and Ind fans for talking up Jadeja... Hahaha.... What's going on here?"

The anniversary
Michael Vaughan has news of extraordinary generosity from the wrong side of the Pennines.

"Lovely gesture by @Yorkshireccc to offer anyone who has been a member for 150yrs a free cup of tea at the first game of the season."

Bring your own cup.

The upgrade
Alex Hales flew from the UK to Australia and a few hours later hit 89 off 52 balls for Melbourne Renegades. Wasn't he tired from his travels?

"Buzzing, was just about to board the plane to Sydney, and got a random upgrade to first class! #noexcusesforjetlagtomorrownow"

Always wise to make a compelling case for travelling first class.

The film review
With Kent's Rob Key.

"Moonraker is ridiculous"

Nando's Watch
Leicestershire's Josh Cobb is behind the times.

"Feeding my craving in nandos..."

It's not 2012 now, Josh. The cricket world's moved on.

And it's not enough to "smash" your food either. You have to be even more destructive. Ask Stuart Broad.

"Mentally preparing for a Sunday Roast obliteration..."

The England team will doubtless be hiring a special food-obliteration psychologist to aid players' preparation for such endeavours.

Smashwatch extreme
Does the same approach apply to hot drinks?

"Classic premature sip of coffee #burnttonguefordays"

The same approach does not apply to hot drinks.

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Posted by Chris on (January 11, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

Stuart Broard may actually be the funniest person alive.

Posted by Sarthak on (January 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

Shane Warne is a humble man.

Warne always got a trick or two, to not let us pay him respect as much as we want to. - A disgusting poet.


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