All the world's cricketers walked into a bar. The LOLs, the chatter, and the occasional mini-brawls, they were endless. And the news cycle was never the same again! Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's Social Buzz, your go-to destination for all the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond.
Happy Birthday, Baz. Here's cake in your... everywhere
Don't try this at home. Or do. Just have a second cake somewhere that you can actually eat.
Healy wins the toss for Lanning
Meg Lanning hasn't had the best of luck with winning the toss in recent times. She only managed to win two during the Ashes series in England and one in West Indies (Rachael Haynes won the toss in the match she stood-in for Lanning when she suffered a back spasm). So at the start of the home season against Sri Lanka in Sydney, Lanning handed the duties to Alyssa Healy and...Australia won the toss. Will Lanning be doing it again?
"I've got a pretty bad record with the coin toss and Alyssa has been talking herself up and she's delivered," Lanning said.
Three 'captains' at the toss, as Meg Lanning sends Alyssa Healy to spin the coin to break Australia's losing streak— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 29, 2019
...and Healy duly wins the toss! #AUSWvSLW https://t.co/M5GJJIIyPH pic.twitter.com/Ly6MVdNCPe
Introducing Jemi Neesh
We all know which cricketer puts out the most rib-tickling posts on social media. But he's got some serious competition. Jimmy Neesh, meet your match. That hashtag tho!
Hampshire's Abbott is Essex's player of the month
Having become the first team to complete a County Championship/T20 double during September, Essex shouldn't have been short of candidates for their Player of the Month award. But at their end-of-season dinner, the winner was announced as… Hampshire seamer Kyle Abbott. Abbott's remarkable match haul of 17 for 86 had knocked Somerset off top spot in the Championship, and meant Essex were the leaders going into the final round. After completing his haul, Abbott had tweeted "@EssexCricket you welcome……" - he might well do so again after compatriot Simon Harmer hands over the congratulatory bottle of champagne.
First up, the September @DeVinesAcc Player of the Month and there was only ever going to be one winner...— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) September 27, 2019
Congratulations, @Kyle_Abbott87 and Harmy has your champers! #EssexPOTY pic.twitter.com/khreYadbLJ
Watch: Tendulkar bats on a rain-filled pitch
Sachin Tendulkar has posted a video from his playing days in which he's receiving throwdowns from his friends on a waterlogged pitch on a rainy day. The ball splashes into the surface and rears up at Tendulkar, who whips it behind the wicket, plays it straight and even drives, but it isn't these shots that delight his friends. It's when he's forced to duck or swerve or offer a catch that there are loud cheers and cackles of laughter all round. Tendulkar smiles too, perhaps knowing what it means to them to (sort of) best him. International bowlers may have been largely respectful of Tendulkar at the crease, but that's not what you get from your mates, eh?
Check out Sri Lanka's new Malinga
Lasith Malinga's international career is on its last stretch, and Sri Lanka fans will bid goodbye to him with a heavy heart when the time finally comes, but they might not have to wait too long for another like him.
The animal lover
You may not want to be a bunny, but it's nice to be around them har har.
Pity the umpires who have to deal with the "he started it!" arguments that are bound to break out when three siblings - like the Curran brothers here - play in a game together.
Friendly games of football need VAR too
A right decision is a right decision regardless of the stakes of the game, right? Somerset take their pre-match warm-up game of football seriously enough to have referees and video replays (Video Assistant Referee, the cousin of DRS) because, well, why ever not?
John Cleese and Jeffrey Archer spotted in Taunton
It's true what they say: you'll find only old men (and their dogs) at county games. But to cut a long story short, it wouldn't be fawlty to say that we were particularly starstruck by the presence of two 79-year-olds in Taunton for the County Championship game between Somerset and Essex - novelist Jeffrey Archer and actor John Cleese.
No play on day three in Taunton!— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 25, 2019
Can @SomersetCCC still script a thrilling win on the final day to pip Essex to the title? https://t.co/qNDDrygTci #countycricket
(Photo courtesy @Jeffrey_Archer) pic.twitter.com/80Y6PR93WB
Parkinson to Parkinson, GOT HIM LBW!
Matt and Callum Parkinson are twins, bowl (different types of) spin, played club cricket together and always felt it would be "weird" to come up against each other as professionals. Matt plays for Lancashire, while Callum switched to Leicestershire via Derbyshire early in his professional career.
It's been a week for the Parkinson twins in the County Championship!— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 26, 2019
1st inns: Matt gets Callum LBW
2nd inns: Callum gets Matt LBW
We can't wait to see how this ends! https://t.co/38eqUB2gwm pic.twitter.com/qmmS3YWE0Q
When the 22-year-olds came up against each other in a Division Two game in the County Championship this week, the odds would still have been long for both of them to get each other out in identical fashion. And yet, here we are, three days later, with exactly that coming to pass.
It's been a week for the Parkinson twins!
MS Dhoni knows the trials of a "trial ball"
MS Dhoni posted a video of his friend getting bowled and then claiming that that was a "trial ball" (Ed: That's a legit claim. The MCC needs to add it to the Laws). What happens when he faces the first "actual" delivery?
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Wen U know what's coming and start the camera and u get it in the nxt 1min, sorry for the bad light but it's the lingo that's fun trial ball, umpires decision last decision.brings back memory from school days.he wd have never accepted this ever happened if v didn't have this video.all of us have witnessed this at some point of time in cricket.enjoy
No excess baggage for Ravi Shastri
Wow, Ravi, nothing from duty-free for you? Not even a nice box of chocolates or a good bottle of whiskey?
Childhood friends turned Ashes rivals
Curran had posted the same photo on Twitter two years ago when Marsh was set to join him at Surrey.
The song bird
Right, so Glenn McGrath was Pigeon and Brett Lee is Parrot?
"I didn't pick the parrot, the parrot picked me" - @BrettLee_58 opens up about that hilarious costume and what it was really like under the mask. What are your guesses for the remaining #MaskedSingerAU contestants? pic.twitter.com/hGsJHayNiW— The Project (@theprojecttv) September 25, 2019
Aaron Finch wants to get in on the reality singing competition action too. Maybe he could be Penguin and then also moonlight as a comic-book villain.
Tracy Chapman, fast car would be my song!! Not sure what mask, maybe Grinch? https://t.co/JJVI5cnjPI— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) September 24, 2019
The parent trap
Joe Denly echoes the feelings of young parents everywhere.
Why would you have more than two kids I am shattered and I'm not even the one breast feeding all night, my parents had 4.......!— Joe Denly (@joed1986) September 24, 2019
Will miss the family in NZ but I'll sleep well, every cloud— Joe Denly (@joed1986) September 24, 2019
Cricket, like many other major sports, contributes to environmental degradation, so it's nice to see players take a stand on climate change. Rohit Sharma tweeted support for Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who spoke at the UN general assembly this week, calling out world leaders for their lack of effort in cutting down carbon emissions.
Leaving the saving of our planet to our children is utterly unfair. @GretaThunberg, you're an inspiration. There are no excuses now. We owe the future generations a safe planet. The time for change is now.https://t.co/THGynCSLSI— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 24, 2019
Donald Trump, meet the Don of...
When Australian billionaire Anthony Pratt wanted to talk up Australian prime minister Scott Morrison to US president Donald Trump, he took some help from cricket... and then baseball.
2D Adam Zampa enjoys Essex's T20 win
You know how people say, "you just had to be there"? Well, Adam Zampa did the next best thing after his county side Essex won the T20 Blast title while he was away in Australia. He had his victorious team-mates pose with his cardboard cutout so he could be part of the celebrations as well. So what if he wasn't on the scorec….
Adam Zampa is back home in Australia to play in the one-day Cup, but @EssexCricket ensured he didn't miss out on their #Blast19 victory celebrations https://t.co/DFI6zGv1om— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 22, 2019
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Give yourself a talking to
Missed all the chatter last week? Catch up on it here