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(BBC)   Ricky Ponting, second highest scorer in International cricket, has announced his retirement   (bbc.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-11-29 09:22:43 AM  
crum·pet
noun \ˈkrəm-pət\
Definition of CRUMPET: a small round unsweetened bread cooked on a griddle and usually split and toasted before serving
 
2012-11-29 12:42:47 PM  
Did a GIS for an appropriate screengrab from Slumdog Millionaire, couldn't find it.
 
2012-11-29 12:46:18 PM  
It only took three games.
 
2012-11-29 12:48:39 PM  

ArkAngel: crum·pet
noun \ˈkrəm-pət\
Definition of CRUMPET: a small round unsweetened bread cooked on a griddle and usually split and toasted before serving


And now we all understand cricket.
 
2012-11-29 12:54:18 PM  
I figured he was just about done when I saw this.
 
2012-11-29 12:58:50 PM  
 
2012-11-29 12:59:04 PM  
Punter was a legend. A fierce competitor on the field, from all accounts extremely courteous and professional off the pitch - in good times and bad (and he saw both, as his captaincy bridged the end of the greatest team since the 1980s West Indies, and the start of a not-so-great-one).

Not the most stylish of batsmen, but technically extremely good and the perfect #3 or #4, equally capable of consolidating at 15/1 and accelerating the rate against an old ball.

A great cricketer, not quite Sachin's equal as a bat, but pretty bloody close, and a hell of a lot more use in the field and as a captain.

(Not a great judge of a single, though)
 
2012-11-29 01:11:44 PM  
Who will the Barmy Army sing about now?

Singing about the current crop seems like insulting a retarded twelve year old.

/He bowls to the left
//He bowls to the right
///That Mitchel Johnson
////His bowling is shiate
 
2012-11-29 01:15:48 PM  
Guess he got sick of the damp sandwiches.
 
2012-11-29 01:49:37 PM  
I thought he had retired already, after the 2008 Ashes.
 
2012-11-29 01:57:23 PM  
I read "Ponting" as "Poynting" and all I could think was, "I cant believe that a$$hole had enough time to invent that damn vector AND play cricket!"

/Idiot
 
2012-11-29 02:11:47 PM  

H31N0US: I thought he had retired already, after the 2008 Ashes.


Are you serious? That better not be an Ace Ventura joke.

/ there was no 2008 Ashes

// a Dolphins fan who follows cricket? There can be only one.
 
2012-11-29 03:26:12 PM  
Which cricketer recorded the most first-class centuries?

Ricky Ponting
Michael Slater
Sachin Tendulkar
Jack Hobbs
 
2012-11-29 03:36:40 PM  

caddisfly: Which cricketer recorded the most first-class centuries?

Ricky Ponting
Michael Slater
Sachin Tendulkar
Jack Hobbs


Well, Jack Hobbs clearly. Because Hobbs played in the 1920s, everyone played a hell of a lot more first class cricket those days. Hobbs played 834 first class matches, Ponting will finish on 280. It's pretty hard to score 199 centuries in 280 matches (though the Don got 117 in 234, and might have pushed Hobbs but for WW2).

(it's spelled Jack Hobbs, but its pronounced Jai Ho!)
 
2012-11-29 03:44:42 PM  
I loved the one cricket match I've been to (a county match at Lords in the 90's) and watch it wherever I can, is there any cable channel that shows matches in the US? Google has failed me, any help will be appreciated.
 
2012-11-29 04:02:51 PM  

macadamnut: H31N0US: I thought he had retired already, after the 2008 Ashes.

Are you serious? That better not be an Ace Ventura joke.

/ there was no 2008 Ashes

// a Dolphins fan who follows cricket? There can be only one.


2009 then. I know it's every 18 months. It was the one where Ponting had a century then Flintoff shut him down at like 30 next time around.

It was Flintoff who retired then. I don't really follow cricket but I understand it and will watch it when in the company those who do follow it. I do it for the Pimms.
 
2012-11-29 04:37:50 PM  

Henry Holland: I loved the one cricket match I've been to (a county match at Lords in the 90's) and watch it wherever I can, is there any cable channel that shows matches in the US? Google has failed me, any help will be appreciated.


Willow. Available online and on Dish and Direct, plus some cable providers.
 
2012-11-29 04:40:15 PM  

Henry Holland: I loved the one cricket match I've been to (a county match at Lords in the 90's) and watch it wherever I can, is there any cable channel that shows matches in the US? Google has failed me, any help will be appreciated.


ESPN has some scam going where you can watch on Cricinfo IF you have the right ISP, but I sure don't. I've also heard you can add a cricket package to some dish TV or cable plans for absurd amounts of money.

I just watch streams.
 
2012-11-29 06:01:00 PM  
weknowmemes.com
 
2012-11-29 06:17:24 PM  

gwowen: caddisfly: Which cricketer recorded the most first-class centuries?

Ricky Ponting
Michael Slater
Sachin Tendulkar
Jack Hobbs

Well, Jack Hobbs clearly. Because Hobbs played in the 1920s, everyone played a hell of a lot more first class cricket those days. Hobbs played 834 first class matches, Ponting will finish on 280. It's pretty hard to score 199 centuries in 280 matches (though the Don got 117 in 234, and might have pushed Hobbs but for WW2).

(it's spelled Jack Hobbs, but its pronounced Jai Ho!)


Congratulations, you are Mumbai's next MILLIONAIRE!
 
2012-11-29 07:05:48 PM  

macadamnut: Henry Holland: I loved the one cricket match I've been to (a county match at Lords in the 90's) and watch it wherever I can, is there any cable channel that shows matches in the US? Google has failed me, any help will be appreciated.

ESPN has some scam going where you can watch on Cricinfo IF you have the right ISP, but I sure don't. I've also heard you can add a cricket package to some dish TV or cable plans for absurd amounts of money.

I just watch streams.


I would love to follow cricket, but the cricket packages I looked at were friggin ridiculously expensive. Too bad, it looks interesting.
 
2012-11-30 01:33:26 AM  

Henry Holland: I loved the one cricket match I've been to (a county match at Lords in the 90's) and watch it wherever I can, is there any cable channel that shows matches in the US? Google has failed me, any help will be appreciated.


Here's a link to a good streaming site which is showing the Test match between Australia and South Africa as I write:

Link

It's the final Test of a three Test series. South Africa pulled off one of the most gutsy rearguard efforts I've ever seen to salvage a draw in the Second Test and keep the series at 0-0 after rain affected the First Test.

If Australia manage to win they'll overtake South Africa as the #1 team in the world rankings.

South Africa are currently 6/110 on day one, after they won the toss and elected to bat.
 
2012-11-30 01:41:43 AM  
I was pleasantly surprised to see the reactions to Ponting's retirement of the Indian fans on cricinfo. Four years ago they basically saw him as the Anti-Christ. Now they're posting about how much they'll miss him.

In fact, most of them are clamouring for Sachin Tendulkar to follow suit. Strange days, indeed.
 
2012-11-30 04:31:52 AM  

King Something: ArkAngel: crum·pet
noun \ˈkrəm-pət\
Definition of CRUMPET: a small round unsweetened bread cooked on a griddle and usually split and toasted before serving

And now we all understand cricket.


Waddaya know, six runs.
 
2012-11-30 07:21:42 AM  

Trapper439: Henry Holland: I loved the one cricket match I've been to (a county match at Lords in the 90's) and watch it wherever I can, is there any cable channel that shows matches in the US? Google has failed me, any help will be appreciated.

Here's a link to a good streaming site which is showing the Test match between Australia and South Africa as I write:

Link

It's the final Test of a three Test series. South Africa pulled off one of the most gutsy rearguard efforts I've ever seen to salvage a draw in the Second Test and keep the series at 0-0 after rain affected the First Test.

If Australia manage to win they'll overtake South Africa as the #1 team in the world rankings.

South Africa are currently 6/110 on day one, after they won the toss and elected to bat.


Highlight of the day was when Watto got out cheaply and Australia slumped to two for not much. Ponting was due to come in, but with only 25 minutes left in the day and his recent form far from great (although he has made some big scores in domestic games recently so no surprises if he does something superb in this his final game) Australia chose to put in a 'night watchman' (that's a lower order batsman with a sound defensive technique for non-cricket-fans) instead. Nathan 'Gaz' Lyon had almost reached the centre when the crowd realised they were giving a standing ovation to a number 11 batsman, not Punter! Gaz and Warner survived the day and although Punter may well be in early tomorrow, this will undoubtedly be easier than if he'd had to bat today.

Australia are well on top but the Saffers' fighting spirit, as shown so strongly in Adelaide earlier in the week, means this game is far from over. Australia has played the more aggressive, more successful cricket in this series but it's still wide open largely due to the efforts of Faf Du Plessis, who's just starting his test career.

Again for non-cricket-fans, I can completely understand why sports fans not familiar with cricket would be pretty suspicious about a game which can take five days to play and still have no result. But grinding out a draw in difficult circumstances can be edge-of-the-seat stuff just as much as a team dominating another team can sometimes be spectacular but often winds up being boring. The beauty of test cricket is that it's very very rare for a team to lose if they've generally been the better team during the match (as opposed to sports which are over in a few hours, where a few lucky shots can produce an against-the-run-of-play result). It's a fantastic sport with tremendous subtleties, ebbs and flows, great individual achievements and a lot of strategy.
 
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