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2013-02-06 11:24:14 AM
Cricket is the most complex human creation. There's no way to fully understand what's happening at any given moment.
 
2013-02-06 11:28:24 AM

Decillion: Cricket Calvinball is the most complex human creation. There's no way to fully understand what's happening at any given moment.




Fixed.

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2013-02-06 11:30:11 AM
Always good to prevent the runs.
 
2013-02-06 11:35:51 AM
Howzat?
 
2013-02-06 11:40:34 AM
Wow, he jumped and caught a ball hit directly above his head. How impressive. It's like you've never played catch with an inaccurate thrower before.

Also, one handed is just as easy as two when the ball is smaller than your hand.
 
2013-02-06 11:55:20 AM

IAmRight: Wow, he jumped and caught a ball hit directly above his head. How impressive. It's like you've never played catch with an inaccurate thrower before.

Also, one handed is just as easy as two when the ball is smaller than your hand.


Struck ball.  Indian rubber ball.  One hand.  No glove.  Let's give it a shot, I'll hit a few at you and see if you care to revise your opinion.
 
2013-02-06 11:57:17 AM

Decillion: Cricket is the most complex human creation. There's no way to fully understand what's happening at any given moment.


Two Pakistani friends once tried to explain it to me, tag-team style.  I still think they make it up as they go (i.e., Calvinball).

/but they get American football, which has more rules than the Supreme Court
 
2013-02-06 11:59:20 AM
Seems like he hooked it foul.

/still a nice play
 
2013-02-06 12:02:21 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Two Pakistani friends once tried to explain it to me, tag-team style.  I still think they make it up as they go (i.e., Calvinball).


More than once I've sat down with a writeup of how it works and read through it.  Each time I've done it I've thought I had some sort of handle on what the game is on about, but that handle fades reeaallly fast.

I think doing that then watching a game might be helpful, but I haven't found someone willing to watch a game with me who would either know what was going on ahead of time or participate in the learning.
 
2013-02-06 12:06:11 PM

NkThrasher: I think doing that then watching a game might be helpful, but I haven't found someone willing to watch a game with me who would either know what was going on ahead of time or participate in the learning.


From what I've gathered in Fark threads, it's baseball except it's one inning, strikeouts are when you let the pitcher hit the wickets, and instead of running around bases, you just run back and forth like an idiot. Oh, and there's no foul territory.

And in different versions there are limits to how many pitches you can get because it's really f*cking easy to hit, apparently, and otherwise the games last forever.
 
2013-02-06 12:11:06 PM

unyon: Struck ball.  Indian rubber ball.  One hand.  No glove.  Let's give it a shot, I'll hit a few at you and see if you care to revise your opinion.


I doubt you could hit it accurately enough, but okay. You realize that the "struck ball" crap really doesn't matter, nor does the one hand or no glove at that distance, right? By that point it's lost enough velocity that it's not going to do damage. I used to practice baseball in the outfield without a glove all the time, occasionally catching liners. You really don't need a glove when you're 150 yards away from the strike point of the ball.
 
2013-02-06 12:12:00 PM
Correction: 75 yards; forgot to convert diameter to radius since they're in the middle.
 
2013-02-06 12:17:53 PM
They are super polite! That batter was dismissed. Like in school.

Just say hes out!
 
2013-02-06 12:17:58 PM

unyon: IAmRight: Wow, he jumped and caught a ball hit directly above his head. How impressive. It's like you've never played catch with an inaccurate thrower before.

Also, one handed is just as easy as two when the ball is smaller than your hand.

Struck ball.  Indian rubber ball.  One hand.  No glove.  Let's give it a shot, I'll hit a few at you and see if you care to revise your opinion.


I'm an American who grew up never playing cricket and as an adult I've had the opportunity to play cricket in the UK & India (work leagues) and in Trinidad (pick up games on the Port of Spain, savannah) and I've found that while most Americans tend to underestimate how hard it is and how talented the players are...most non-American cricket fans over-estimate how tough it is and how tough it is to play to an experienced baseball player...especially the fielding aspect.

Cricket fielding and baseball fielding are quite similar.  Yes, in cricket it is more about positioning and tactics, etc., but the actual act of cricket fielding and throwing (with obvious equipment differences) is very close to baseball and why most Americans who are familiar with baseball just don't get terribly excited about catches like that one...because while it's impressive, to a baseball player, it's not that big of a deal.

Heck, when I was approached in the UK about joining my work's cricket team (they had American ex-pats on the team for years)...that was the first thing they asked me..."did you play baseball growing up?".  When I asked how much of benefit it was to have played baseball in high school, they said for batting it will be almost a negative b/c of the strategic difference and how Americans are trying for power vs. placement, but for fielding they said it would likely make me one of the best fielders on the team on Day One...both which were 100% accurate.  Kids in America who grew up playing baseball have really good instincts for fielding, catching and throwing like kids who grew up playing soccer/football have really good instincts for ball control, kicking, passing, dribbling, etc.

In a relevant note...I love playing cricket...I think the short form game or even Twenty20 would catch on in the States very well.   Americans IMO don't have the patience or attention span for full cricket or even 50 overs...but almost every American I've ever played with loves it almost immediately...it's a blast...I can't recommend it enough.
 
2013-02-06 12:20:14 PM

IAmRight: From what I've gathered in Fark threads, it's baseball except it's one inning, strikeouts are when you let the pitcher hit the wickets, and instead of running around bases, you just run back and forth like an idiot. Oh, and there's no foul territory.

And in different versions there are limits to how many pitches you can get because it's really f*cking easy to hit, apparently, and otherwise the games last forever.


Yeah, I remember similar details.  Get the ball away from the middle by hitting it, swap sides a bunch of times to score, don't let them knock down the sticks, and highly variable rules describing when 'innings' end that change it from a couple of hours to a weeks long game.


But on the other hand, we can describe baseball in similar abstract terms and have it sound silly.

Get the ball away from home plate by hitting it.  Run around in a circle to score.  Don't miss the ball too many times, unless you didn't try to hit it, then it's sometimes okay.


Now I really want to find someone who understands Cricket to watch a game with me again...  Watching Rugby for the first time with a German doing commentary was a great experience.  I expect that Cricket would be similar if I could find someone willing to answer dumb questions.
 
2013-02-06 12:23:41 PM
One more comment...the act of bowling (pitching) in cricket, with the straight arm and the run up...for an ex-baseball pitcher, I've never felt more like a fish out of water trying to do that...

I had the velocity, but the form and the placement...just terrible...baseball pitching and the associated muscle memory just ruins you as a cricket bowler...
 
2013-02-06 12:24:56 PM

NkThrasher: But on the other hand, we can describe baseball in similar abstract terms and have it sound silly.


Well, all sports are silly if you describe the actual action.
 
2013-02-06 12:28:04 PM

Decillion: Cricket is the most complex human creation. There's no way to fully understand what's happening at any given moment.


Cricket's easy.

See, you have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

See?
 
2013-02-06 12:32:20 PM

Ishkur: Decillion: Cricket is the most complex human creation. There's no way to fully understand what's happening at any given moment.

Cricket's easy.

See, you have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

See?


I'm starting to get the hang of this game: the blurns are loaded, the count's 3 blurns and 2 anti-blurns, and the infield blurn rule is in effect!
 
2013-02-06 12:37:16 PM
 
2013-02-06 12:58:50 PM
Added difficulty - if he even bumped any part of the short boundary marker after he caught it and landed, it would have counted as a 6 (home run).  Very impressive.
 
2013-02-06 01:01:23 PM
I didn't understand Cricket until I went to Australia and had it explained. 

This is about the most basic I can make it..."They play a weird form of baseball with 10 outs per inning, and 4 innings to play. Runs are scored by hitting and running, but there is no direct play made on the batter himself but rather the wicket they 'protect' when swinging and so on. Outs come from catching and good bowling."

Detailed Description:
Runs:

They play on a giant round field. If a batter hits it out of the ring it's 6 runs. If it rolls or bounces out, I believe it's only 4.
Otherwise, all other hits within the 'boundary', runs are based on how fast the two runners can run back and forth between the wickets, while running they must touch the other side of the 'popping line' with their bats.

'Outs':
Behind the batter there is a 'wicket' which has a few loose wooden dowels on them called 'bails' and if one of the bails falls (even after hitting the batter) then they are 'given out' (like a strike in baseball)
Runners while running who are not past the 'popping' line in front of the wicket whom have a bail knocked off from an throw by a fielder. So, basically say you get a hit and you are running back and forth, the fielders then try and hit the wicket itself, not the player, no tag etc. The popping line is a line that is in front of the wicket and a batter must stand behind it when hitting or waiting to run.
Catching the ball in the field after a hit
There is a 'catcher' behind each wicket, and if you say, step outside of the batters box on a miss, he can catch it, hit the wicket when you are recovering and you are 'given out'
Getting hit by the ball if it looks like it would have hit a wicket, field obstruction, double hitting, batter hits a wicket accidentally dislodging a bail, batter catches/manipulates the ball with his non-batting hand, all result in an out
Once a batter is out, the ball is dead but you can still get the other one out too.

Overs / Changing Batters:
Without getting an out, if a batter either misses and the ball doesn't hit a bail or doesn't swing and it doesn't hit a bail, this is called an Over. After 6 of these the batter/throwers are changed. Anyone in the field can bowl, but the bowler then addresses the current non-batting batter as the next batter to hit. these are not outs.

Other stuff:
Innings and length of the game are pre-decided and can be up to 5 days long at 6 hours a day! This is the most complicated part, is the scoring and the pace of the game. Each team should get two innings per day, but sometimes there is a version played where it's only 1 day long, and only essentially 4 innings. 

An inning ends when all 10 batters have batted, or the captain decides to end the inning which is a strategy sometimes...but don't ask why as it's complicated. 

Once you get into it, it really is an exciting game. Very high scoring and lots of action.
 
2013-02-06 01:01:39 PM

NkThrasher: But on the other hand, we can describe baseball in similar abstract terms and have it sound silly.

Get the ball away from home plate by hitting it.  Run around in a circle to score.  Don't miss the ball too many times, unless you didn't try to hit it, then it's sometimes okay.


For some reason, this reminds me of the old George Carlin bit about the differences between baseball and football.
 
2013-02-06 01:06:01 PM

astroman05: Added difficulty - if he even bumped any part of the short boundary marker after he caught it and landed, it would have counted as a 6 (home run).  Very impressive.


Not a four? He would have touched the ground short of the boundary the way he landed. If he then touched the boundary (while still holding or touching the ball), that'd be a four, I thought.

If he caught it on the jump and landed  outside the boundary, six for sure.
 
2013-02-06 01:29:04 PM
Will those of you who are playing in the match this afternoon move your clothes down onto the lower peg immediately after lunch, before you write your letter home, if you're not getting your hair cut, unless you've got a younger brother who is going out this weekend as the guest of another boy, in which case, collect his note before lunch, put it in your letter after you've had your hair cut, and make sure he moves your clothes down onto the lower peg for you.
 
2013-02-06 01:38:52 PM

unyon: Struck ball. Indian rubber ball. One hand. No glove. Let's give it a shot, I'll hit a few at you and see if you care to revise your opinion.


Indian rubber being a metaphor for cork encased in leather.
 
2013-02-06 01:43:41 PM

aaronx: Not a four? He would have touched the ground short of the boundary the way he landed. If he then touched the boundary (while still holding or touching the ball), that'd be a four, I thought.


No, that's still six. Law 19.4 says
The act of making the catch, or of fielding the ball, shall start from the time when the ball first comes into contact with some part of a fielder's person and shall end when a fielder obtains complete control both over the ball and over his own movement and has no part of his person touching or grounded beyond the boundary.
And Law 19.5 says
The ball shall be regarded as pitching beyond the boundary and 6 runs shall be scored if a fielder (i) has any part of his person touching the boundary or grounded beyond the boundary when he catches the ball.
(ii) catches the ball and subsequently touches the boundary or grounds some part of his person beyond the boundary while carrying the ball but before completing the catch.
 
2013-02-06 01:45:55 PM

Coach_J: ..because while it's impressive, to a baseball player, it's not that big of a deal.


Really?  Because you see baseball commentators shoot their wad over any infielder who makes even the most mundane pick-up-and-throw with their bare hand, like catching a ball without a glove the size of a frying pan is some kind of Jedi skill.
 
2013-02-06 02:20:28 PM
So he held the score to only 736-3 instead of 984-3?

Was Cricket invented by somebody who thought baseball wasn't complicated enough?
 
2013-02-06 02:24:51 PM

LesserEvil: So he held the score to only 736-3 instead of 984-3?

Was Cricket invented by somebody who thought baseball wasn't complicated enough?


I don't think you understand what that "-3" represents
 
2013-02-06 02:30:49 PM

gwowen: unyon: Struck ball. Indian rubber ball. One hand. No glove. Let's give it a shot, I'll hit a few at you and see if you care to revise your opinion.

Indian rubber being a metaphor for cork encased in leather.


Cricket ball - cork centre tightly wrapped in string with a leather cover.

Baseball - cork or rubber centre tightly wrapped in string with a leather cover.

Both are just as hard as each over
 
2013-02-06 02:48:08 PM

gwowen: Coach_J: ..because while it's impressive, to a baseball player, it's not that big of a deal.

Really?  Because you see baseball commentators shoot their wad over any infielder who makes even the most mundane pick-up-and-throw with their bare hand, like catching a ball without a glove the size of a frying pan is some kind of Jedi skill.


To a commentator who's job is to fake enthusiasm....sure...but to a player, it's a good catch, but nothing crazy.
 
2013-02-06 02:57:37 PM

phimuskapsi: Innings and length of the game are pre-decided and can be up to 5 days long at 6 hours a day!


And people say baseball is a snooze.
 
2013-02-06 03:18:01 PM

stickymichael: Oblig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gm8wIEhoRw


You just linked to a youtube of someone pointing a camera at a TV. Go sit in the corner and think about what you've done; you can come back and apologize tomorrow.
 
2013-02-06 03:45:10 PM

aaronx: astroman05: Added difficulty - if he even bumped any part of the short boundary marker after he caught it and landed, it would have counted as a 6 (home run).  Very impressive.

Not a four? He would have touched the ground short of the boundary the way he landed. If he then touched the boundary (while still holding or touching the ball), that'd be a four, I thought.

If he caught it on the jump and landed  outside the boundary, six for sure.


If he would have landed on the boundary it would have counted as a six. If he touched the ground short of the boundary it's just an out.

By the way, I still love the class of cricket. All the Aussie fans giving him a standing ovation for a great catch even though it was against Oz. Hard to find that in any other sport.
 
2013-02-06 03:47:21 PM
that was sensational
 
2013-02-06 04:10:36 PM
I'm gonna go ahead and guess that's Kieron Pollard from last night. Great fielder, but damn some runs would have been nice.

How about THIS CATCH?
/farkin' Aussies
//farkin' Windies
///fark
 
2013-02-06 04:11:11 PM
farkin' fark format
 
2013-02-06 06:27:48 PM
Hips and nips!

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2013-02-06 06:35:33 PM
how has no one mentioned that creepy c-3po thing! WTF was that about?
 
2013-02-06 06:59:04 PM
I love me some cricket!  And yes, it does take some explaining and you do have to watch a match or two to get the hang of it all.
 
2013-02-06 07:05:41 PM
www.sport50.com
 
2013-02-06 07:56:45 PM

skinbubble: I love me some cricket!  And yes, it does take some explaining and you do have to watch a match or two to get the hang of it all.


THIS. I'd rather not explain it. Honestly, if someone wants to learn, watch a match and you'll pick it up pretty quickly.
 
2013-02-06 08:03:50 PM
Have to say, this is one of my favorite catches of all time, just because how close Boony was to the batsman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHbVTN5Jq1w
 
2013-02-06 08:29:03 PM

TonnageVT: Have to say, this is one of my favorite catches of all time, just because how close Boony was to the batsman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHbVTN5Jq1w


Personally, I'm a fan of this Boony catch.*
Feel free to compare baseball fielding with cricket fielding now.

*I'm sure you already know which catch this one is
 
2013-02-06 08:52:56 PM

SJKebab: TonnageVT: Have to say, this is one of my favorite catches of all time, just because how close Boony was to the batsman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHbVTN5Jq1w

Personally, I'm a fan of this Boony catch.*
Feel free to compare baseball fielding with cricket fielding now.

*I'm sure you already know which catch this one is


I saw Shane Warne and knew exactly which one it was...

There was one I can't find, where he was in that similar off-leg position, and it flipped of one hand and he caught it with the other. The amazing part was the ball was hit at such force that the fact that he caught it bare hand (almost fingers) was amazing.
 
2013-02-06 08:59:39 PM

gwowen: Coach_J: ..because while it's impressive, to a baseball player, it's not that big of a deal.

Really?  Because you see baseball commentators shoot their wad over any infielder who makes even the most mundane pick-up-and-throw with their bare hand, like catching a ball without a glove the size of a frying pan is some kind of Jedi skill.


This.
 
2013-02-06 09:50:53 PM

gwowen: Coach_J: ..because while it's impressive, to a baseball player, it's not that big of a deal.

Really?  Because you see baseball commentators shoot their wad over any infielder who makes even the most mundane pick-up-and-throw with their bare hand, like catching a ball without a glove the size of a frying pan is some kind of Jedi skill.


Because cricket commentators never blow their load over silly, minor things.
 
2013-02-07 12:25:00 AM

astroman05: Added difficulty - if he even bumped any part of the short boundary marker after he caught it and landed, it would have counted as a 6 (home run).  Very impressive.


Yep, that was perhaps the most impressive part. You could that he was worried about where he would come down as soon as he caught it--he was looking over his shoulder to check where the boundary rope was. Very impressive, very athletic. And he's a big lad, so it made it that much harder for him to avoid the rope.
 
2013-02-07 12:43:35 AM
Obligatory:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/mv-k53R/fantastic_mr_fox_film_how_to_p la y_whack_bat/
(first 0:30)

/I'm the first?
//Fark is slipping
 
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