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(BBC)   Tomorrow is the first day of The Ashes, one of the oldest and fiercest sporting contests in the world. For Americans and other baffled non-cricket fans, here's a quick primer   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 52
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2013-07-09 07:07:00 AM
The World's Biggest Competition --- for the World's Tiniest Trophy
 
2013-07-09 07:12:19 AM
Should be a great summer. All the pundits have been going on about how badly in disarray the Aussies are, but that could be just what they want us to think

I think England will win, but it'll be closer than people think. On paper, England have the better batting attack, but it's not exactly in the best of form and the Aussies' bowling has improved hugely recently. Now if only they had a decent spinner...
 
2013-07-09 07:19:14 AM

ThunderChild: I think England will win


Australia could play USA right now and the odds would be shyte.

/Oz
 
2013-07-09 07:25:53 AM
ECB kindly reminds those of you traveling to Trent Bridge, please don't bring any wine or beer bottles...because England doesn't have any openers!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-09 07:27:20 AM

Bob Down: ThunderChild: I think England will win

Australia could play USA right now and the odds would be shyte.

/Oz


I wouldn't go that far, I'm sure Australia could beat say, Zimbabwa or maybe Bangladesh.

He bowls to the left
He bowls to the right
That Mitchell Johnson
His bowling is shiate

/get the beers in the fridge
//slap on the sun cream
///print out the Boycot Bingo cards
 
2013-07-09 07:32:23 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-09 07:34:45 AM
It's all so clear now.
 
2013-07-09 07:49:20 AM
Eddies in the space-time continuum.
 
2013-07-09 07:50:35 AM
But Botham, batting at number seven, scored a scintillating, unbeaten 149 from 148 balls to help set Australia 130 to win the match. Kim Hughes's men were still expected to triumph - but Bob Willis took eight wickets for 43 runs and they were all out for 111.

lolwut
 
2013-07-09 08:02:37 AM
I Feel Like A Bad Englishman For Saying This, But I Just Don't Get Cricket.
 
2013-07-09 08:03:17 AM

MisterLoki: Eddies in the space-time continuum.


And This Is His Sofa?
 
2013-07-09 08:03:31 AM
I think it's funny that when the batsman hits the ball (or whatever you guys call it) out of the park, they get an automatic score increase of 6 runs, the same # of points you get in football for a touchdown (not including the conversion).

TMYK, or something
 
2013-07-09 08:05:26 AM

veedeevadeevoodee: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 300x384]


Damn straight.  More boring than baseball and AS boring as golf.  Put on any of the three if you want to take a nap.

/football season soon
//assuming the entire NFL isn't in jail...
 
2013-07-09 08:05:37 AM
Also, cricket uses teams of 11 players.  The fielding team has 11 people out on the field, much like gridiron football uses 11 players.
 
2013-07-09 08:19:21 AM
For those of you (mainly our American friends) who don't understand cricket, allow me to provide some advice:

Don't think of it as a sport. Think of it instead as an elaborate social ritual which has evolved for the purpose of giving people a socially acceptable excuse to get out of work in order to spend 5 days sitting in a park and drinking beer.
 
2013-07-09 08:20:05 AM
Quick primer about Cricket.
 
2013-07-09 08:36:19 AM
Happier days...

blog.thecricketer.com
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-07-09 08:36:25 AM
It's worse than golf.
 
2013-07-09 08:48:19 AM
The Ashes used to be the biggest tournament, but now with Twenty20, there's a lot more demand and support for ICC Twenty20 tournaments.

I believe there's a European qualifier going on right now, winner goes to Dubai for a chance to play in the World Cup in 2016.

/Still love the Ashes though
//Aussie
 
2013-07-09 08:55:59 AM
As a 'murcan who lived in Blighty for a few years, I love cricket.  It's slow death to watch it on TV, but watching it live is very fun.
 
2013-07-09 09:33:44 AM
The bowler's holding... the batsman's Willey!
 
2013-07-09 09:40:15 AM

TonnageVT: Happier days...

[blog.thecricketer.com image 460x272]


You are right, I mean Full Strength Beer! These days it'd be a xxxx gold.
How can you play cricket on lite, low carb beer and without any moustaches in the team.
 
2013-07-09 10:07:05 AM
Although the hosts won the first Test, a match played over five days

And people say baseball is slow.
 
2013-07-09 10:25:21 AM
Fierce?
Subby is a wanker.
 
2013-07-09 10:34:18 AM

tricycleracer: Although the hosts won the first Test, a match played over five days

And people say baseball is slow.


The best part is -- on the third day -- you can tell that the game won't finish in time, and will therefore be declared a draw, but you still have to play all five days anyway, knowing that it won't really matter what happens.

And that's part of the strategy
 
2013-07-09 11:02:25 AM
We should have the World Series winner play one game of baseball and one game of cricket against the winner of this.

Come up with some scoring system where each baseball run = so many cricket runs and you get an aggregate score.

Now that'd be interesting.
 
2013-07-09 11:12:34 AM

Donnchadha: tricycleracer: Although the hosts won the first Test, a match played over five days

And people say baseball is slow.

The best part is -- on the third day -- you can tell that the game won't finish in time, and will therefore be declared a draw, but you still have to play all five days anyway, knowing that it won't really matter what happens.

And that's part of the strategy


No -- the best part is the "Duckworth-Lewis" method that rejiggers the score and figures out who won based on statistics if the game gets rained out or gets called early.

/they added espn3 to my apple tv and it has cricket. Cricket is baseball for people who find baseball too speedy.
 
2013-07-09 11:18:19 AM

Tax Boy: Donnchadha: tricycleracer: Although the hosts won the first Test, a match played over five days

And people say baseball is slow.

The best part is -- on the third day -- you can tell that the game won't finish in time, and will therefore be declared a draw, but you still have to play all five days anyway, knowing that it won't really matter what happens.

And that's part of the strategy

No -- the best part is the "Duckworth-Lewis" method that rejiggers the score and figures out who won based on statistics if the game gets rained out or gets called early.

/they added espn3 to my apple tv and it has cricket. Cricket is baseball for people who find baseball too speedy.


That doesn't apply to test matches though.
 
2013-07-09 11:59:45 AM

calm like a bomb: As a 'murcan who lived in Blighty for a few years, I love cricket.  It's slow death to watch it on TV, but watching it live is very fun.


Test cricket is pretty much a slow death.

One day (50 overs) and Twenty20 reinvigorated cricket.
 
2013-07-09 12:12:01 PM
Hopefully the Krikket Robots don't show up with a cosmic-supernova-bomb.
 
2013-07-09 12:27:58 PM
"Tomorrow is the first day of The Ashes, one of the oldest and fiercest sporting contests in the world. For Americans and other baffled non-cricket fans, here's a quick primer"

Pronounced "Primmer" for some farking reason.

/because england.
 
2013-07-09 12:29:09 PM

Donnchadha: tricycleracer: Although the hosts won the first Test, a match played over five days

And people say baseball is slow.

The best part is -- on the third day -- you can tell that the game won't finish in time, and will therefore be declared a draw, but you still have to play all five days anyway, knowing that it won't really matter what happens.

And that's part of the strategy


Wait, so if a team is batting first and they know they're over-matched, they can just play defensively for their turn at-bat and grind out a draw?
 
2013-07-09 12:31:15 PM

Bob Down: ThunderChild: I think England will win

Australia could play USA right now and the odds would be shyte.

/Oz


We have a cricket team?

abudhabi.usembassy.gov

Fun fact: Only one member of the US Cricket team was born and raised in the US. The rest are immigrants from either the South Asian countries, or the West Indies.

\Now if only we could resurrect Bart King from the dead and then give him a youth potion.
 
2013-07-09 12:33:51 PM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: For those of you (mainly our American friends) who don't understand cricket, allow me to provide some advice:

Don't think of it as a sport. Think of it instead as an elaborate social ritual which has evolved for the purpose of giving people a socially acceptable excuse to get out of work in order to spend 5 days sitting in a park and drinking beer.


You misspelled "gin and tonics", but otherwise spot on.
 
2013-07-09 12:38:20 PM
oh.. i was hoping the primer would be on cricket.  like the game.  not some singular instance within the structure that remains a mystery to all coffee drinking people across the globe.
 
2013-07-09 12:42:25 PM

meanmutton: Donnchadha: tricycleracer: Although the hosts won the first Test, a match played over five days

And people say baseball is slow.

The best part is -- on the third day -- you can tell that the game won't finish in time, and will therefore be declared a draw, but you still have to play all five days anyway, knowing that it won't really matter what happens.

And that's part of the strategy

Wait, so if a team is batting first and they know they're over-matched, they can just play defensively for their turn at-bat and grind out a draw?


Exactly.
 
2013-07-09 12:55:29 PM

deadsanta: "Tomorrow is the first day of The Ashes, one of the oldest and fiercest sporting contests in the world. For Americans and other baffled non-cricket fans, here's a quick primer"

Pronounced "Primmer" for some farking reason.

/because england.


I don't -- as far as I am concerned it is always pronounced with a long "i".
 
2013-07-09 12:58:34 PM
Little known fact - the first ever international cricket match was played in New York in 1844:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_cricket_team_in_the_United_Sta te s_in_1844
 
2013-07-09 01:19:04 PM

ukexpat: deadsanta: "Tomorrow is the first day of The Ashes, one of the oldest and fiercest sporting contests in the world. For Americans and other baffled non-cricket fans, here's a quick primer"

Pronounced "Primmer" for some farking reason.

/because england.

I don't -- as far as I am concerned it is always pronounced with a long "i".


THIS
 
2013-07-09 01:28:01 PM
Being unemployed, I might actually be able to watch the Ashes in its entirety. Where is this usually broadcast (I'm assuming the BBC but I don't think we get the BBC directly on our cable) and/or streamed?
 
2013-07-09 01:30:04 PM

pute kisses like a man: oh.. i was hoping the primer would be on cricket.  like the game.  not some singular instance within the structure that remains a mystery to all coffee drinking people across the globe.


Here you go, from an American of English extraction who has been to exactly two hours of cricket in my life.

First off, I'm assuming you're North American so you have a handle on baseball.  You have two teams of 11 players.  You have two bases, each of which has three sticks sticking up (called wickets) with a little bit of something or other balanced precariously on it (called a bail).  You have two batters, one at each base.  They get to stay up to bat until they're put out (just like in baseball, they can be tagged when away from the base, can be forced out if the ball gets to the base before them, have a ball caught on the fly, or the cricket equivalent of a strike-out: the ball hits the wicket and knocks down the bail).  Once everyone on one team is put out, the other team gets to bat.

They have home runs and ground-rule doubles (but they call them something else) and every time you advance from one base to the next, you score a run.
 
2013-07-09 01:49:23 PM

JayCab: Being unemployed, I might actually be able to watch the Ashes in its entirety. Where is this usually broadcast (I'm assuming the BBC but I don't think we get the BBC directly on our cable) and/or streamed?


Not the BBC, Sky Sports.
 
2013-07-09 01:57:01 PM
Also,

i512.photobucket.com

/obscure?
 
2013-07-09 02:03:11 PM
For cricket fans who don't understand baseball:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKY5fmDGVLs
 
2013-07-09 02:42:45 PM
macadamnut: /obscure?

Not to Hitchcock fans, Charters and Caldicott are ace shots as well.

I like cricket and get the basic rules, but it's this:

Australia 2nd Innings263 for 4 (63.5 overs)

that I find kind of confusing. Anyone care to translate?

/Love baseball
 
2013-07-09 02:49:52 PM
I love how baseball fans, whose World Series can take up to seven days to complete, not counting travel or weather delays, complain about how a cricket Test match takes up to five days.

*clicks*

Holy shiat, The Ashes is five test matches?

Nevermind.

/I like both sports
//Cricket's rules seem less complicated than Baseball's
 
2013-07-09 02:55:59 PM

Henry Holland: I like cricket and get the basic rules, but it's this:

Australia 2nd Innings263 for 4 (63.5 overs)


there are 2 innings in cricket -- each team gets to put all its batters up, and then the other team goes. game over.

they've scored 263 runs with only 4 outs.

each "over" is each bowler pitches 6 balls before switching to the next bowler. so its been 63 bowler-rotations, and the 64th has thrown 5 balls so far.
 
2013-07-09 03:34:30 PM
Just don't bowl a wide. You'll never be able to live with yourself.
 
2013-07-09 04:12:13 PM

meanmutton: pute kisses like a man: oh.. i was hoping the primer would be on cricket.  like the game.  not some singular instance within the structure that remains a mystery to all coffee drinking people across the globe.

Here you go, from an American of English extraction who has been to exactly two hours of cricket in my life.

First off, I'm assuming you're North American so you have a handle on baseball.  You have two teams of 11 players.  You have two bases, each of which has three sticks sticking up (called wickets) with a little bit of something or other balanced precariously on it (called a bail).  You have two batters, one at each base.  They get to stay up to bat until they're put out (just like in baseball, they can be tagged when away from the base, can be forced out if the ball gets to the base before them, have a ball caught on the fly, or the cricket equivalent of a strike-out: the ball hits the wicket and knocks down the bail).  Once everyone on one team is put out, the other team gets to bat.

They have home runs and ground-rule doubles (but they call them something else) and every time you advance from one base to the next, you score a run.


The notable difference is that if you score a hit you do not have to run.
 
2013-07-09 05:29:56 PM
The one thing about cricket is that it requires a fair bit of diversity in skills. Whereas in baseball a fielder pitching is largely a novelty in cricket it's just part of the game since after a certain number of overs new bowlers have to be used beyond the starting two. A good all rounder is pretty much worth his weight in gold, eg the now retired Sanath Jayasuriya.
 
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