In a surreality up there with Lara playing for Cornwall or Warne playing for Karori, Christian Ryan writes about when Abdul Qadir played Melbourne club cricket for Carlton.
IT HAPPENED, like many of the best ideas, after a long and jolly
lunch. The Carlton Cricket and Football Social Club was the setting. Big
Jack Elliott, football club president and one-time prime ministerial
aspirant, glared at the cricket club vice-president and barked: "Why
can't you bastards win like us?"
"Well," said Craig Cook, "we've lost a little bit of flair. We really need a big-name player."
Big Jack barked again. "You get the player and we'll pay for it."
Wisden editor Lawrence Booth looks at press box etiquette, and confesses to breaking the 'no celebrations' protocol.
Then it happened.
With the total on 24, Lara slashed Caddick to point, where Dominic
Cork clung on, before hurling the ball high into the air in a moment of
release that spread instantly around Lord’s. Up in the media centre, I
may have picked up the vibe. I leapt from my seat.
Hello. My name is Lawrence Booth. I am 25 (or I was). And I leap from seats.
One of the weirder moments from the ODI series v England - Tim Bresnan's slow, looping 'bouncer' that was harder to catch up with than it looked.
In a follow-up to Thommo at lunch, The Old Batsman asks 'Are fast bowlers getting slower?'
The last ten years have seen a revolution in batting technique, the last
twenty have spanned the careers of men who hold almost every
international record. Batting is hurtling forwards into its new era. On
the shoulders of giants like Warne, Murali and Kumble, spin bowling is
ferociously inventive and utterly relevant. And as for fielding...
well... But quick bowling?
This Reddit discussion
asks which players from the past do you wish had played Twenty20? Chris
Cairns (who *did* play Twenty20 toward the end of his career) and
Nathan Astle get a mention, as well as:
Viv Richards: I have seen some of his innings but more importantly, I have heard a
lot about him from so many world class bowlers about they being afraid
of him and his shots were exquisite and brutal. I wish Viv would have
Wasim Akram: One of the most cunning left arm bowlers I have ever seen in my life,
Wasim Akram's intelligence in this form of the game would have been a
treat to watch. With his outswingers, inswingers, round the wicket, over
the wicket, bouncers, slower balls and god knows what what, he would
have the bowler I would have looked out for.