Burt Cockley – possible new inexplicable obsession

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It’s well hard to get to play for one of the IPL teams. Look at all the disappointed Englishmen for proof of that.

But wait. What’s this? Burt Cockley’s been signed by Kings XI Punjab? Who the hell is Burt Cockley?

Burt Cockley’s an Aussie fast bowler. He hasn’t actually played a Twenty20 match yet, but that doesn’t bother Kings XI Punjab. They’ve signed him on the basis of his eight first-class matches and his three one-day matches for New South Wales.

Actually, Kings XI Punjab coach, Tom Moody, has signed Cockley because he’s dead quick, which is a good reason to like him. His name’s a good reason to like him too. You don’t get enough Burts these days. You don’t get enough Cockleys these days.


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  1. Now, now, steady on. I fear that this is going to turn into an excercise in Burt / Bert bashing. I would remind you of some things:

    In the 1950s and 60s, the name was associated with style, spohistication, toughness and well-shaven upper lips.

    In the 1970s, the name was associated with style, spohistication, toughness, and moustaches.

    In the 1980s, the name was associated with style, sophistication, toughness, and liquorice allsorts.

    Burt is short for Burton (no, really). Bert is short for, er, Bertminator.

    If anything, Burt is the upmarket cousin of Bert, so you can rest assured that I take anything you say on the subject of the name as a personal affront.

    By the way, this Cockley fellow, doesn’t he have a stupid surname. It’s like, cock.

  2. Cockley took a bag against VIctoria and suddenly everyone in the IPL wanted him. Bastard.

    He was also the first cricketer to say, yeah i really wanna play in the ipl, it might help me get more games for NSWales.

  3. I am going to have to support Burt as he comes from Newcastle – not the proper one of course – but a town in Aus I have been drunk in.

    Plus the pic in cricinfo is clearly not a picture of the real Burt but an Action Man facsmile – bet those are Eagle Eyes too

  4. It sounds like an adverb; in particular one used by a teacher with which to admonish you.

    For example:

    “You’ve been far too burtcockley for your own good lately, Ged Ladd. You’re in detention.”

  5. all right all you wannbes beware for that was my baby bros pic hes tall hes fast hes georgous and hes ready to bowl the crap out of any dick who stands in front of him with a bat try your luck poms cause hes got more talent in his big toe than any of you wannabes

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