A picture of a massive cricket bat

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Michael sent us this:

Look at that massive cricket bat - it's massive

Can you imagine the excitement? A bat that massive and seemingly no fielders – cricket doesn’t get any better than that.

Scores would be massive! There’d be boundaries every ball!

As we understand it, this is what The People want.

We need to brand this form of cricket immediately. What shall we call it?

Update: This has reminded The Times’ Patrick Kidd of The Monster Bat Incident of 1771.


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  1. And wicket keepers who do impressions of string puppets. That’s what the public wants as well.

  2. Give the man a two foot wide bat and he still manages to leave that massive gap between bat and (conspicuous lack of) pad? I’d have been doing laps around the rec if I got caught playing forward like that.

    To be fair, he’s just finished his shift on the gondola and is batting with the end of his oar to save the game, so you’ve got to give him credit for that.

  3. __
    Roach to Sibanda, OUT, Smoking guns! Roach literally and otherwise breaks through the defences of the batsman. The bat is broken in two, the off bail has fallen off and Sibanda has to go. A bizarre end to an innings that was for most part, bizarre.

    that’s pretty cool. and that’s how you solve the monster bat problem. why did this not ever happen to Hayden?

  4. I was just thinking that the batsman was leaving a frightfully big gap between bat and pad considering the size of the bat.

    Then I realised that the batsman isn’t wearing pads.

    But the keeper is wearing pads.

    The world has gone mad. I can’t cope with this. Who could?

  5. Where the hell was this taken? Certainly nowhere in this green and pleasant land. SA? Oz? Kiwiland? India?
    The houses look antipodean but then there’s that grass hut looking thing behind and between two of the houses….

    This chap obviously thought The Dons’ boyhood training with a cricket stump and golfball could only be bettered by going the other way.

  6. This is more likely a reconstruction of the 1771 incident to demonstrate the size of the bat rather than it actually being used in a cricket match at the time as the bat regulations where in place by the 19th century.

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