Due a big score, due a hundred

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We’ve written about batsmen being ‘due’ a score before. The idea is that if a batsman isn’t scoring any runs, he’s actually stockpiling them for a future innings.

The idea seems to be that every batsman has a quota of runs that he can allocate as he chooses. A terrible run of scores is a sign of a sensible batsman investing runs for a later date and is therefore a good thing.

It’s balls, obviously – balls that have been in Michael Clarke’s mouth:

“Hopefully I have saved a few runs for Adelaide.”

Don’t use them yet, Michael. Save them for Sydney, or better yet, Christchurch or Kolkata.


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  1. He’ll need to get momentum started in Adelaide, then the balls in his mouth can really get to work.

  2. Hussey used his all of a rush when he first came into the Australia team.

    He’s been on extreme rationing since then, until he blew a load more on a flat deck in the first Test.

  3. So if I get this right, Hussey, Haddin, Strauss, Cook and Trott should be dropped for the next match, having used up way too many runs in Brisbane. They need some time to recharge their run stockpile, like recharging health and energy in one of those shooter games. I assume that they are looking for a box on a wall somewhere, with RUNS written on it in scrawly text. In my experience, they’ll be out of the way somewhere not obvious, behind some exploding barrels.

  4. Bert, you just reminded me of Max Payne 1. Ah, memories. Games may come and games may go, but that one lives on for ever.

  5. Having failed to hit the ground running I don’t see how he can regain the momentum required to execute the sort of skill set that might allow him to score his store of runs,

  6. Punter has not hit the ground running, despite building momentum in the second inning at Brisbane. He must be saving runs up at an alarming rate.

  7. 2-3. F me.

    I was wondering where everyone was, then I realised I was posting in the wrong thread like a tw*t.

  8. Morning Dan. Nice start. Safe to say England have the Momentum here. If we can hit the ground running a couple more times before lunch we’ll be laughing.

  9. In his article on the BBC today, Aggers said that england needed to hit the ground running, yet needed to keep their feet firmly on the ground. Is that even possible?

  10. I think battered the ground at a gallop is more appropriate. We’ve definitely got the momentum here – but we’re well aware of the mercurial nature of momentum. It can switch at any moment.

  11. You would need to be an exceptional athlete Price, but we can all agree that England have hit the ground running, and from looking at the players on the outfield they do seem to have their feet on the ground. I cannot speculate on the firmness of that contact though.

  12. So Australia have now reached 14-3. I’m beginning to fear that they’ve gained the momentum.

  13. Yep. definite momentum shift. Calls for an extended spell of hitting the right areas to wrestle it back. And a new packet of hobnobs to give me the momentum to watch it happen.

  14. I think my momentum may have petered out with my supply of beer. I’m afraid I’m going to have to Johnson myself,

  15. as:
    momentum = mass x velocity
    Therefore the faster you hit the ground running, the more momentum you have.
    Also a given mass will have a critical velocity – a velocity they can’t exceed during free-fall.
    So perhaps, England had been in free fall for a while (so as to reach critical velocity) and finally hit the ground running this morning.
    However, time will tell if they have the mass to maintain said momentum.

  16. If they picked Bresnan their mass would increase and therefore their potential momentum, or would wind drag negate his effect?

    Either way a cracking day of cricket.

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