We only ask because they’re hitting the ground running with alarming frequency.
After Ben Hilfenhaus looked forward to a sprint landing last week, some of you questioned our assertion that cricketers no longer know what ‘hit the ground running’ means.
Well, consider this new evidence. England’s captain’s had a go now. Apparently England hit the ground running on the third day of their recent three-day match against Western Australia.
“At the start of play it was looking a tough ask to force a result. We could have gone through the motions, but we came in and hit the ground running.”
So England are on terra firma now, are they? No. Strauss continues:
“We’ve learned a few lessons here at the WACA, and I think we all hope we’ll take that into Adelaide and hit the ground running there as well.”
Having clambered into our DeLorean, we can reveal that this time next year professional cricketers will be using the phrase ‘hit the ground running’ when they simply mean ‘play well’.
“We hit the ground running in about the 38th over after an early collapse” – Andrew Strauss, December 2011