James Taylor is busy

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Busy being described as ‘busy’ mostly. The word’s very quickly become a Taylor cliché and today it was used on Sky as early as his first ball – at which point he’d mostly been busy waiting.

What does ‘busy’ mean? As far as we can tell, it means the player in question scores runs without being reliant on a disproportionate number of boundaries or freaky improvised shots. It’s what used to be called ‘being good at batting’.

James Taylor is good at batting. He’s a good-at-batting cricketer. His unique, stand-out quality is apparently that he’s good at batting. Maybe if he could find a way of changing ethnicity, people might start suggesting that he was ‘wristy‘ instead.


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  1. To be fair, there’s also Alastair Cook-style good batting, which is about as “busy” as a barn door; or Eoin Morgan-style good batting, which is about as “busy” as an exploding airfield.

    Looking further afield, we’ve got Misbah-ul-Haq, who combines both extremes; and AB de Villiers, who would be the exploding airfield kind, only it’s a controlled explosion that somehow results in the planes being turned into Haribo fizzy cola bottles.

  2. Yes, I think I get the ethnic stereotyping idea:

    James Taylor – busy
    Jamshed al Tahir – wristy
    Jackson Taylor – calypso
    Josh Ros Taylor – nuggety
    Jermain Taylor – punchy…

    1. Josh Ros – SA or Kiwi? I’d have thought Jermain was NZ too, but for the adjective (which brings to mind David Warner).

  3. Meh. Bring back players (Who Cannot Be Named) who score disproportionate numbers of boundaries and play freaky improvised shots, s’wot I say.

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