James Taylor is busy

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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6 Appeals

  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…

  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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