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A toss (via ICC video)

It’s an intimidating thought.

We’ve written a ‘how to avoid Big Cricket Match burnout’ kind of thing for Cricket 365. Read it, learn, become a more rounded human being.


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


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  1. Very amusing article, KC. It made me smile out loud. I commend it to all KC-istas.

    Strangely, I have just written up my 1979 World Cup Final experience which took “Big Cricket Match Burnout avoidance” to an illogical extreme:


    Please note how, like in Greek tragedy, all the interesting action is taking place offstage – not least on the (as yet unscanned) diary page before and the diary page after.

    1. Is ‘smile out loud’ one of the voting options at the bottom? Should be. It’s what we strive for.

  2. I’m meeting up with Dave ‘Sooty’ Sadler on the first day of the Test at Lord’s. He sweeps my chimneys, but more importantly he was the Head Groundsman at Fenner’s and has some great stories. Looking forward to it. I’m aware that having more than one chimney makes it sound like I’m gentry and I can only rely on Ged to say that I’m not.

    1. I don’t think I know anyone else who has a house with more than one chimney.

      I don’t think I know anyone else who might be described as gentry, other than some of the MCC people I occasionally come across at Lord’s.

      I occasionally come across Edwardian at Lord’s.

      Edwardian might be gentry.

  3. I remember a while back there was a discussion of the way in which advertisements (Russian brides come to mind) intrude upon the sage writings herein when viewed on a mobile device rather than (my usual option) a computer.

    Today I strayed into this territory and my eyes have been opened. Quite wide, actually.

    Right between the ‘intimidating thought’ and the next bit, I have been presented with an opportunity to buy ‘umbrellas built to endure’. Consider that in the context of a whole bloody ashes. Sounds a bit fishy to me.

    But moving on. Following your second and final paragraph, my algorithmic friends respond with a suggestion to Shop Now for what I believe is known as ‘activewear’ with a photograph of two young women sporting cutaway tops and a caption of #NoBraNeeded. I would share a screenshot, but it doesn’t seem to be part of royal protocol.

    More rounded human beings indeed.

  4. Oh great, Jimmy’s just had to hobble off while someone else completes his over… possible achilles injury.

    There was also a scare over Keaton Jennings, so I hear; apparently there were concerns he might be fit for the Ashes etc etc

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