Kyle Abbott, ones and zeros

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As the old joke goes, there are only 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand binary and those that don’t. It’s not the best binary code joke in that it’s an actual joke and makes actual sense. We much prefer it when the punchline’s the bit in binary code.

We’ve no idea whether Kyle Abbott’s a binary code aficionado, but he does seem to shape his cricket around ones and zeros. Today he bowled 27 balls to Murali Vijay. Two were ones and the other 25 were zeros. His bowling followed a similar pattern against the other batsmen – although Pujara, Saha, Jadeja and Ashwin didn’t actually manage anything as big as a one between them.

Abbott’s Test career as a whole contains its fair share of ones as well. One Test against Pakistan, one Test against Australia, one Test against the West Indies and if it weren’t for a cameo in the rain-affected Bangalore match, this would be his one Test against India.

Late in the day, perhaps as some sort of reward to himself for all his hard work, Kyle Abbott treated himself to a two. By dismissing Ravindra Jadeja, his second wicket, he ventured into a whole new realm of mathematics where anything is possible.

He wasn’t the only one to realise the incredible possibilities on offer either. Ajinkya Rahane made a fifty. An actual fifty. I shit you not. A batsman in this India v South Africa series actually got to raise his bat.

Not only that, but he’s now on 89 not out. Perhaps he could make a hundred – or 1100100 as Kyle Abbott would no doubt have it.


  1. There are only 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand ternary, those that don’t, and those that do but sometimes confuse it for binary.

  2. KC is (as is the game of cricket) a whimsical place for philosophical types, safely tucked away from the harsh realities of a binary run world – until tonight!

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