Strauss being conspicuously indifferent to Strauss’s selection ahead of Owais Shah for England’s final warm-up match before the first Test against New Zealand

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It’s been a while since we received a picture of an animal being conspicuously indifferent to cricket – TOO LONG, in fact. There are a whole host of animals who have not yet expressed their indifference to this great game. We’ve never had a wholphin. We’ve never had a liger. Our inbox is always open.

Lemon Bella says:

“This is a picture of StraussCat being conspicuously indifferent when I told him that Strauss had been picked ahead of Shah.”

Dear namesake, have no real opinion about you, love Strauss

“As you can see, he put a lot of effort into showing exactly how much he didn’t care about this news.”

More animals being conspicuously indifferent to cricket


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  1. The rest of the cat would probably be showing more signs of rage if that were the case. Yawning.

  2. Wow, I did not know that! I’ve learnt something new today!

    I reckon it’s because they’re lacking the specialized larynx and hyoid apparatus of Panthera

    but i might be wrong….

  3. See, this site is educational as well as… whatever else it is.

    I can confirm that StraussCat is yawning. He only roars when i won’t get up to feed him.

  4. Not wishing to slander your cat Lemon Bella, but StraussCat seems to have rather mucky paws. Where has he been sticking them?

  5. I got the “puma cannot roar” fact from this picture of a wistful puma at the Wildlife Photographer exhibition (it’s in the 10-year-old and under category, which is depressing because it kicks any picture I’ve ever taken – ANY picture – firmly to the kerb).

  6. Another opportunity to use the phrase ‘knocked into a cocked hat’ goes begging.

    Our favourite phrase. We use it even when it’s not applicable.

    No, we use it ESPECIALLY when it’s not applicable.

  7. Sorry, what I should have said was “it knocks any picture I’ve ever taken – ANY picture – firmly into a cocked hat”.

    The wistful puma was the runner up in that category. The winning picture features monkeys, which reminds me of one of my favourite New Yorker cartoons – 2 little boys, talking to each other in the corridor at school, one says to the other “there’s a lot of pressure to like monkeys”.

  8. A little history, on the etymology of the phrase, for any non-english readers!

    Firstly, In the game of nine-pins, three pins were set up in the form of a triangle, and when all the pins except these three were knocked down, the set was technically said to be “knocked into a cocked hat.”

    Secondly, the game was named after a three-cornered hat with the brim turned up (i.e. cocked) worn in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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