March 30, 2015

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183: Loving the 93,000-strong support the Aussies made short work of their neighbors to win the Cricket World Cup for the fifth time yesterday. The Kiwis had a difficult start, losing three wickets early but then had a run to 150 when disaster hit and they lost three more for almost no runs. The home side had a terrific innings from captain Michael Clarke and (his replacement as captain?) Steve Smith, needing only five batsmen to run down the win. There were, of course, a few afters ;)

posted by billsaysthis to other at 02:33 AM - 9 comments

Pretty enjoyable for me to be able to watch the semis and the finals live while I'm down here.

posted by billsaysthis at 02:33 AM on March 30, 2015

And a more sober assessment.

posted by owlhouse at 04:41 AM on March 30, 2015

Help this North American figure out what is going on in the article:

"Sending off" usually means a batter has been bowled/run/caught out. What is it that the Aussies were doing that was controversial?

"Sledging"? Can I get a quick definition for that?

posted by grum@work at 09:52 AM on March 30, 2015

"Sending Off" - offering helpful tips to the batsman as he walks back to the dressing rooms after getting out. "Sledging" - pithy observations on the technical ability, off-field habits and ancestors of opposition players.

posted by deflated at 10:57 AM on March 30, 2015

List of best sledges.

Sending off. Like a pitcher who has just struck out a batter in baseball, cricket has an unwritten rule that the fielding side doesn't mock a fellow who has just got out.

Unless they're Kiwis, then they deserve it.

posted by owlhouse at 08:57 PM on March 30, 2015

For sure fun to watch.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:51 AM on March 31, 2015

"Sledging"? Can I get a quick definition for that?

Pleased to say I totally knew what that was. Because it had been a discussion point on last week's The Bugle as Andy was deeply depressed by England's performance.

posted by yerfatma at 08:25 AM on March 31, 2015

18. Rod Marsh & Ian Botham.
In an Ashes match Botham arrived at the wicket to a bit of cheek from the Aussie keeper.
Marsh : "So how's your wife and my kid's?".
Botham: "Wife's fine. Kid's are retarded".

Probably apocryphal, as I've heard that used in movies before, but still awesome.

posted by grum@work at 08:39 AM on March 31, 2015

Disappointed the list of sledges doesn't have the Eddo Brandes classic.

Outside of Jimmy Ormond's best moment international cricket, Mark Waugh also suffered another good one.

I don't remember who it was, but after a bowler beat Mark's outside edge with six straight deliveries, he turned to the Umpire at Square Leg and said, loud enough for Mark to hear, "Clearly he's the adopted one."

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:23 AM on March 31, 2015

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