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Does anyone care about cricket here?

Lately I've been really into the sport of cricket. In fact, I knew absolutely nothing about it and picked up the "Cricket for Dummies" book at work one day. I read a little here and there while on breaks and finished a couple months ago. It's a pretty interesting game. Later I had to do a project for class and decided to use cricket as my topic (got a 100 on it too!). So I started watching matches and highlights on the internet and have gone back to the book for more clarification.

A couple years ago they came up with a new limited overs (don't worry about it because I know nobody knows what I'm talking about) form of cricket called Twenty20 in which the matches only take 3-5 hours instead of 3-5 days like Test cricket. It's better for regular fans who can take a couple hours to watch a match, but not a couple days off work to watch a match. Anyhow, it's pretty good.

Now I want to go to England or India or Australia so I can catch a match or two before I die. Interesting that in each of those places Hyundais are gaining popularity as well.

I figure this is a long shot, but any other cricket fans here?



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Some Pakistani guys taught me and my friends cricket at a tennis court once. It was a pretty fun game. A little slow at times, but still fun.
 

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Well, besides there being someone who throws a ball at someone that has a stick who is trying to hit the ball, it's pretty different.

Test matches last 3-5 days for a couple of reasons. Each team has two innings to bat and each innings (yes, innings is singular and plural) isn't limited to a certain amount of overs (an over is six deliveries from the bowler to the batsmen). In order for the innings to end the batting side has to go all out (meaning 10 of the 11 teammates have been dismissed). When a batsmen strikes the ball he and his partner (two batsmen on the field at one time) aren't required to run, so there isn't always a chance for a dismissal. Combine all of that with the fact that they take a break for lunch, a break for tea, then a short drink break, and they don't play when the sun starts to go down.

Twenty20 (and traditional one day cricket matches) cricket gives each team just one innings to bat in which there are only 20 overs bowled (or until a team is all out). In addition, they have some fielding requirements that allow for more run scoring oppurtunities. All of this makes the games a lot faster paced and more exciting. They also wear what can be considered team jerseys unlike the mostly all white attire during Test matches.



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I used to play cricket for my school but that was because they did not have enough people. If my memory doesn't fail me, the number of overs is fixed. At least in school, we have only 25 overs. Either you finish the number of overs or all batters are out, that is when the inning is over. But I tried to watch a cricket match on TV, I just watch the first 15 minutes, then slept thru the entire game, waking up in time to watch the final 15 minutes.
 

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Up for a spot of tea at the wickets, good chap??
 

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i have nothing to add to this thread....but this guy looks intense
 

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I listen to the cricket on the radio in my truck at work. Mainly cause I`m sure the commentators get slightly loaded at lunch and take the piss outa each other.


It`s the only game you can play for a week and end in a draw.

Oh, and we ( Au ) kick everyone`s arse at it pretty much.
 
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