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Living like an Australian..

With our last regular season home series in the books this week is all about gearing up for the potential of a home playoff series.  We are currently tied for second place, but only 1.5 games from last place.  While only the top 4 teams make the playoffs, with 4 games left it is do or die.  The team is in Perth, so last night after working on some membership playoff ticket reservations we headed off to THE CRICKET.  I don’t know why but it is referred to as “THE” cricket everytime someone talks about it.

Back when rugby was on I provided a lesson on the different variations of it, and guess what the same goes for cricket!  Cricket is similar to baseball as it is a bat-and-ball game played by two teams of 11 (not 9) players on an oval (not diamond) shaped field. “The pitch” (which is similar to the area between the baseball mound and homeplate) is in the center of the oval and is 22-yards long (similar to the 60′ 6″ in baseball).  The object of the game is to score as many runs as possible while the other team “bowls” (“pitches) and fields trying to dismiss the batter (aka get them out).  A run is scored by the batsman hitting the ball with his bat and running to the opposite end of the pitch (basically striking the ball and running to the first base).  If the runner gets to the opposite side of the pitch before the ball they score 1 run.  There are also innings in cricket, but they can last a hell of a lot longer in cricket then in baseball.

As I stated above Rugby had different types and so does cricket.  In professional cricket the length of a game ranges from 20 overs (an over equals 6 bowl deliveries, aka pitches) per side, to Test Cricket which can last up to 5 days. Currently the Australian and Indian National teams are playing a total of 4 “Test Matches” all across Australia as India tours the country.  Australia has won the first two matches, and they still have 2 more to go.  One batsman, Michael Clarke for Australia was up for a full day in the second test match when he scored 329 runs by himself (he never got out and actually “declared” himself so that India could actually get up to bat and try to beat him).

Test Cricket is the highest standard of first-class cricket. A Test match is an international fixture between teams representing those countries that are Full Members of the ICC.  The first form of  Test cricket that was believed to have begun in the 1870’s when Australia played England.  A test match is usually played in a series of 3-5 matches, each consisting of 3-5 days long.

Because of the length of Test Cricket it is known as a game of strategy as nothing can occur for a longgggg longggg time, or a batsman like Michael Clarke can be up for hours on end.  Therefore standard “limited overs cricket” was introduced in England in the 1963 season.  Limited overs cricket has seen various innovations including the use of multi-coloured kit and floodlit matches using a white ball.

A “one day match”, named so because each match is scheduled for completion in a single day, is the common form of limited overs cricket played on an international level. In practice, matches sometimes continue on a second day if they have been interrupted or postponed by bad weather. The main objective of a limited overs match is to produce a definite result and so a conventional draw is not possible, but matches can be undecided if the scores are tied or if bad weather prevents a result. Each team plays one innings only and faces a limited number of overs, usually a maximum of 50 (aka 300 bowls as each over is 6 bowls).

So in summary there is “Test Cricket” and then “Limited Overs Cricket.”  Have I lost you yet?

Limited Overs Cricket is usually either 50-over or now….

Twenty20 is a new variant of limited overs itself with the purpose being to complete the match within about three hours, usually in an evening session.  I basically call it a home-run derby as each team will see 120 bowls (20 x6) and the goal is to score as many as possible as there are up to 10 batters.  So it is either 120 pitches or 10 outs, whichever comes first.

Twenty20 or the “Big Bash League” is the new fad here and the league has spent millions and millions of dollars on advertising as it started this year.  Sydney has two teams, the Sydney 6ers who play at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and the Sydney Thunder who play at ANZ stadium (aka the home of the olympics).  Wednesday evening we went to watch the Sixers take on the Perth Scorchers at the SCG:

 

 

The Members Stands at the SCG

 

Jess, Ashley & a person who can't take self-snapshots

 

O and the SIxers won by a score of 175-174….unbelievable and exciting finish, no lie!

 

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  1. January 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Haha…love it, thanks for the info, but….I’m still not sure I get it…

  2. Dad
    January 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    A cricket is something that keeps you up all night! Game sounds very confusing so i hope they play it with a cooler of Fosters on the sidelines. Do they even have a sidelines?Talk to you soon. GO GIANTS! Luv you, Bye!

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