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First, a disclaimer: I have met Jon Hotten on a couple of occasions, on the second of which I took the field with him last year for the Authors XI. Nike Schuhe Schweiz Online . Jon - and, as were former team-mates, Ill refer to him in this review by his Christian name - may not have altogether fond memories of that late summer day. He had the misfortune to split the webbing of his hand in the field, and was obliged to drop down the order from his accustomed No. 4 to No. 10.These were not the ideal conditions for my forming a judgement of his prowess: he made a brave, uncomfortable 2 in about eight balls. And yet, and yet: even in that short time, I could see his slim body making the shapes a cricketers makes. How could I tell? As any cricketer of any experience will know, you just can. I offer that not so much in praise of Jon, as because it seems to me what Jon has brought to cricket writing in the last eight years: those things that because you play or have played cricket you can just tell.I first became aware of his writing soon after the debut of his blog the Old Batsman, in November 2008. I think I may have been steered there by Jarrod Kimber, another member of a gifted generation of cricket bloggers, avant Twitter, to whose works I grew decidedly partial, as they seemed to be doing much the freshest and zestiest cricket writing around. As an old batsman myself, I rejoiced in Jons WG Graces avatar, and his tone of seriousness without earnestness.Traditionally the recreational cricket voice has been that of the larkish duffer. The better quality player in the lower reaches of the game - the guy who makes hundreds, takes five-fors, discriminates between bats and generally looks the part - has not been well represented. Maybe he has been felt to spoil the fun. But in some respects that kind of player is more exquisitely positioned: at some time he probably wanted to go further, but for whatever reason did not. Continuing to play, then, perhaps with a certain chagrin at thwarted ambition, although maybe also with relief at diminished expectation, is to stand at a very particular relation to the game, and also to be involved in a form of self-inquiry.Jons particular knack with the Old Batsman has been for expressing abiding, rich and sometimes romantic ideas in a succinct and allusive form, in the same way as a perfect cover drive can express an entire innings, or even a whole career. Im not sure that anyone, even the splendid Jarrod, has been able to accomplish so much so variously so economically in the blogpost form: shorter than a column, longer than a tweet, persuading and hinting, teasing and delighting, so that each short work became like the opening sally of a witty but generous conversationalist. Every thought was considered, every word watched. Jon was an amateur cricket writer - he was an accomplished journalist in other fields - who regularly and artfully outshone the pros.Gradually, and perhaps inevitably, he has turned pro, with delirious success in his raw retelling of the story of Simon Jones in The Final Test (2015). But having followed him so assiduously does not, perhaps, make me the ideal reader of Jons The Meaning of Cricket; or How to Waste Your Life on an Inconsequential Sport. Because my initial sensation on reading it was disappointment, not because of any particular shortcomings but because I had read so much of it before. On the basis of the title, I had looked forward eagerly. Meaning of cricket? What better topic for the OB? But steadily it dawned that almost the entirety of the text was reproduced or repurposed from the blog, plus some contributions to the Nightwatchman and ESPNcricinfo, something not formally acknowledged until page 221.What matter, you may ask? After all, in this Jon joins a literary strand of cricket: Cardus was always repackaging his newspaper writings; heaven knows Ive done the same. Yet these have been clearly marked as such, and I cant help thinking that a certain circumspection is due in these circumstances. Pieces have contexts from which it is exceedingly difficult to divide them. At times, too, Jons repurposing has either not gone far enough, or should not have been attempted: the chapter Fast Cars Look Fast, for example, elides two pieces, about facing Merlyn, the spin bowling machine, and about T20 batsmanship, only very loosely related, which a bridging quote cannot disguise.For as long as I continued hoping for an inquiry along the lines of the title, I also found myself quibbling, or wondering why certain questions had eluded such a clever author. The opening chapter, owing a duly advertised debt to Tim OGradys On Golf, involves an elucidation of battings kinaesthetic challenges. Which is all fine, except that it flinches from something deeper. Why have we always tended to write about cricket from the batsmans perspective? Why is it always his/her challenges that are considered so unique, so definitional? The ball is not propelled by impersonal forces - it involves another striving, conscious ego. So in this sense, the adoption of an idea from a golf book is a rather unnatural borrowing, or at least it limits cricket to two dimensions - interesting enough, but partial, and a little mechanistic.Then - my feelings this time a kind of unconscious remonstration with the subtitle - there looms the question of crickets inconsequentiality. For when Jon comes to writing about his blogs avatar, WG, he airily elevates him to a plane with Shakespeare, Joyce, Einstein and Bobby Fischer; Brahms, Tolstoy and Mozart are namechecked too. Was I detecting here a somewhat strained plea for crickets consequentiality? Maybe every consequential writer who makes a show of deferring to crickets triviality obscures a sneaking yearning for a recognition of crickets importance. It would be an excellent subject for Jon - here he missed an opportunity to make it his own.Anyway, that ceases my chiding, and I hope it is clear that I am holding my erstwhile team-mate to a high standard, if a standard he has led me to expect of him. For, especially if you have not been a follower of the Old Batsman, The Meaning of Cricket is lively with insight and anecdote, replete with finely turned phrases. The best of it, I think, is in the persona that first drew me to Jons writing: that of the knowledgeable and fascinated practitioner engaged by the methods and mentalities of others. I relished rereading Jons account of facing Steve Malone in the nets at Hampshire (The net I had just left seemed like another country, a distant memory from a happier time), his feelings watching Mike Atherton hook (It was as if that stroke was the little deal hed done with himself for all of that denial; a seam of silver in the rock), and his observations of Mark Ramprakashs physicality (I looked at his hands, which were extraordinary, spade-shaped and heavy, his fingers and the pads of his thumbs thick and muscled from the thousands of hours of gripping and ungripping a bat handle). There is all summer, and all warmly reconsidered childhood, in a passage such as this:In the 1970s, English cricketers did not look like gods. They did not look like athletes. Some of them didnt even look like cricketers. Bob Woolmer could have stepped from an illustration of a schoolboy in a 1950s comic: pudgy hands, chubby cheeks, a slight paunch, but with a general air of well-fed vigour. The England captain Tony Greigs nearest physical equivalent was John Cleese; when Greig approached the crease to bowl, he wasnt so much running as unfolding like a seaside deckchair. David Steele, who batted at number three, wore thick glasses and had grey hair. Derek Underwood, a freakish spinner who bowled at almost medium-pace, had the look of a distracted Oxford don; a severe forehead with a few combed-over strands and a gentle, flat-footed run. On amateur cricket Jon is alternately hilarious and poignant, but its when hes in his almost-a-pro-yet-somehow-not-quite vein that he truly breaks out. He considers crickets capacity for revealing us to ourselves in admitting his self-created glass ceiling: In my heart I knew that the game filled me with fear. I secretly dreaded every step up, because before I took it I could live in the fantasy of not knowing. I was pretty sure that Barry Richards didnt feel that way. He evokes crickets masochistic allure as crisply as anyone ever has: A career in cricket is in part about the accrual of scar tissue, the thousand and one small cuts of disappointment and defeat that weigh on the psyche and extract their price. Wonder if he was thinking of that split webbing just then….Here, then, notwithstanding my earlier qualifications, is a writer to follow, possessed of a keen eye and beating heart. Maybe down the track hell write the definitive book on the meaning of cricket - hes more than capable of it. Its simply a pity hell already have used the title. Nike Schuhe Outlet Schweiz . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Nike Schuhe Schweiz . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. . Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks. 1 Number of Sri Lanka bowlers to take a hat-trick in Tests before Rangana Herath. Nuwan Zoysa had taken wickets off his first three deliveries in a Test against Zimbabwe in Harare in 1999-2000. Click here for a list of hat-tricks in Tests.1892 The only time before Herath a left-arm orthodox bowler took a hat-trick in Tests. Englands Johnny Briggs had ended Australias second innings with a hat-trick on that occasion. Australia chinaman bowler Lindsay Kline is the only other left-arm spinner to take a hat-trick in Tests - he dismissed South Africas last three batsmen in their second innings in the Cape Town Test in 1957-58.1985 The last time, before Mitchell Starc, an overseas fast bowler took two five-fors in a Test in Asia. Neil Foster had taken 6 for 104 and 5 for 59 in the Chennai Test in 1984-85. Overall, Starcs is the 20th instance of a pacer taking two five-fors in a Test in Asia.8/209Mitchell Starcs previous best figures in a match in Tests, which had come against South Africa in Perth in 2012-13. Starcs figures are also the best by an Australia pacer in a Test in Sri Lanka. The previous best were Craig McDermotts 6 for 85 in Colombo in 1992.120 Australias previous lowest total in Tests against Sri Lanka, which had come in the first innings in Kandy in 2004. However, on that occasion they had fought back through Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn in their second innings to win the Test. This is Australias second-lowest total in a Test innings in Asia in the last 50 years. They were dismissed for just 93 runs in their second innings of the Mumbai Test in 2004-05, which is their lowest.21 Wickets that fell on the second day in Galle - the second-highest in a days play in Tests in Asia. As many as 22 wickets fell on the third day at the SSC between the hosts and England in 2000-01. Overall, there are only ten instances when more wickets have fallen in a day in Tests.33 Wickets that have fallen in this Test so far - the highest on the first two days of any Test in Asia. The previous highest was 32 wickets that fell in the Nagpur Test between India and South Africa last year. Overall, theree are only five other instances when more wickets have fallen on the first two days of a Test. Nike Schuhe Größentabelle. 12 Number of previous instances of an overseas fast bowler taking a ten-wicket haul for the match in Tests in Asia. The last one to do it before Starc was Dale Steyn, who took 10 for 108 against India in Nagpur in 2009-10. Starcs is only the second such instance in the last 25 years.1979 Last time an Australia fast bowler returned better figures in a Test in Asia than Starcs 11 for 94. Geoff Dymock had taken 12 for 166 in the Kanpur Test. Alan Davidsons 12 for 124 is the only other better haul than Starcs. His 6 for 50 in Sri Lankas second innings are the fifth-best figures by an Australia pacer in a Test innings in Asia.1Number of visiting pacers that have taken a better match haul in Tests in Sri Lanka than Starc. Mohammad Asif had returned figures of 11 for 71 in Kandy in 2006. Waqar Younis and Richard Hadlee are the only other overseas fast bowlers to take a ten-wicket haul in a match in Sri Lanka.1956 The only time Australia were bowled out for a lower total in the first innings of a Test in Asia. Pakistan had dismissed them for just 80 in Karachi. This is also their seventh-lowest total against any opposition in Tests since 2000.1 Number of times Australia have lost their last eight wickets for fewer runs from a score of 50 or more runs in a Test innings since 1950. They had collapsed from 152 for 2 to 199 all out in their second innings against the ICC XI at the SCG in 2005-06. Australia were on 54 when they lost the wicket of David Warner in their first innings in this Test.307 The highest target Australia have chased in a Test in Asia, against Bangladesh in Fatullah in 2006. That is the only instance out of nine when they successfully chased targets of 300 or more in Asia. Sri Lanka have set them a target of 413 in this Test. Australia have lost on all the ten occasions when they have been set targets of 400 or more in Tests in the last ten years. ' ' '