Cricket Fact Check

Claim: Duncan Huntsdale remembers the famous last stand at the 1982 Boxing Day Test:

At the other end was Allan Border. The future captain, “AB” would become Australia’s most dependable batter during the remainder of the decade, but didn’t warrant that description at the time.

Status: True. Allan Border didn’t warrant that description. He was a batsman, not a ‘batter.’

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9 Responses to Cricket Fact Check

  1. jupes says:

    Speaking of wokeness in cricket, apparently Scott Boland is the fourth ‘indigenous’ cricketer to play for Australia. However, he is only the second male ‘indigenous’ cricketer after Jason Gillespie. It will be no surprise to many here that both men are white.

    In fact, Boland only discovered his Aboriginality four years ago. According to wiki:

    After discovering this, Boland sought to embrace his indigenous heritage, playing in indigenous representative teams, and seeking to further educate himself on indigenous traditions.

    What’s the bet he hasn’t subjected himself to his tribe’s initiation traditions.

    Anyhoo, he’s got off to a good start as a test cricketer, taking a wicket and a catch at the time of writing.

  2. jupes says:

    More on Boland. This sentence is a perfect example of the idiocy of those doing their best to destroy the great game of cricket:

    Cricket Australia’s Indigenous advisory chair Justin Mohamed wants the sport to continue to find ways to be an inclusive and safe space.

    FMD

  3. C.L. says:

    Easy to understand why ‘indigenous’ cricketers embrace the status.
    It’s a fraught way to make a living at the best of times; being on the grievance VIP list doesn’t hurt their prospects.

  4. Pommyal says:

    Waiting for the ” welcome to the crease” ceremony.

  5. Lee says:

    In fact, Boland only discovered his Aboriginality four years ago.

    One out of four grandparents makes you an Aborigine?
    Sure.

  6. Ed Case says:

    One out of Four does make you an Aborigine, but I wonder how Scott never noticed that until 4 years ago.
    On Jeff Thomson’s batting ability, he wasn’t a rabbit with the bat at all, he had a good eye.
    Perhaps his attitude was that if the recognised batsmen couldn’t put up a score, why should he have to do their job for them?

  7. Ed Case says:

    They’re saying he’s only the second Aborigine after Gillespie, but Ernie Toshack looked like an Aborigine, Opener Graeme Thomas had Aboriginal descent, there was a Test player from Tasmania in the 1880s who was either Aboriginal or a West Indian, probably many more
    Percy Hobson [cleared 6’11” at his first attempt to win Gold at the ’62 Commonwealth Games] was interviewed by the Sun about 30 years ago.
    He said he was told by Team Officials that if he was asked by the Overseas Press covering the Games about his origins, he was to say that he was of Indian descent.
    Say he was Aboriginal and he would be out of the team so fast his feet wouldn’t touch the ground.

  8. Lee says:

    there was a Test player from Tasmania in the 1880s who was either Aboriginal or a West Indian, probably many more

    Sam Morris, born in Tasmania (as was his mother), but a resident of Victoria from a very young age.
    His father and all his grandparents (including on his mother’s side) were born in the West Indies.

  9. Buccaneer says:

    With the right brackets, one can call a woman dressed as a man, a man. Yet one can’t call a woman who plays cricket a batsman… maybe they just need to put, some brackets around it and get them to all identify as a batsman..

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