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fill your boots jakes

jacques kallis batting in the warm-up match in fatullah 

tomorrow is the start of south africa’s 2 match test series against bangladesh. because bangladesh are the second poorest test cricket nation it means that jacques kallis has a chance to score some big runs!

playing against a weak team can be a bit of a lottery, though, because the poorer the opposition, the fewer the opportunities to bat.

against bangladesh there will only be 2 test matches (where there are usually a minimum of 3 and sometimes as many as 5) and where each team normally bats twice per test match, south africa have in the past only needed to bat once against bangladesh. that means two chances to bat in 2 tests. so if you don’t catch the first bus its a long wait till the next one.

if he gets in, however, there’s every chance of getting a nice big, fat, juicy hundred. who knows, he may even score that double-hundred which has alluded him for so long?

as much as i hope kallis fills his boots i would also like to see bangladesh become a better team. there are very few countries that play cricket, and of those even fewer who play at a competitive level. at the moment there are only 10 test cricket playing nations and two of them (zimbabwe, bangladesh) are not competitive at all – so that basically leaves 8.

eight countries for this sport i love so much – thats very few. we could definitely do with bangladesh becoming better. and there have been encouraging signs on the tour so far with the cricket board XI scoring 400 against us in a warm-up game. so lets hope bangladesh play well and jakes gets a nice big hundred!

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  1. February 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I have no idea what you just said, but I’m glad you are back and posting again (even if I don’t understand a word of it!!)

  2. February 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    OK, for the totally cricket-ignorant here, could you just answer one really stupid question for me…does that fellow really have to run with those enormous shin guards thingies on?

  3. jean pierre
    February 25, 2008 at 9:22 am




    yup, they do have to run with them on. they’re thankfully not that heavy as they’re mostly made of rubber and leather and that sort of thing, but they’re not entirely light either. the biggest problem with them, though, is that they’re cumbersome, as they are wider than one’s legs.

    but cricketers quickly get used to having them on and soon don’t even notice them too much anymore.

    knowing they’re there can be quite nice too, as they provide security against the ball which crashes into ones legs with regularity.

  4. February 25, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Sheesh…they remind me a bit of hockey goalie pads. I’ve always wondered how they manage and they don’t even have to move around all that much. I really think I’m going to have to see if I can’t find some cricket on one of the bazillion of sports channels…you’re really getting me quite intrigued.

  5. jean pierre
    March 2, 2008 at 11:38 am

    they’re very like hockey goalie pads. although, fortunately batsmen don’t have all the other padding that goalies have!

    let me know if you manage to catch any cricket debi! do you think there’s a chance that a brazilian sports channel would show cricket? i wouldn’t imagine that they play the game…

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