Our Aussie massage therapist loses her cricket virginity!
In Australia, cricket is the most popular sport, as in many other Commonwealth countries. So you would think from that statement I would have attended at least one game or do they call them matches?!
I can now say I have been to a cricket game. Surrey v Essex at The Oval......
A group of friends were going and asked if I wanted to join them, so I took them up on the offer. First time for everything, right?
I spoke to my mate who is a cricket fan and asked him for some tips. Well I say tips, but what I really meant is 'can you explain how the game works'.
He was mortified.......Firstly at the thought I hadn’t been to a game (ever) and secondly when I asked if they can wait (be safe without getting out) on first base. Then came the question 'can the players get fouled off'.
So after 10 minutes of explaining the rules and clarifying that there are NOT 3 bases I was ready to go.
Keen on getting involved in the atmosphere and to look like I knew what the game was all about I also asked him for some 'cricket lingo/slang' I could impress my mates with. He advised me of the following:
• If the bowler is moving the ball. " He is swinging it like a seventies disco".
• If the batsman hits a 6 from a rubbish ball. You can say " that was buffet bowling - just help yourself".
• If the spin bowler is bowling well and the batsman is missing it you could say "that batsman can't even pick his nose let along the delivery".
The game got exciting for me when I realised the ex-Australian captain was playing for Surrey – Ricky Ponting! Although discussion were had with a group of people sitting behind us that in fact no he isn’t a Kiwi he is actually Australian..... By the end of the game/match? I had my English friends chanting Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi.
So, I can now say I've attended a cricket game/match? & enjoyed it (maybe the beer & Mexican wave helped towards this)
Cricket injuries at elite level in Australia have been demonstrated to occur at a rate of around 18 injuries in total for a squad of 25 players who play twenty matches in a season.
On average, around 9% of cricketers have an injury at any given time, although in fast bowlers over 15% are injured at any given time.
There are very different physical demands involved in different types of cricket, which has meant the injury profile is slightly different between five day Test Matches, weekend to four day matches and one day matches.
A direct blow from a cricket ball during delivery or fielding may result in fractures, bruising, or worse, while a fielder may fall or collide with a boundary fence.
Cricketers can also suffer from a range of overuse injuries associated with all aspects of the game including running, throwing, batting and bowling, the latter being the most common.
Training, technique, footwear, surface, rehabilitation, warm-up and conditioning are all factors contributing to overuse injuries.
Players are recommended to wear an array of protective gear such as pads, gloves and boxes, to guard themselves from injury.
the need to conduct more biomechanical and epidemiological research into the mechanisms of injury.
• further development and testing of protective equipment.
• improving education for both players and coaches, particularly at the wider community level.
• adopting modified rules for children.
• extending pre-participation screening to the general cricket community.
• receiving prompt first aid.
• improved injury data collections, particularly for the less formal level of play.