- UNDERSTANDING CRICKET FOR BEGINNERS
To many people first exposed to British culture, one of the most striking oddities is the game of cricket. It has a Byzantine set of Laws is at once both very gentle and very cruel, matches can last for days, and there are often lengthy debates over who is even winning. This article describes a simple method for the casual watcher to enjoy a match of cricket based on the same principles that one might watch other team sports.
The first thing is not to worn/ about the Laws One would need to study them for years Cricket works in the .me way as most other competitive team sports in that the contest is essentially between order and chaos. Just like in baseball, rugby union, soccer, American Football and others one team tries to maintain order and the other team tries to disrupt it.
Usually the team in possession of the ball is considered the attacking team. This is no different in cricket, and when a bowler is Oven the ball he is said to have come “into the attack.” The batsman, therefore, is the defender, and the three linked poles sticking out of the ground behind him (collectively the “stumps” or, as a unit, the “wicket”) is what he most defend.
The batsman is then like the goalkeeper in soccer or ice hockey, or the fullback in rugby union. His purpose is to stifle or nullify the opposition’s attack. In cricket the batsman doesthis by blocking the ball when it is on a path to strike the stumps.
The bowler is like most other players in possession of a ball – his purpose is to either to overpower or to deceive the defender. Because cricket is not a contact sport, and because the batsman can defend his stumps with the bat, the bowler most deceive the batsman as to the path of the ball. This is either done by bowling it so quickly that the batsman cannot read its path very well or by bowling it in a manner that causes it to deviate from its initial trajectory after it has left the bowler’s hand.
One of the first things a person new to cricket will notice is that there are two different bowling styles, and one is much more energetic than the other. The basic rule is that the more slowly the bowler runs in to bowl, the more he is trying to deceive the batsman by spinning, swinging, drifting or dipping the ball rather than with speed.
So the basic contest involves the batsman trying to maintain the order in the stumps behind him by protecting them from the ball, and the bowler trying to introduce more chaos into the situation than the batsman is able to impose order upon, and thereby get him ‘out’.
If the stumps are thought of as a throne, then the batsman is the king trying to defend it. If he fails, he is said to be ‘out’, or ‘dismissed’. This is reflected in his long walk off the field, like a king deposed from his office and dismissed into exile. There are a variety of ways to go out, and they all relate to a failure to defend the stumps correctly. If the ball hits the stumps then the batsman is out bowled. If the ball hits the batsman’s pads and the umpire raises a finger (having judged that the ball would have hit the stumps had the batsman not interfered) then the batsman is out leg before wicket. If the batsman hits the ball with the bat, but in an uncontrolled manner so that a member of the fielding team can catch it before it hits the ground, the batsman is out caught.
There are several other ways to go out, but in general if the batsman survives a ball it is a minor victory for him, and if he does not it is a major victory for the bowler.
In cricket the batsman, even in the role of defender, is not limited to trying to survive. He must also try and score, which necessitates a riskier style of play. He therefore counterattacks. If bowling a ball can be thought of as a challenge to the king’s authority, the stroke played by the batsman represents the degree of authority with which that challenge was repelled. The harder and further away from the fielders he hits the ball, the more chance he has of crossing to the other end of the pitch (where the second batsman, who must also cross to the first batsman’s end, beggings). This is called a run, and whichever side scores the most runs before ten of their batsman are out wins the match.
In terms of order and chaos, every ball that is bowled follows a basic pattem. The batsman represents order, and the bowler chaos If the bowler can inflict sufficient chaos upon the batsman’s defences the batsman will be dismissed. If the batsman can impose enough order upon the ball to hit it far enough away to have time to run to the other end of the pitch before it is fielded and returned, he scores a run. In many cases the batsman neither goes out nor scores a run. This is called a dot ball, and is like a push in blackjack in that no-one benefits much, if at all.
The winning side, then, is essentially the side that was able to impose the most order upon the opposition’s chaos, as measured by the total time they created to run safely between the two ends of the pitch before ten of their players were dismissed. The basic concepts of raiding enemy territory while they are in a vulnerable position or in disarray, and that the winning team is the one that does so the most incisively over the course of a match, makes it possible to watch and enjoy cricket from a similar perspective to a number of other sports.
- THE WINTER OLYMPICS: WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
Not long after the Olympic Games of ancient Greece were revived in 1896, agitation began for a winter version. Beginning in 1901, there was a separate international event called the Nordic Games consisting of snow-and-ice competitions. By the time of the third Olympics in 1900, winter sports enthusiasts had succeeded in including several figure-skating events. An attempt to include those and other winter sports in 1912 failed, but a more elaborate set was planned for the 1916 Olympics. The outbreak of World War !caused the cancellation of those Games.
The revived Olympics in 1920 again featured a few winter events. By now there was enough sentiment to organize a full-scale Winter Olympic Games for 1904. The success of its robust set of skiing, skating, and related events led to regular quadrennial competition through 1936 and, after World War II, a resumption to the present day. The most notable champion of the inter-war era was undoubtedly Sonja Henie, a three-time figure skating Gold Medal winner from Norway, who became a major Hollywood star in skating-centered movies.
Despite strenuous efforts to keep the Winter Olympics non-commercial and non-political, the Cold War and the advent of television increasingly eroded those ideals Gold Medal winners particularly attractive ones gained endorsements and business opportunities until, ultimately, professional athletes were admitted to some of the events such as ice hockey. Fierce competition for selection as host city also ensued, culminating in the revelation of bribes to Olympic officials who would vote on the city designation.
As to geopolitics as in the Summer Olympics, there was exploitation for propaganda purposes of champions on both sides of the ideological divide. Suspicions of performance-enhancing drugging to ensure a steady stream of winners resulted in increased drug-testing and the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 prompted a boycott of the Moscow-based 1900 Summer Olympic Games by the United St and many others, but not before the U.S ice hockey beat a heavily-favored U.SS.R. powerhouse in the winter Olympics of that year in Lake Placid, New York < on its way to a Gold Medal. The U.S.S R. boycotted the Southern Califomia-based Summer Olympics in 1984.
With the U.S and Russia on the same side in today’s war on terrorism, there is a mutual concern about attempts to harm the Winter Olympic Games at Sochi in Southern Russia this month. The political pressure is clearly on President Vladimir Putin to deliver a safe Olympics before a worldwide TV audience.
Because the Olympics have become so elaborate and require so much preparation and coordination, it was concluded that the Winter and Summer versions could no longer be contained in one year. As a result, since 1994, the Winter Olympics have followed a separate four-year cycle. Athletes as well as sponsors seem to have adjusted well.
- THE STORY OF A CRICKET PLAYER: A MOVE FOR THE BETTER
As a semi-professional cricket player, I knew my days living and playing cricket in Sydney were numbered. Despite my love for the harbour city I was raised in (and it’s glorious weather), I knew that in order to follow my dream of playing cricket for Australia, I had to make the move to our nation’s sporting capital – Melbourne. I needed a great relocation company to make my dream a reality, which is where the team at Santa Fe Wridgways stepped in. And they helped make the whole process of moving interstate an absolute breeze!
My Cricket move
I’ve been playing cricket for as long as I can remember. My father was a local champion, so growing up around my suburban cricket club was not just a hobby, but a family ritual. As my skills developed and I started playing in the state league, I knew my chance to make a career out of playing cricket was growing rapidly. But my opportunities were drying up in Sydney – as much as I loved my support network of family and friends, and all the experiences my home city had given me, I knew the only way to progress further was to move to Melbourne.
For a Sydneysider (or for anyone really), Melbourne is a haven for sport fanatics. Not just for the legendary test cricket series’ in the summer, but for AFL, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Australian Open and the Grand Prix. It’s a mecca of sport, for fans and sportsmen alike, and I wanted to be a part of it. My dreams of playing cricket for Australia on the hallowed turf of the MCG on Boxing Day were calling – so I took a gamble and made the big move.
I can’t recommend Melbourne enough for anyone looking to make their sporting mark. As a cricketer, Melbourne is the spiritual home for all things sport, and has opened up my professional sporting opportunities tenfold. And my experience with Wridgways has made moving interstate hassle-free. These removalists ensured my precious cricket trophies and sporting memorabilia were kept safe and sound, and I’m delighted (and relieved!) that the move was so seamless. I’m glad I made the big decision to set up a new home in Melbourne – and I’m even more glad I had the right team behind me all the way.
- ARE CHINESE MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE AN EFFECTIVE HEALING ALTERNATIVE FOR CRICKET PLAYERS?
You’ve probably heard it, chinese medicine and acupuncture go together, and how they are natural and beneficial ways of healing and treating a range of conditions from fertility issues, physical pain and mental problems.
What you’ve probably not heard about yet, is if these two ancient practices are being widely used for in the sports performance industry?
The answer to that is a big fat: YES
We can see how English cricket players, such as the likes of Kevin Pietersen are saying goodbye to their injuries with Chinese acupuncture.
So shall us Aussies start to embrace this thousand year practice?
As with everything, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture need to be seen as treatments that require regular follow ups. In the same way as training, you can’t improve your level of performance overnight, you can’t heal your injuries, or even prevent them with just one session.
Being in Melbourne ourselves, an extremely multi-cultural city with a large Asian population, Chinese medicine and acupuncture practitioners are not in a shortage. Although we are not affiliated with any of them, we know the guys at Sustain Health in South Melbourne do offer all these services, including chiropractic services which are supposed to help with back pain and all of sorts of pains that derive from the spine, which is not uncommon with cricket players.
Is Chinese acupuncture and medicine just for professional sports people?
Of course not.
Even if you are just a regular Joe Bloggs, who is regularly practicing sports and enjoying an active life – as we all should be. Then all of us would need acupuncture to stay healthy and prevent any further issues.
Chinese medicine and practice is not sufficient when being an athlete or sports person. It is therefore essential to also eat an anti-inflammatory diet, with plenty of greens, lean proteins and healthy fats.
Getting adequate sleep and the right amount and type of exercise are of equal of importance.
Whether you are a cricket player, an athlete or a mum who likes to go jogging, these are all important tips to keep in mind.
Distractions from our routines? How to deal with them
The athlete will probably deal with constant distractions during their training life such as travelling and no having the right amounts of foods always available. So are the mum who has to wake up at 3 am to a crying baby or a cricket player.
It is therefore paramount to always keep an agenda with a to-do list.
Do you research beforehand
If we know we will move places, for example. Start looking for local healthy food eateries, organic groceries, local gyms and places to workout as well as a local acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine clinic.
By having a list of places near by us will make our jobs far easier when choosing a place to go to, and that means we can incorporate them into our daily lives and routines.
Remember the most important aspects of being a strong sports performer, diet, exercise, rest and prevention = treatment such as acupuncture, massages and relaxation.
- 3 SIMPLE WAYS (AND FREE) WAYS TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
On another note, you are probably thinking this article is going to say, 3 ways to lead a healthier lifestyle:
- Eat Well
- Sleep well, or meditate
Well, if you thought that, then you are…wrong my friends 🙂
As much as I could go in-depth on why the above three are crucial to a healthier lifestyle, I am sure those of you reading this already know that, and so I probably don’t need to talk much about those common sense topics.
So here are the 3 things I’m on about:
Hang out with other healthy people
As simple as it sounds.
Yes, maybe your friends now are not healthy, that’s fine. You can still be friends, but maybe it’s time to make new friends.
“You are the five people you associate with the most”, so they say. It is therefore important to hangout with others who are also healthy, that way we will naturally become more like them.
That’s it. Not much to say about that topic, more than just go and do it!
Action: Go get new friends
Routine, Routine, Routine!
I can’t stress this enough. Having a routine means you will stick to eating well, exercising and sleeping well more than ever. You could try to do all those three, and without a proper routine, or plan you will massively, fail.
You probably don’t want to hear that, but it’s the sad true my friends.
Action: Pen and paper (or Evernote) and let’s start writing out a simple and straightforward daily and weekly routine.
Keep track of what you do!
I know most of you say it will be cumbersome to keep count of calories, of how much we sleep, or how much we deadlifted, or bufflifted 🙂
Now, imagine I asked you: If you are a salesperson, and at work your boss asked, oh how much did we sell last month and how much did sales increase by this month?
You then go on an answer him like this: Oh well boss, I am not sure, didn’t keep track of sales, but all I know is that we are selling well, and should be increasing sales this month…
Ummm..the only thing that will be increasing are your chances of going out the door, with your belongings straight home.
That’s why the say it.
“What gets measured, get’s managed”
Is it really possible that our sales at work are that important that we need to track them, but then, our health, is not, so no need to track it?
You know the gist now..
Action: Get a chronometer watch, pen and paper, or use an app like myfitnesspal.com and start keeping track of your health and lifestyle! With so many apps and automation, it has never been easier to keep track of our health!
Now, as a final note, go ahead and do these things NOW!