Dr Ali Bacher: Unifying South Africa

Dr. Ali Bacher joins Ex-England captain Mike Atherton to reflect on five decades at the heart of South African cricket as a player, captain & administrator, including his role in the rebel tours. Thanks to Ali Bacher for inviting me into his home and for being generous with his time. This podcast was filmed in … Continue reading Dr Ali Bacher: Unifying South Africa

Cricket Q & A: What Is that action most batsman do when they come to crease and show 2 or 3 fingers to the Umpire?

They are asking the umpire for their guard ie to confirm that they are holding their bat in a particular place relative to their wicket. They then make a mark on the ground so that they can ground their bat there and be sure where they are relative to the stumps. You can ask for … Continue reading Cricket Q & A: What Is that action most batsman do when they come to crease and show 2 or 3 fingers to the Umpire?

Cricket Q & A: In limited over cricket, do the team batting second have to keep batting when it’s obvious that they’re not going to reach the number of runs of the other side?

Law 15 (Declaration and Forfeiture) allows a captain to declare in any of his innings at any point (provided the ball is dead), or to forfeit it before it begins. It is possible, therefore, that a team chasing a massive total could choose to end their innings early (or not bat at all!), lose the … Continue reading Cricket Q & A: In limited over cricket, do the team batting second have to keep batting when it’s obvious that they’re not going to reach the number of runs of the other side?

Cricket Q & A: What are the duties of 4th umpire in cricket?

He/She serves as the reserve official in case anything happens to one of the other three and also has a number of set duties in his/her own right. Duties include bringing out the new ball, looking after the light meters & delivering refreshments to his/her on-field colleagues at the relevant times. He/She also supervises the … Continue reading Cricket Q & A: What are the duties of 4th umpire in cricket?

A History of English Women’s Cricket, 1880-1939 – Judy Threlfall-Sykes

This thesis is a study of the history of women’s cricket from the 1880s until 1939. Although the primary focus of this thesis is the interwar years, it explores the earliest forms of women’s cricket to provide context for the motivation of individuals to promote the game as acceptable for women, and of those who … Continue reading A History of English Women’s Cricket, 1880-1939 – Judy Threlfall-Sykes

Statistical methods for cricket team selection : A Thesis

Cricket generates a large amount of data for both batsmen and bowlers. Methods for using this data to select a cricket team are examined. Utilising the assumption that an individual's natural ability is expressed via performance outputs, this thesis seeks to describe and understand the underlying statistical processes of player performance. Randomness is tested for … Continue reading Statistical methods for cricket team selection : A Thesis