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18 Problems That Only Occur When You Love Cricket

If only we just liked cricket...

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1. Your fingers turn all sorts of colours.

Golden duck and a dislocated finger, not the best start to the season #cricketproblems #cricketisback #ouch

2. The technical terms could fill a dictionary.

There's field positioning, bowling techniques, stroke play, and pitch conditioning to learn, and that's before you get on to the nightwatchmen and silly nannies. Good luck explaining any of that to a newcomer.
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There's field positioning, bowling techniques, stroke play, and pitch conditioning to learn, and that's before you get on to the nightwatchmen and silly nannies. Good luck explaining any of that to a newcomer.

3. No one seems to get your banter.

Sledging? Watching windows? And who is Xavier Tras supposed to be?
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Sledging? Watching windows? And who is Xavier Tras supposed to be?

4. The decades of controversy over the "one bounce, one hand" catch and you're out rule.

The correct answer: It was a necessary evil at school to ensure the same kid couldn't stay at the crease for an entire (lunchtime) innings.
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The correct answer: It was a necessary evil at school to ensure the same kid couldn't stay at the crease for an entire (lunchtime) innings.

5. The British climate isn't particularly suited to cricket.

Crowds flock to watch the wild horse capture festival even in the rain; Deulmen, near Munster.
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Crowds flock to watch the wild horse capture festival even in the rain; Deulmen, near Munster.

6. The clothing is completely impractical.

Padding? Yes, but in blistering heat in the field, what's wrong with shorts?
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Padding? Yes, but in blistering heat in the field, what's wrong with shorts?

7. As for fashion, we haven't really got much to work with.

All cream everything will be back on trend soon, right?
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All cream everything will be back on trend soon, right?

8. It comes with a lot of baggage too.

Try lugging this around after a long day's innings.
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Try lugging this around after a long day's innings.

9. You frequently have to switch over to Australian time.

Then you have to go into work the next day and explain what a "whitewash" is.
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Then you have to go into work the next day and explain what a "whitewash" is.

10. Dodgy tan lines are unavoidable.

Even if you're slathered up in sunscreen, you're still going to end up with the van man tan.
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Even if you're slathered up in sunscreen, you're still going to end up with the van man tan.

11. Did we mention the bruises?

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12. The utter heartbreak of a broken bat.

Gutted! A week before the cricket season strats and i have broken my bat! #cantplay #annoyed #cricketbat

13. And there's no feeling in sport that comes close to knocking out your own stumps.

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And it's not a great one.

14. Not even cricket fans understand the Duckworth–Lewis method.

1) The name. 2) It means it's rained. 3) No one knows how to calculate it. 4) No one outside of cricket understands it. 5) CRICKET SHOULDN'T BE THIS HARD.
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1) The name. 2) It means it's rained. 3) No one knows how to calculate it. 4) No one outside of cricket understands it. 5) CRICKET SHOULDN'T BE THIS HARD.

15. There's all the superstitions you have whilst watching...

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16. ...and all the superstitions you have whilst playing.

This is duck. You eat it at your peril.
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This is duck. You eat it at your peril.

17. Only a few countries play it professionally.

Yes, it's the world's second-most popular sport with over 2 billion fans, but on the world's stage, it can be...a struggle to get the numbers together, quite frankly.
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Yes, it's the world's second-most popular sport with over 2 billion fans, but on the world's stage, it can be...a struggle to get the numbers together, quite frankly.

18. People just don't understand the beauty of a five-day test match.

It's this instant-gratification culture. Some things need to be savoured!
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It's this instant-gratification culture. Some things need to be savoured!

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