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Player Profile…Chris Cairns

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 31, 2008

Hi everyone,
I have decided to introduce Player Profiles to my blog-site. I randomly pick players from each cricket nation and it doesn’t matter whether they play test cricket or not, no cricketing nation will be excluded, however due to the number of cricketing nations out there (in excess of 100), having a player profile from each country will take some time, so please be patient 🙂

The 1st player profile is going to be about Chris Cairns. Chris Cairns was a very accomplished cricketer in both the One-Day and the Test arena’s. His career was blighted by numerous injuries, paticulary his back and knees. His career would’ve been longer if these injuries did not plague him the way they did. Here are some information and statistics about his career below:

Chris Cains brilliant century against India in the final of the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy –>

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Chris Cairns
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Christopher Lance Cairns (Chris) Developed from a rebel in his early days in cricket to being something of a senior statesman, which was noticed by the role he played in the players’ strike of 2002. It was him that played one of the key roles in ending that strike.

On his day he was one of the top all-rounders in the world ( he was Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2000), when he was fit that is. He had a brilliant career full of many highlights, but unfortunately some low-lights, of which some were factors that physically blighted his career.

Some of his many highlights include beating Sir Viv Richards record for the most 6’s in a Test career (he got 87 in total). He achieved this landmark at Lords in the 2004 Test series in England, and in 2000 he played a man-of-the-match key role in helping New Zealand to win the Champions Trophy final in Nairobi, scoring 104 n.o. It was said he batted with one leg which was due to a knee injury he had at the time. His efforts in that game typified the type of cricketer he was, a very gutsy, determined one who always gave his best even through the struggles and rough times. He also played superbly in the 2001/2002 V.B series in Australia involving the host, New Zealand and South Africa. The New Zealand side managed to tame Australia throughout the series to reach the final against the Africans but of which the latter overcame the New Zealand side. I still think it was a brilliant series by N.Z, and also Chris Cairns.

He also played county Cricket in Nottinghamshire (in England) from 1989 to 1996 and returned for a second stint in 2003. He was a dedicated player for them also, and was highly regarded amongst his peers there (and also in his national side).

Then it was on January 22nd 2006 he retired from all levels of cricket ( although he later joined the non-sanctioned Indian Cricket League in 2007), at a press conference that was full of emotion. The Twenty20 game against the West Indies on February 16th 2006 was his Last game for any New Zealand side. He will be remembered as a cricketing great and he will go down in history as one of the best all-rounders in cricket.

To see his career statistics, Click HERE I used material from Cricinfo to research a little on Chris Cairns history.

The next player profile article will be of a recent retiree, stay tuned to find out who this is 🙂

Posted in all-rounder, chris cairns, county cricket, England, new zealand, nottinghamshire, one day international, test cricket, twenty20 | Leave a Comment »

In the international spotlight…USA cricket:

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 31, 2008

To most people out there in the world today, thinking that the United States plays cricket may seem pretty foreign, but little do some people know that the USA has a rich and deep history in the game of cricket. It was as early as the year 1737 that the first game of cricket was played in the United States (in New York). Cricket was brought over mainly by British colonies looking to settle in North America.
The New York Weekly Post Boy reported a match between XI of London and XI of New York, played in New York in 1751 and won by the New Yorkers, the scores being 80 and 86 against 43 and 47. It appears most likely that both XIs were drawn from residents of New York, as it is difficult to believe that a touring group would cross the Atlantic for one match, or that the state of the game would encourage such a tour. The thought of difficulty was perhaps brought up by the fact that in those times it took a few weeks just to cross the Atlantic by oceanliner/boat, from London to New York, compared to around 6 to 8 hours flying on a jumbo jet.

In 1856 there were talks amongst several ardent cricketers of an England XII coming over for a tour. This was to be the 1st visit by an England XI to the United States. However in 1857 an industrial depression gripped the country and because of this the talks were temporarily put off. Eventually the doom and gloom of this depression lifted and on September 6th 1859 the 1st ever touring team of 12 professional cricketers to the USA met at the George Hotel in Liverpool gathered together to depart on a journey across the seas to experience the opportunity of their lifetime. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th October 1859 the 1st game was played and England scored 156 and dismissed the USA XII for 38 and 54, winning very comprehensively. It was said that during this time that cricket in the USA was perhaps more advanced than of today’s leading cricketing nation, Australia.

Some people might ask why cricket didn’t continue to flourish in the USA. There were several factors that put the fast growing popularity and development of cricket into a long and perhaps deep hibernation, and the main factor appeared to be the Civil War which started in 1861 and carried on for 4 years. It was during this period that the game of Baseball grew more in popularity. The Civil War was a long and taxing battle which took its toll on several resources, including materials to create and develop proper cricket gear and the ongoing maintenance of cricket pitches. It seemed far easier to chuck 4 bags on a patch of grass anywhere to mark any area to play baseball. When the USA emerged from the atrocities of the Civil War it appeared that Baseball was going to be a big hit and be well entrenched in American society. It was after this period that England began to concentrate on Australia as being the new exiting opportunity to play cricket (and also help the game to grow in awareness, popularity and development).

A highlight of cricket in the USA was in the year of 1893 when the Australian team came over to Philadelphia and played 2 games in the city. In the first match Philadelphia made the highest score made by an American team in first-class cricket, accumulating a massive 525 runs and putting the Australian Test team out twice. The Australians were walloped by an innings and 68 runs, which today would be unheard of, especially since the USA team of today is yet to be eligible to play test cricket, but someday if the same enthusiasm for the game returns to the days of the mid to late 1800s then the Americans will have every chance to fuel the drive to get to the top of world cricket.

The tour also saw Bart King, an excellent promising bowler for the Americans, marking his prominence for the first time. King, one of the world’s greatest bowlers of his era, achieved easily the best performance of the tour when he took 7 for 13 against Sussex on a good wicket at Brighton. King bowled a ball which he called the `Angler’ which was an in-swinger. It was said that if properly bowled, it would change direction sharply in the last 3 or 5 metres of its flight. King used this ball very rarely against the batsmen with superior skill, but he did it so successfully that from 1893 to 1912 he was one of the most feared bowlers in the world. King was undisputedly the finest cricketer produced in America, not only for his bowling in the Golden Age of American cricket, but also for his batting, and his personal characteristics made him to be easily cherished by his friends. This phenomenon of American cricket died in 1965.

The first “international” in cricket was the first match between the United States and Canada took place on the grounds of the St. George’s Club of New York on 24 and 26 September, 1844. This game was played for $1,000 a side, which in those days was a great amount of money therefore it carried a sizeable significance to cricket in the USA and perhaps all of North America.

Cricket in the United States is played on turf wickets, on matting rolled over concrete, on matting stretched over grass which was uncut and unrolled. Whenever an enthusiast claims one, a cricket ground arises and momentarily the magic of bat and ball can hold sway. Most of all, American cricket owes its being to enthusiasts for whom the charm of the game can never die and who lose no time in their new surroundings in spreading the magnificent game that yes, indeed, is cricket.

The USA was admitted to “associate” membership of the ICC in 1965. The USA participated in the ICC Trophy from the first tournament in 1979 and from the mid 1980s the side’s performances steadily improved. This was largely due to the increase in expats from the Caribbean and the subcontinent rather than products from American-born players. It was an issue (and personally I think still is) that became an increasing concern as the side pressed for more international recognition. For the development of cricket in the USA to truly go forward the major cricketing bodies in the country need to try and explore talent in the USA as much as possible and also thoroughly before they go to places like the West Indies, India, Pakistan etc just to develop them into players for the USA when they could explore for talent in their own backyard. It’s kind of like when you lose your favourite cricket ball in the big bushes playing the game in your backyard, if you have the patience and the determination to find it, there’s a good chance that it will definitly be found.

Note* This is my first article in my planned “in the international spotlight…” series. All articles will be posted here on my blog-site and at the moment I’m choosing countries at random, however I am influenced by the countries that I can see in my “Feedjit Live Tracker” that visit my blog-site. If you have any request for your country and I haven’t posted it yet please let me know and I’ll endeavour to post an article as soon as possible. At the moment I am planning on doing my “in the international spotlight…” articles once a week ( either on a Wednesday or Thursday NZST) as researching a cricketing nations history and development takes a considerable amount of time, as well as doing my other regular articles and monitoring/responding to any comments I receive on this blog-site.

Note** I am also planning an “in the national spotlight…” series in which I hand-pick a cricket club from each New Zealand Province once a week. I’m anticipating that I will start this within the next 2 weeks (by the 13th/14th Feb 2008 NZST at the latest). If you have a club that you would like me to comment on please post a comment on this blog-site. I have thought of doing an “international club cricket spotlight…” series but have decided I will only do this if I get requests for it. If it proves to be popular I will make it a regular item.

Posted in Australia, Bart King, British colonies, Canada, Civil War, Cricket, Cricket pitch, development, maintenance, New York, North America, Ocean-liner, Philadelphia, Resources, Tour, USA | Leave a Comment »

In the international spotlight…USA cricket:

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 30, 2008

To most people out there in the world today, thinking that the United States plays cricket may seem pretty foreign, but little do some people know that the USA has a rich and deep history in the game of cricket. It was as early as the year 1737 that the first game of cricket was played in the United States (in New York). Cricket was brought over mainly by British colonies looking to settle in North America.
The New York Weekly Post Boy reported a match between XI of London and XI of New York, played in New York in 1751 and won by the New Yorkers, the scores being 80 and 86 against 43 and 47. It appears most likely that both XIs were drawn from residents of New York, as it is difficult to believe that a touring group would cross the Atlantic for one match, or that the state of the game would encourage such a tour. The thought of difficulty was perhaps brought up by the fact that in those times it took a few weeks just to cross the Atlantic by oceanliner/boat, from London to New York, compared to around 6 to 8 hours flying on a jumbo jet.

In 1856 there were talks amongst several ardent cricketers of an England XII coming over for a tour. This was to be the 1st visit by an England XI to the United States. However in 1857 an industrial depression gripped the country and because of this the talks were temporarily put off. Eventually the doom and gloom of this depression lifted and on September 6th 1859 the 1st ever touring team of 12 professional cricketers to the USA met at the George Hotel in Liverpool gathered together to depart on a journey across the seas to experience the opportunity of their lifetime. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th October 1859 the 1st game was played and England scored 156 and dismissed the USA XII for 38 and 54, winning very comprehensively. It was said that during this time that cricket in the USA was perhaps more advanced than of today’s leading cricketing nation, Australia.

Some people might ask why cricket didn’t continue to flourish in the USA. There were several factors that put the fast growing popularity and development of cricket into a long and perhaps deep hibernation, and the main factor appeared to be the Civil War which started in 1861 and carried on for 4 years. It was during this period that the game of Baseball grew more in popularity. The Civil War was a long and taxing battle which took its toll on several resources, including materials to create and develop proper cricket gear and the ongoing maintenance of cricket pitches. It seemed far easier to chuck 4 bags on a patch of grass anywhere to mark any area to play baseball. When the USA emerged from the atrocities of the Civil War it appeared that Baseball was going to be a big hit and be well entrenched in American society. It was after this period that England began to concentrate on Australia as being the new exiting opportunity to play cricket (and also help the game to grow in awareness, popularity and development).

A highlight of cricket in the USA was in the year of 1893 when the Australian team came over to Philadelphia and played 2 games in the city. In the first match Philadelphia made the highest score made by an American team in first-class cricket, accumulating a massive 525 runs and putting the Australian Test team out twice. The Australians were walloped by an innings and 68 runs, which today would be unheard of, especially since the USA team of today is yet to be eligible to play test cricket, but someday if the same enthusiasm for the game returns to the days of the mid to late 1800s then the Americans will have every chance to fuel the drive to get to the top of world cricket.

The tour also saw Bart King, an excellent promising bowler for the Americans, marking his prominence for the first time. King, one of the world’s greatest bowlers of his era, achieved easily the best performance of the tour when he took 7 for 13 against Sussex on a good wicket at Brighton. King bowled a ball which he called the `Angler’ which was an in-swinger. It was said that if properly bowled, it would change direction sharply in the last 3 or 5 metres of its flight. King used this ball very rarely against the batsmen with superior skill, but he did it so successfully that from 1893 to 1912 he was one of the most feared bowlers in the world. King was undisputedly the finest cricketer produced in America, not only for his bowling in the Golden Age of American cricket, but also for his batting, and his personal characteristics made him to be easily cherished by his friends. This phenomenon of American cricket died in 1965.

The first “international” in cricket was the first match between the United States and Canada took place on the grounds of the St. George’s Club of New York on 24 and 26 September, 1844. This game was played for $1,000 a side, which in those days was a great amount of money therefore it carried a sizeable significance to cricket in the USA and perhaps all of North America.

Cricket in the United States is played on turf wickets, on matting rolled over concrete, on matting stretched over grass which was uncut and unrolled. Whenever an enthusiast claims one, a cricket ground arises and momentarily the magic of bat and ball can hold sway. Most of all, American cricket owes its being to enthusiasts for whom the charm of the game can never die and who lose no time in their new surroundings in spreading the magnificent game that yes, indeed, is cricket.

The USA was admitted to “associate” membership of the ICC in 1965. The USA participated in the ICC Trophy from the first tournament in 1979 and from the mid 1980s the side’s performances steadily improved. This was largely due to the increase in expats from the Caribbean and the subcontinent rather than products from American-born players. It was an issue (and personally I think still is) that became an increasing concern as the side pressed for more international recognition. For the development of cricket in the USA to truly go forward the major cricketing bodies in the country need to try and explore talent in the USA as much as possible and also thoroughly before they go to places like the West Indies, India, Pakistan etc just to develop them into players for the USA when they could explore for talent in their own backyard. It’s kind of like when you lose your favourite cricket ball in the big bushes playing the game in your backyard, if you have the patience and the determination to find it, there’s a good chance that it will definitly be found.

Note* This is my first article in my planned “in the international spotlight…” series. All articles will be posted here on my blog-site and at the moment I’m choosing countries at random, however I am influenced by the countries that I can see in my “Feedjit Live Tracker” that visit my blog-site. If you have any request for your country and I haven’t posted it yet please let me know and I’ll endeavour to post an article as soon as possible. At the moment I am planning on doing my “in the international spotlight…” articles once a week ( either on a Wednesday or Thursday NZST) as researching a cricketing nations history and development takes a considerable amount of time, as well as doing my other regular articles and monitoring/responding to any comments I receive on this blog-site.

Note** I am also planning an “in the national spotlight…” series in which I hand-pick a cricket club from each New Zealand Province once a week. I’m anticipating that I will start this within the next 2 weeks (by the 13th/14th Feb 2008 NZST at the latest). If you have a club that you would like me to comment on please post a comment on this blog-site. I have thought of doing an “international club cricket spotlight…” series but have decided I will only do this if I get requests for it. If it proves to be popular I will make it a regular item.

Posted in Australia, Bart King, British colonies, Canada, Civil War, Cricket, Cricket pitch, development, maintenance, New York, North America, Ocean-liner, Philadelphia, Resources, Tour, USA | Leave a Comment »

Gilly’s retirement, what does this mean for the Aussies?

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 28, 2008

Just would like to say that it’s sad to see one of the cricketing greats leave the game, but like what I said about Sachin Tendulkar I am privileged and honoured to have witnessed such a brilliant career right from it’s on-set. Adam Gilchrist was to me the greatest wicketkeeper in modern times, and when he overhauled Mark Boucher’s ( South Africa) world record 414 test dismissals it cemented his place amongst the greats, though the thing I will always remember about Gilly’s career is the way he bludgeoned the ball to all parts of the ground, it was magic and he appeared to do it with nonchalent ease. He re-defined the wicketkeeper-batsman’s role in the team’s 11 and became an excellent role-model for all aspiring wicketkeepers, which brings me to the point about what my headline says. Who will be Adam Gilchrist’s next successor? Who will fill the void of nearly a decade of excellence? It seems that Australia has a huge depth in cricket talent and according to their sports development programs etc theres no doubt they will find a new “Gilchrist” somewhere in the huge pool of talent. Does anyone have an opinion on who the next Gilchrist will be?

Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist (Gilly)
Played Test cricket for Australia 1999 to 2008

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Gilly’s retirement, what does this mean for the Aussies?

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 27, 2008

Just would like to say that it’s sad to see one of the cricketing greats leave the game, but like what I said about Sachin Tendulkar I am privileged and honoured to have witnessed such a brilliant career right from it’s on-set. Adam Gilchrist was to me the greatest wicketkeeper in modern times, and when he overhauled Mark Boucher’s ( South Africa) world record 414 test dismissals it cemented his place amongst the greats, though the thing I will always remember about Gilly’s career is the way he bludgeoned the ball to all parts of the ground, it was magic and he appeared to do it with nonchalent ease. He re-defined the wicketkeeper-batsman’s role in the team’s 11 and became an excellent role-model for all aspiring wicketkeepers, which brings me to the point about what my headline says. Who will be Adam Gilchrist’s next successor? Who will fill the void of nearly a decade of excellence? It seems that Australia has a huge depth in cricket talent and according to their sports development programs etc theres no doubt they will find a new “Gilchrist” somewhere in the huge pool of talent. Does anyone have an opinion on who the next Gilchrist will be?

Adam Gilchrist

Adam Gilchrist (Gilly)
Played Test cricket for Australia 1999 to 2008

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Sachin Tendulkar- Todays’ Don Bradman? and a cricketing God!

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 25, 2008

39 Test centuries, what a fantastic achievement for one of the most legendary and revered cricketers in world cricket history. Sachin Tendulkar has been around for many years now on the international scene and has proved he is indeed a cricketing God. He has got 2 consecutive Test centuries against the worlds top Test nation, Australia, and the second one he belted all over the pitch was greatly helped by Australia’s left-arm Leg Spinner (left arm wrist spinners are called “chinamen”) Brad Hogg. I feel privileged to have witnessed a career of the greatest batsman in cricketing modern times and I’m sure Australia will miss him as it has been said that this will be his Australian swan-song in Test cricket, surely he would have caused numerous headaches on the various bowling attacks and partnerships Australia has thrown at him during his illustrious Test career but they would have learn’t a lot form his style of play and the ability to fight back and come back from injury (e.g his problems with tennis elbow) and admired it also. Of course Australia wasn’t the only country to be unlucky to have their bowling attacks and partnerships plundered all over the park, very few bowlers have been able to contain him or restrict his shot making abilities. I hope he comes to New Zealand some time soon as I would like to meet with him in person and even spend some time in the cricket nets with him. It has been a dream of mine to do that, not only with the great Tendulkar, but with my favourite cricketers (Chris Cairns, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, Shahid Afridi, and Muttiah Muralithuran). Even if I don’t get to achieve that dream I will still be greatful to have witnessed such an illustrious legendary career.

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Sachin Tendulkar- Todays’ Don Bradman? and a cricketing God!

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 25, 2008

39 Test centuries, what a fantastic achievement for one of the most legendary and revered cricketers in world cricket history. Sachin Tendulkar has been around for many years now on the international scene and has proved he is indeed a cricketing God. He has got 2 consecutive Test centuries against the worlds top Test nation, Australia, and the second one he belted all over the pitch was greatly helped by Australia’s left-arm Leg Spinner (left arm wrist spinners are called “chinamen”) Brad Hogg. I feel privileged to have witnessed a career of the greatest batsman in cricketing modern times and I’m sure Australia will miss him as it has been said that this will be his Australian swan-song in Test cricket, surely he would have caused numerous headaches on the various bowling attacks and partnerships Australia has thrown at him during his illustrious Test career but they would have learn’t a lot form his style of play and the ability to fight back and come back from injury (e.g his problems with tennis elbow) and admired it also. Of course Australia wasn’t the only country to be unlucky to have their bowling attacks and partnerships plundered all over the park, very few bowlers have been able to contain him or restrict his shot making abilities. I hope he comes to New Zealand some time soon as I would like to meet with him in person and even spend some time in the cricket nets with him. It has been a dream of mine to do that, not only with the great Tendulkar, but with my favourite cricketers (Chris Cairns, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, Shahid Afridi, and Muttiah Muralithuran). Even if I don’t get to achieve that dream I will still be greatful to have witnessed such an illustrious legendary career.

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Stickcricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 24, 2008

Just thought I would recommend an awesome online game to all you cricket lovers out there, to go to their website and play the game click http://www.stickcricket.com , they cater for both left handers and right handers. Does anyone know of free quality offline cricket games you can download to your P.C or laptop? Would appreciate it very much if someone can point me in the right direction:)

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Stickcricket

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 24, 2008

Just thought I would recommend an awesome online game to all you cricket lovers out there, to go to their website and play the game click http://www.stickcricket.com , they cater for both left handers and right handers. Does anyone know of free quality offline cricket games you can download to your P.C or laptop? Would appreciate it very much if someone can point me in the right direction:)

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Upcoming Test/O.D.I/Twenty20 series England vs New Zealand

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 23, 2008

Well finally we have a harder challenge ahead of us, England. Even though I respect the Bangladeshis as a team that is trying their best on the world cricketing stage they were hardly the warm-up we needed for the series against England. For example facing the bottom ranked cricketing nation (well countries that are eligible under the I.C.C to play test cricket) before facing perhaps one of the top cricketing nations makes our preperations just that bit harder. In the test rankings we are currently 7th and england is in the top 3/4, we have beaten them comprehensively in the test and one-day forms of cricket before (eg the 1999 series in England where we beat them by 9 wickets and won 2 tests on England soil for the 1st time, and in the 2002 season in new zealand where we bowled England out for less than 100 and beat them by something like 155 runs) but with the retirements of our leading players I ask the questions, are we up to the task,and can we pull off similar heroics as in 1999 and 2002? Theres no doubt that New Zealand will want to win matches and play well, just hope they can walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Its all very well that they have the desire of success in their heads its on the field in front of the opposition and the supporters that it seems to count the most. With respect to the Bangladeshis they definetly have the passion for the game, in time they will definetly improve all round, and after all it took New Zealand 26 years to win our 1st Test Match (it was against the West Indies in 1953) and the Bangladeshis took only 5 years (or thereabouts) so every team deserves respect no matter how lowly or highly they are in terms of rankings and abilities. It’s the passion and the love of the game that really counts.

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