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So. The first thing you need to know is that the two innings per team thing only applies in test cricket. A test match lasts up to five days. There are food breaks and tea breaks. Everyone wears white, goes home for a nice sleep at the end of the day, and picks up where they left off the next morning.
Then there's limited overs cricket, which was introduced when it became apparent that people could no longer afford to take days and days off work during the week to go to the cricket. So they created one day cricket, where each team has 50 overs (1 over = six balls) to try and score as many runs as possible. And finally, a few years ago, 20/20 cricket was created, where each team has 20 overs to try and score as many runs as possible.
Basically, 20/20 goes for about 4 hours, one day cricket goes for 8 hours, and test match cricket goes for 5 days. And there are weirdly named fielding positions like 'silly mid-on' and 'square leg' and 'deep cover' and 'third man'. If you have questions, let me know and I'll
ANYINSANELYLONGTANGENT, we went to a 20/20 game at the MCG. As C and most of his friends are MCC members, we were going to get me a guest ticket and we'd sit in the members' reserve. But when we got there, we realised that one of the guys wasn't wearing a collared shirt. So no entry to the members' for us, because they have
We ended up with pretty good seats (they're not allocated), considering we got there about 5 minutes before the game started. The Melbourne Stars (who were the home team - Melbourne Renegades are based at Etihad Stadium) batted first, and got off to a pretty good start. C neglected to mention to me that whenever the home team scored a 4 or a 6, fireworks and fireballs were set off. I don't know why he didn't tell me - that would have been a much more compelling argument than "Shane Warne's playing!".
This has officially gotten way wordier than I was planning. Long story short, the game was rained out, we wound up on the big screen at the MCG, the Melbourne Stars won, and my telephoto lens came along for the ride:
|I'm pretty sure it should be a rule that cameramen have to ride Segways now|
|Luke Wright batting|
|Luke Wright batting|
|Me and 40,000 of my closest friends|
|David Hussey batting|
|I have no idea who this is. FAIL.|
|Someone had clearly just scored a 4, resulting in fireballs. WHEEEEEE!!!|
|David Hussey bowling|
Who else spent the summers of their childhood being confused by the menfolk spending days at a time crowded around the television??