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One of the fun things about Twenty20 cricket is that it doesn’t so much evolve but mutates constantly like an indecisive amoeba. Hence one minute there’ll be slower ball yorkers, then slower ball bouncers, then slower ball ones three foot outside off-stump. Batsmen have perfected the sweep, the reverse sweep, the slog sweep, the reverse slog sweep, the paddle, the periscope, the scoop, the Dilshan scoop, the falling scoop, the ice-cream scoop, the pooper scoop, and the minestrone scoop.

All of which require an extra elasticity on the part of the batter, a point I have illustrated with the use of some rubbish Photoshopping. Okay so I have the skills of a cack-handed penguin but here it is: Brendon McCullum, first-class scooper and 1997 Dunedin Schools Twister Champion:

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Written by harrisharrison

March 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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