Monday, March 06, 2006
Photo: Charles Dharapal-AP
Bush having a go at cricket on his recent India/Pakistan trip.
Very sensibly he's being tossed tennis balls, not a cricket ball (which is the same weight as a regulation baseball--5-1/2 oz--but something like twice as hard).
He's off the crease (meaning he's not protecing the wicket behind him) which is understandable.
Interestingly the wicket has no "bails"--horizontal rods that fit atop and across the wicket that fly off when the wicket is hit ( making it plain that the batsman has been bowled out).
No doubt Bush was briefed on the game of cricket for his trip and it may have gone something like this:
There are of course two sides.
The game begins with one side being in, but that doesn’t mean the other side is out.
The players who are in are bowled six balls at a time, which is called an over.
When the over is over, one of the players on the side that is in may now be out.
So the player who is out goes in because he’s out whilst another player from the side that’s in goes out because he’s now in.
If both players who are in go out, then they both go in whilst two more players from the side that’s in go out to be in until they are out and so on.
When the side that was in are all out, the side that wasn’t in (but wasn't out of course) goes out and tries to stay in whilst the side that was in but is now out comes out and tries to get the side that is now in, out.
Of course if the side that is in still has players who are in when the overs are over, those players are declared not out, but they can’t stay in because the other side has to go out because they are in and the side that was in, even though they aren’t out, are out and have to come in.
So that side then comes in and the other side goes out because they are now in.
Then it’s time for tea so both sides, whether in or out or somewhere in-between, come in before they go out again.
The game isn’t over until both sides have been in and out and all the overs are over, unless one side, in or out, declares that the game is over because there aren’t enough overs left to go out and stay in.
The winner is often the side that has been in more than out with more not-outs when the overs are over, or even when the overs aren’t over but the game is.