50. The Best Wicket Celebration.
The “Dennis Does Cricket Top 50 Moments of the Year” are back with a vengeance.
To kick it off, let’s go to one of those far out places rarely spoken about in cricketing circles.
Ok, so their results for the year were pretty awful. Much like Carlton or Newcastle. However, this wicket taking celebration by Panyangara is pretty special. That’s about as good as it got for Zimbabwe this year.
49. What is a Fekete?
Yeah, I have no idea either.
However, it was selected for the cancelled Australian tour of Bangladesh. After a quick wiki search, we learned he was a fast bowler of sorts. Not the good sort though, as after two Shield matches, he was dropped from his state team.
48. Ian Bell finally dropped from the Test team
After 118 matches, the English selectors finally worked out that this bloke wasn’t really as good as we thought he may be.
However, the English press didn’t quite agree. Nor did Kevin Pietersen, who released a stinging video in support of his mate. However, KP conveniently forgot to mention that his sports management company has Bell as a client.
47. Akmal Brothers Caught With Prostitutes
Pakistan hit the scoreboard with this little ripper.
Umar and Adnan Akmal were arrested by police after being caught at a party full of prostitutes. It got them dropped from Pakistan’s T20 squad.
Shane Warne says he doesn’t know what all the fuss is about?
After an “internal investigation”, they were found to be innocent and were reinstated. Shame. The story was so much better before the second half of it
46. James Faulkner caught drink driving
With The Ashes underway and a 5 match ODI series coming up, James Faulkner decided to drive drunk. He didn’t decide to get caught, but that happened too.
Australia’s response was to cull him from all international duty for the English tour. Meanwhile, back in Australia, Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge did the same thing. The AFL rewarded him with a premiership medal.
45. Finn takes worst hat trick of all time
There is no such thing as a bad hat-trick. Well, that used to be the case until Finn’s effort in the World Cup opener against Australia at the MCG.
With three balls left in the innings and Australia on 342 runs, Mitch Marsh, Haddin and Johnson all holed out swinging.
Not one of those balls deserved a wicket. Finn ended up with 5/71. The worst 5’fer ever seen.
44. Afghan beats Zimbabwe in 5 match ODI series
One of the critical issues facing world cricket is the lack of growth.
For a country that has been ravished by war, it’s remarkable that the sport has thrived. Amazingly, cricket is supported by the Taliban.
No non Test playing nation had ever been a Test playing one in an ODI series. This year, the Afghans made it happen. A healthy sign for the future of the game.
43. Pakistan rise to #2 in Test match rankings.
This story probably deserves to rank higher, but given you are an Aussie audience, it’s safe down here at 43.
Pakistan haven’t played a Test on home soil since the birth of Jesus due to security fears. Instead, all their home series have been played in the UAE. Their captain is 41 years old. They have little money. Yet somehow, they beat both Australia and England this year to claim the number 2 ranking behind South Africa. Brilliant.
42. Warne’s mural
One off the strangest stories of the year, but so very Shane Warne.
He commissioned a painting on his wall of him and his best mates enjoying a BBQ by the pool. His mates included Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Clarke. It also has Angelina Jolie topless.
On ya Warnie.
41. All Stars go to USA
Under the loose veiled guise of “Taking cricket to the USA”, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne decided to grab some of the closest friends plus Ajit Agarkar and head to America.
Three T20 matches were played on baseball fields, with fans charged up to USD$300 to see some old blokes slogging.
The Indian expats loved it. The rest of us shook our heads.
40. Ben Stokes obstructing the field
Is there anything better than a Pom getting out to a rare kind of dismissal and then sooking about it?
In a post Ashes ODI, Mitchell Starc attempted to run Ben Stokes out. He chose to stop the ball with his hand and was given out. The English press went into meltdown. Kiwi captain Brendan McCullum said that Steve Smith would regret not calling Stokes back..
We just reckon he broke the laws of cricket and was given out correctly. Stop your crying