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|The Rise of the Big Hitters Sports Articles | March 1 , 2010
With Sachin Tendulkar scoring a One Day International record, of 200 not out, history has been made. Should it be a surprise though, that such a score has been scored in the modern game? Since the inv...
With Sachin Tendulkar scoring a One Day International record, of 200 not out, history has been made. Should it be a surprise though , that such a score has been scored in the modern game? Since the invention of Twenty20 cricket, the speed of scoring has increased rapidly.
In One Day International cricket the RPO (runs per over), have been improving nearly year on year. In the nineties and up to 2001, the RPO on aggregate for the years One Day Internationals, were under 4.72. Since then only in 2003 has it dipped under that (to 4.67) and since 2005 has been near or over 5 RPO (5.1, 4.82 , 5.04, 4.93, 5.12, 5.32 consecutively). It was in 2005 that Twenty20 Internationals were introduced. Whether its a coincidence or not, big hitting is becoming increasingly the norm.
Even the long format of the game has seen an increase in fast scoring rates. In the nineties and the year 2000, the RPO (runs per over) in Test cricket were under 3 RPO. The RPO increased over the early nineties to 3.3 by 2004. Since then it has increased further (bar 2008) and is now at its highest at 3.45.
This change in style has transformed not just the game as a whole , but players careers. Darren Maddy might have been a forgotten man after his 3 test appearances. The invention of Twenty20 changed that. He soon took the game and boasts a Twenty20 average of 32.97 and a strike rate of 135.30. His Twenty20 International average isn't bad either at 28.25, with an incredible strike rate of 141.25. Its not a new thing for a player to break into the national team, just for shorter forms of the game. Neil Fairbrother was widely regarded as England's best one day batsman in the nineties. Making 75 appearances at an average of 39.47 and a strike rate of 72.06 (a fairly small figure, compared to the big hitters of the modern game). Yet despite all of those appearances, he only played 10 Test matches.
The question is, with the speed of scoring increasing in all formats , has the balance shifted? Could we now find that the big hitters, replace the Test stonewallers. There is already debate over whether the likes of Eoin Morgan can be moved into the England Test team, despite a relatively low first class average of 36.54.
If he gets into the team he could find new equipment to help him. As the scoring speed has increased, the bats have become more advanced. This has even included a bat to increase hitting power for boundaries (the Mongoose). Whether the equipment has made the difference, or the game has forced the equipment to change, is debatable. One thing is for sure though , cricket is faster paced than ever before.
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Being an expat in a foreign country where you don't speak the language is hard at the best of times. And if you're single with the most romantic day of the year looming, what do you do?
You could sit at home and feel sorry for yourself, but the modern expat in Europe is turning to exciting new ways of finding Mr or Mrs Right before February 14.
One way is through SpeedDating, where you get 25 different three-minute dates in one evening.
SpeedDating was nothing more than a fad in cities such as London and New York, but for expats in Europe, it's proving to be a lifesaver come February 14.
Many single expats find SpeedDating an attractive , safe and efficient alternative to the superficial bar scene and torturous three-hour blind dates.
A Valentine's edition of Expatica SpeedDate, in central Amsterdam, has proved so popular that people are queuing up just to be on the reserve list.
Although the concept was intended for English-speaking expatriates, more and more locals are looking to meet interesting international people.
But, is three minutes enough? Can you really meet Mr or Mrs Right? And if so, will it develop into a long-term relationship?
The answer to all three questions was " yes " for Canadian expat Jay Parker* who met Australian Monique Frey* at an Expatica SpeedDate evening in Amsterdam in 2002 -- and is about to get married. The happy couple now lives in Canada and last told Expatica they are busy in "wedding planning mode".
For those not quite bold enough to launch themselves into a room with complete strangers , an ever-increasing way of finding love is online. is the largest of the online dating sites, but it's not a great deal of use if, for example, you're an American living in Paris.
Enter - which runs Europe's largest online dating service for expats. With over 6,000 profiles online, Expatica Date provides a platform for lonely expats to meet up in a foreign land.
And the site appears to be doing the trick - Expatica often receives emails from happy couples boasting how they met on the site.
So , for those seeking romance for Valentines, there is help out there-if you're willing to post a profile online or blind date 25 people in one evening.
*Names have been changed to protect privacy
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