Putting “the bash” in The Big Bash

The Australian domestic T20 competition is called “The Big Bash”. It may provide plenty of cricketing fireworks, but it’s a long way from the sort of bashing you might expect to occur on a Saturday night in Porirua. T20 might be cricket for the Facebook generation, but it is still at its core the gentlemanly game of cricket. In fact, in the history of test cricket, to my knowledge, there have been no real set-tos on the field of play. Tempers have flared, threats have most definitely been made, Australian bowler Dennis Lillee and Pakistani batsman Javed Miandad had to be separated in the middle of the pitch in 1981, and English batsman Jonathan Trott was accused of grabbing Pakistani bowler Wahab Riaz around the throat before a one-dayer at Lord’s even began in 2010. But generally speaking, in cricket, you can make nasty threats and posture all you like. Chances are, you’re not going to have to back your tough talk up with action.