While the term FB will in due course enter the language, meaning an unfunny joke often making irrelevant reference to empire biscuits, FB can think of no cricketers whose name continues to have a wider meaning. Boycott is of course in wide usage, but the origins of the word do not derive from Geoffrey Boycott and the word does not mean to bat single-mindedly with an eye on one's average. Instead it derives from the name of a 19th Century Anglo-Irish estate manager, Charles Boycott, whose high rents and evictions caused rent strikes and other protest action which came to be referred to as boycotts. It therefore has nothing to do with cricket.
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In modern times Dilshan may have got near having his name outlive him - for a time the outrageous shot of his invention was described as the Dilshan scoop, but it now seems unlikely to be shortened to the Dilshan and most commentators now simply refer to it as the scoop. So is poetry lost in favour of the prosaic.
|Heath Robinson - top the Out Bell or the umpire's friend; |
bottom, the wicket twister to save the fieldsmen
moving at the end of the over; the blocking bat,
and the the bat for scoring off wides
Anything therefore could be described as a Heath Robinson device or affair. One of the more celebrated examples is one of the automatic analysis machines built for Bletchley Park during the Second World War to assist in the decryption of German message traffic was named Heath Robinson in his honour. It was a direct predecessor to the Colossus, the world's first programmable digital electronic computer. At the other end of the scale, when critics describe FB's approach to captaincy as a bit Heath Robinson, the meaning is self evident.
FB is unsure whether Heath Robinson played cricket himself, but he certainly seems to have regarded it with affection for there are several cartoons in which he presents various ways of improving the game. Happy Birthday.
|'Some ingenious suggestions |
for giving the bowler a better chance'