I can’t remember if I’ve had cause to mention this before, but The Beast is an Australian. This may explain his reaction to the news last week of England winning The Ashes series 3-1: he was throwing up the following morning. Of course an English cat would not have reacted in such an extreme way. Partly because of a stiff upper lip, but largely because it would have got used to results like that as a kitten.
I mention this just so i can link to some succour I found for The Beast, and for other Aussies, from a stats paper published in 1993 – the year of this famous delivery:
Which is worth watching carefully, not so much because of the amount the ball turned, but for its trajectory in the air (I think it starts on the line of middle and off).
But back to the paper. I blogged about it on the blog of Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society. The blog is a fairly new enterprise, with several statisticians writing about stats. My post is about the hazards of batting, and shows how good Don Bradman was (not that we need telling).
The Beast, by the way, tells me that he prefers the shorter forms of cricket. With the attention span he has, I think this means One1 cricket, rather than Twenty20.