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Here is Will and Guy's collection of amusing cricket nicknames.

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Mark Waugh was known as Afghanistan since he was often the forgotten Waugh; also he was known as Audi after he got 4 ducks in a row which were recorded in the scorebook as 0000.

Steve Waugh, on the other hand was known as Tugga or Drobe.

Dizzy (Jason) Gillespie (After the Jazz artist)

Glen McGrath = pigeon ??????????????

Don Bradman = The Don

Ritchie Benaud = Diamonds

Ricky Ponting = Punter

Shane Warne = Warney, Hollywood, The Sheikh of Tweak

English Cricketer's Nicknames

Marcus Trescothick = Banger (Loves eating sausages apparently)

Michael Vaughan = Vaughny!!!!! and Virgil (Thunderbirds)

Andrew Flintoff = Freddie (After Freddie Flintstone the cartoon character)

Derek Randall = Arkle (Reflects his speed when fielding)

Ashley Giles = King of Spain ( Ashley ordered several coffee mugs to be made to sell to raise money in his testimonial year. Apparently they were to have read ' The King of Spin' . They didn't and the rest is history as they say)

Robert Russell = Jack (Excellent wicketkeeper/ batsman for Gloucestershire and England. Also an excellent painter)

Phil Tufnell = The Cat (Phil liked taking naps)

Chris Old was known as Chilli (C Old)

Graham Dilley was known as Picca

Graham Gooch of course was Zap (Emilio Zapata moustache)

W.G. Grace - the Doctor

Ian Botham = Beefy

Paul Collingwood = Nice Ginger

Kevin Pietersen = K.P.

Keith Fletcher = The Gnome of Essex

Derek Underwood - Deadly


An update on Cricketer's Nicknames - Aussie Twenty20 team

The Aussie Twenty20 team took to the field against England in January 2007 with their nicknames on the back of their shirts. Thus we learn:

  1. Adam Gilchrist - Church. Because the last syllable of his surname is "Christ"
  2. Matthew Hayden - Haydos. Not the most imaginative choice
  3. Ricky Ponting - Punter. He likes a bet, especially on the horses and the dogs
  4. Mike Hussey - Huss. His name would be his nickname if his nickname was his name. Get it?
  5. Andrew Symonds - Roy. His dad's choice, after Roy of the Rovers.
  6. Michael Clarke - Clarkey. Yet another unimaginative one
  7. Cameron White - Bear. Apparently because he is believed to resemble the Bundaberg Rum Bear, a polar bear used to advertise an Australian spirit
  8. Brad Hogg - George. Brad is his middle name - George is his first
  9. Nathan Bracken - Andy G. He looks like Andrew Gunsberg, host of reality show Australian Idol
  10. Ben Hilfenhaus - Hilfy. It's easier to say than Hilfenhaus
  11. Shane Harwood - Stickers. Because of his liking for tattoos.

True story from 1976

BBC announcer - ' Its over to Brian Johnson and the latest Cricket from the Oval' .

Brian Johnston : 'The bowler's Holding; the batsmen's Willey' .

(Peter Willey was England's number 6 and he did not last long.)

History repeats

I really cannot read what Harbhajan is doing between his balls.
(Radio 4 Commentator Henry Blofeld, on the pre-delivery wrist exercises of Indian off-spin bowler Habhajan Singh.)

See another interesting cricket report.


Indian Cricketer's Nicknames

Sachin Tendulkar = Little Master

Saurav Ganguly = Maharaj, Prince of Calcutta, Dada, Bengali Tiger

Harbhajan Singh =The Turbanator, Bhajji (by team-mates)

Anil Kumble = Jumbo

Rahul Dravid = The Wall (Difficult to bowl at or get out)

Pakistan Cricketer's Nicknames

Wasim Akram = Prince of Pakistan, Sultan of Swing

Inzamam ul Haq = Aloo (potato)

Saqlain Mushtaq = Saqi, Professor (wears glasses and outsmarts the batsman)

Shoaib Akhtar = Rawalpindi Express (Fastest bowler in the world born in Rawalpindi)

South African Cricketer's Nicknames

Allan Donald = White Lightning (Extremely fast bowler)

Lance Klusener = Zulu

Graeme Pollock - The Little Dog

Peter Pollock - The Big Dog

Shaun Pollock - Polly

Sri Lankan Cricketer's Nicknames

Muttiah Muralitharan - The Smiling Assassin, Murali

West Indian Cricketer's Nicknames

Joel Garner - Big Bird

Brian Lara - The Prince

Clive Lloyd - Super Cat

Whispering death Michael Holding

Cricket Commentators' Nicknames

Henry Blofeld - Blowers

Bill Frindall - The Bearded Wonder

Brian Johnston - Johnners

Christopher Martin-Jenkins - CMJ

Cricket Umpires' Nicknames

Harold Bird = Dickie Bird

Brent Bowden - Billy

Steve Bucknor - Slow Death

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