An appeal for no genitals

The little-known mode of dismissal 'no genitals' occurs when a member of the fielding side takes the field without their reproductive organs.

Shane Warne, having just bowled a delivery to Andrew Strauss, notices that Matthew Hayden has no genitals and consequently appeals. The other fielders join in, Hayden indicating that he is the subject of the appeal by thrusting his groin towards the umpire.

'No genitals' had been a rarely used mode of dismissal up until the 2005 Ashes series when it had to be withdrawn as the Australians came to rely on it as almost their sole means of dismissing opposing batsmen.

A certain amount of credit/guilt for this update should go to former Goodie, Tim Brooke-Taylor who described an appeal for LWB (large white baggies) in his book 'Tim Brooke-Taylor's Cricket Box'.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

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Anonymous Chris said...

I'm not sure this is quite correct. If you look at Ponting he has raised one finger. This suggests that what is being appealed is not No Genitals but rather One Ball (colloqually known as a 'Hitler').

The two are similar, except that the One Ball decision can only be made when the fielder is in the slips. This rule follows a scandal in the early 1950s when Cowdrey was given out because the fielder at backward short leg had only One Ball. This was deemed to be Cheating and Not On by the MCC, who subsequently made the rule change.

Interestingly, Matthew Hayden is the fielder most commonly associated with One Ball due to a talent he developed after a childhood accident. He is rarely involved in these decisions now as batsmen are aware of his ability.

The One Ball is not to be confused with the No Ball, which is an entirely different thing and is not made up.

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