Are You Australia’s Ultimate Cricket Fan?

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January 15, 2018

So you think you know the Ashes, huh? We’ll see about that. Just because you’ve followed Shane Warne’s career with unbridled enthusiasm (and may or may not have been responsible for starting those Love Island rumours), it doesn’t mean you’ve got what it takes to be crowned Australia’s Ultimate Cricket Fan.

The real Test comes when you take this – our ultimate cricket quiz. A challenge that may in fact take you the length of an Ashes series to complete (five days, FYI). We should also let you know that, as well as determining whether you’re a sporting gun or a total dunce, your answers will reveal exactly which bevs you should be stocking up on, too. So choose wisely.

You’re up.

Q1. How long is the rectangular pitch that appears on the cricket field?
A. 22 yards
B. 22 metres
C. 26 standard cricket bat lengths

Q2. What is the slang ‘badged’ used to describe?
A. A batsman being hit on the helmet by the bowler’s ball
B. A player who has played 25 matches for their country
C. Supporters who are getting a bit lairy

Q3. What is the fastest speed a ball has ever been bowled during a cricket match?
A. 161.3km/h
B. 136.1km/h
C. Faster than a car? Nah. Maybe, like, 40km/h?

Q4. Which sport is widely thought to have been founded to keep cricketers fit in the off season?
A. Australian rules footy
B. English soccer
C. Darts

Q5. In what order are these Australian venues being played in the 2017/18 Ashes?
A. Gabba, Brisbane – Adelaide Oval – WACA, Perth – MCG, Melbourne – SCG, Sydney
B. WACA, Perth – Gabba, Brisbane – Adelaide Oval – MCG, Melbourne – SCG, Sydney

Q6. Who holds the record for the most career runs in an Ashes series?
A. Sir Don Bradman
B. Jack Hobbs
C. Freddy Flintoff

Q7. In what year did the first official Test series take place between Australia and England?
A. 1876
B. 1882
C. 1000 BC (feels like)

Q8. What is the core of a cricket ball made from?
A. Cork
B. Elm wood
C. Compacted ashes

Q9. In England, where is the final Test of an Ashes series traditionally played?
A. The Oval
B. Lord’s
C. Wembley Stadium

Q10. How did the series’ namesake ‘The Ashes’ originate?
A. A local British newspaper wrote an obituary announcing the ‘death’ of English cricket following the team’s defeat against Australia
B. England’s first match on Australian soil was played on an old burial site
C. A batsman lit up a cigarette while on the field and burnt the ground down to the…well…ground…

Mostly As

Drink: Pimms and Peach Punch

A truly stellar performance. Whether you’ve spent the past decade carefully honing your cricket craft or you’re just really good at Googling, it honestly doesn’t matter – you deserve a drink of champions.

And what could be more fitting than a tipple that flawlessly fuses the British and Australian cultures? Revel in your own genius, while enjoying this cocktail of Pimm’s and beer. Garnish with your own smugness. And mint.

Serves 6:

• 1 x 750ml bottle Bundaberg Ginger Beer, chilled
• 1 x 330ml bottle Summer Bright XXXX, chilled
• 500ml chilled lemonade
• 250ml Pimm's No. 1 Cup
• 2 peaches, halved, stones removed, cut into thin wedges
• 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
• Ice cubes, to serve

Combine the ginger beer, Summer Bright XXXX, lemonade, Pimm's, peach, mint and ice cubes in a large punch bowl or serving jug.

Mostly Bs

Drink: Ginger Beer Brew

Now, you’ve got some smarts when it comes to the old bat and ball, but it’s looking like there’s still some room for improvement here, pal.

We suggest you start brushing up on your knowledge by fixating your gaze relentlessly on the telly box this summer. Even better, invite your mates round for the match and soak up their knowledge – and this delish ice-cold brew – too.

Serves 4:

• 1L ginger beer
• 1 x 330ml bottle Summer Bright XXXX
• 500ml pineapple juice
• 90ml vodka
• 250ml soda water
• Ice cubes

Pour ginger beer into a large jug or mixing bowl and add the beer, pineapple juice, vodka and soda water. Stir until well combined. Serve immediately, with plenty of ice cubes.

Mostly Cs

Drink: Lemon Shandy

Look, we’ve got your number. You’re a social cricket fan at best. You like the get-togethers that come with the cricket turf, but you wouldn’t be able to tell a bowler from a batsman if you tried.

So, if you’re serious about summer seshes, but less so about the cricket, whip up a pitcher of this lemon shandy. That way, you can kick back and enjoy the (truly endless) hours of blissful ignorance, while your mates watch on in what can only be described as inconceivable awe.

Serves 6:

• 2 x 330ml bottles Summer Bright XXXX, pre-chilled
• 330ml sparkling apple juice, chilled
• 500ml lemonade, chilled
• 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
• 1 small red apple, thinly sliced
• 1 cup fresh mint

Combine the beer, juice and lemonade in a large jug. Add the lemon and apple slices. Gently stir to combine. Divide among glasses. Garnish with fresh mint.