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Friday, March 18, 2005

Cricketing Cliche 26

Hold the key.

A newspaper headline today declared that Younis Khan and Yousuf Youhana "hold the key" for Pakistan. This is terribly common usage, and in every match, someone or something always holds the key for both sides. These could include (cliches coming up) the lynchpin of the batting, the tireless spinner, the pitch that would deteriorate on the fourth and fifth days, and even the threat of rain.

There's a blockbuster film in this somewhere, with terrorists kidnapping a scientist who holds the key to a rain machine and threatening to rain out a Test match. The film could end with a wet item number on an erotic 22-yard strip.

Or maybe not.
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