2017 Australian Cricket Quiz

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What a year 2017 was for Australian cricket! Regaining the Men’s Ashes! Retaining the Women’s Ashes! Visiting the Champion’s Trophy!

Test how well you remember the past year of cricket by taking the 2017 Australian cricket quiz.

1. During the Australia-Pakistan ODI series in January, what was impossible to see?

A. That Pakistan would bounce back from a 4-1 defeat to win the Champion’s Trophy later in the year
B. Any possible way of taming David Warner
C. The top of Billy Stanlake’s head
D. The point of any of it, really

2. What was the most remarkable stat about the Stoinis-Hazlewood partnership in the first match of the Chappell-Hadlee ODI Series in February?

A. Marcus Stoinis made 146 (117), the highest ever score by an Australian number 7 in an ODI
B. In that 54 run last wicket partnership, Josh Hazlewood did not face a single ball
C. Hazlewood’s eventual run out was the first time he’d ever been dismissed in an ODI
D. Wait. There was a Chappell-Hadlee series?

3. Which Australian player’s effort to avoid the Chappell-Hadlee series was the most impressive?

A. Captain Steve Smith, who missed the tour with a minor ankle injury
B. Vice-captain Dave Warner, who missed the tour for a rest
C. Stand-in captain Matthew Wade, who left the tour before the first game with back spasms
D. Non-captain Glenn Maxwell, who showed up at an opposition player’s press conference disguised as a mild-mannered reporter

4. In the Test series against India in March, what did Steve Smith explain away as the result of a ‘brain fade’?

A. Looking to the dressing room for help on DRS
B. The initial portion of his career
C. The adoption of ‘The Bendemeer Bullet’ as Josh Hazlewood’s new nickname
D. All of the above

5. While on the tour of India, Glenn Maxwell scored his first Test century despite:

Stats for the best Tests - the ones featuring Glenn Maxwell

Making it fair

A. A broken bat
B. Batting above Matthew Wade
C. His hatred of Base Ten milestones
D. The nagging sense that the selectors would inexplicably drop him for the Australian summer

6. Following Australia’s tour of India, what did Virat Kohli declare ‘had changed, for sure’?

A. His level of friendship with some of the Australian players
B. Matt Renshaw’s trousers
C. Which shoulder he’d allegedly injured
D. His batting average

7. What did Australia least enjoy seeing during the Champion’s Trophy in June?

A. Rain, during the game against New Zealand
B. Showers, during the game against Bangladesh
C. Precipitation, during the game against England
D. A Marks and Spencer umbrella sale, the day they flew back to Australia

8. What did most observers of the Bangladesh-Australia Test series in September agree was truly disgusting?

A. Pete Handscomb vomiting all over the place
B. The return of Matt Wade’s pickle juice
C. Usman Khawaja running himself out trying to take a quick single after not playing a shot
D. The fact that Australia hadn’t played there in eleven years

9. Hilton Cartwright opened the batting for Australia during the first two games of the ODI series in India later in September. For the love of god, why?

A. Because Aaron Finch had missed the plane
B. So Steve Smith could win back Virat Kohli’s friendship
C. It was part of an elaborate drinking game
D. Trick question. There’s no such thing as a Hilton Cartwright

10. Which of these was not described as a ‘Ball of the Century’?

A. Amanda Wellington’s leg-spinner that bowled Tammy Beaumont
B. Mitchell Starc’s delivery that jagged back off a crack to bowl James Vince
C. Steve Smith’s long-hop that Alastair Cook belted through square leg to bring up a ton at the MCG
D. Jake Ball

11. During the Women’s Ashes in November, why were Ellyse Perry’s celebrations on hitting a double century cut short?

A. Because the six to bring up the milestone was shown to have only been a four
B. Because Cricket Australia’s streaming of the match had dropped out yet again
C. Because it was at North Sydney Oval where scoring double centuries doesn’t count
D. So a member of the crowd could mansplain her achievement to her

12. What was clocked at well over 150km/hr?

A. Pat Cummins’ effort ball
B. Sarah Taylor’s hands while performing a stumping
C. Ben Duckett’s plane home
D. People fleeing the Moeen Ali bandwagon

13. What was heavier than it initially appeared?

A. Cameron Bancroft’s head
B. Cameron Bancroft’s press conference
C. Cameron Bancroft’s declining Test average
D. All of the above

14. What finally dried up the WACA wet patch that threatened to ruin the final day of the Third Ashes Test in December?

A. Leaf blowers
B. Hair dryers
C. The sun
D. The endless hot air emanating from everybody at the ground talking non-stop about it

15. Despite losing the Ashes, England were still able to console themselves with the knowledge that:

A. Alastair Cook had returned to form
B. It was Half-Price Pint night at the Avenue Bar in Perth
C. Ben Stokes had enjoyed a really swell holiday in New Zealand
D. They had foisted the Marsh brothers on Australia for the foreseeable future

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