Aussie Test star Marnus Labuschagne has a crush on CRINNIS, a cross between cricket and tennis, and wants his teammates David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja to do it.
- A video has been shared online showing the hybrid sport of tennis and cricket.
- Players use cricket bats to hold rallies and try to beat their opponents.
- He has caught the attention of Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne.
- Now he wants to play the sport with teammates, including Warner and Smith.
A video of a new hybrid sport fusing tennis and cricket caught the eye of an Australian Test star, with Queenslander Marnus Labuschagne eager to give it a go.
Crinnis’ sport combines elements of tennis and cricket and Labuschagne shared a video of the sport on Twitter, urging some of his Test teammates to try it out with him.
‘When are we going to play David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja?’ Labuschagne asked.
The rules are very simple. It follows the same basic formats as doubles tennis, except players use cricket bats instead of tennis rackets.
To return the ball over the ‘net’, players must first hit the ball to the ground so that it goes over the top in a single bounce. If the ball bounces twice on their side of the court or goes out of bounds, a point is awarded to the opposing team.
The video was shared by Indian cricket fan Prabhanjan Badami, showing four players on a basketball court using net benches practicing the sport.
Cricket fans were taken aback by the video and asked what it would be like if professional athletes decided to give it a try.
One fan said that the combination of Labuschagne and Warner left-handed and right-handed would be the ultimate pairing.
Perfectly chosen. There has to be a left right combination for this if you want to play competitively. Otherwise you would feel handicapped on the one hand as pulling back and driving straight backwards is not easy on a regular basis,” they tweeted.
Marnus Labuschagne was very excited to learn about the new hybrid sport and wants to try it out.
Batsmen can block shots over the net or they can play shots to beat their opponent.
Another joked that Labuschagne and Smith, known for their idiosyncrasies, would have to come up with new calls and antics for Crinnis.
‘Well, you and Smith are going to be interesting in this…what are you going to yell…as for “No Run” in Cricket…and drop the balls with your perfect technique that we all love?’ posted fan.
Another cricket lover said it would be interesting to see how the West Indies’ heavy hitters could control their aggression at Crinnis.
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‘Unique way of playing tennis. Do you want to see Chris Gayle? [Kieron] lopped tree, [Andre] Russell playing this game,” they posted.
While it won’t be played on a basketball court and there will be no tennis rules, Australian cricket fans will have the chance to see the successful Windies team this summer.
Australia play the West Indies in an international Twenty20 series starting on October 5 ahead of the World Cup on home soil, while the Windies will also tour for two Test matches this summer.