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Holy Bat

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 13 December 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

As odd a piece of cricket memorabilia as you ever saw!

Meet John - he made his cricket icon - called the Holy Bat - in the late 1970s. John tells me that the bat is an ironic comment on
a series of 'golden ducks' (scores of zero) suffered by Australian batsmen at the time. The holes signify the batsmen playing and missing the ball; and also the ferocity of the West Indian fast bowling attack of that era.

We shall see how much luck still swings with the Holy Bat. Australia hosts India for a four-Test series this summer.

Doug Walters signed the Holy Bat. John also showed it to West Indian great Gordon Greenidge - who roared with laughter.

John has also painted some remarkable works of art. I hope to show you one of his paintings some time soon.

NIKON D5000 1/640 second F/8.0 ISO 200 90 mm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Génaial le trous dans la batte colorée quelle attitude, superbe.
Belle journée

13 Dec 2011 5:24am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

you've made my day!

13 Dec 2011 6:06am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very original and a superb portrait !

13 Dec 2011 6:17am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe !

13 Dec 2011 6:29am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Completely unusual! I like his sceptical pout! An alive and natural portrait!! Haughtiness!!

13 Dec 2011 6:50am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

NiCe catch :)

13 Dec 2011 7:12am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

That was one super fast bowler ;)

13 Dec 2011 7:45am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great shot
well done

13 Dec 2011 8:02am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Excellent Tuesday offering !

13 Dec 2011 8:39am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Cool !!...he faces fastest Bowler....thanks for Info.

13 Dec 2011 8:44am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great image, Happy ST

13 Dec 2011 8:55am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie prise ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

13 Dec 2011 9:08am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un excellent portrait ! très original!

13 Dec 2011 9:08am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I reckon this bat must have been used this week in the surprise Black Caps win;)

13 Dec 2011 9:24am

@kiwisa: No doubt!

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

That is an interesting memorabilia!! West Indies is not in the same form as they were in 70's. They just lost a test and one day series against India..

Looking forward to the Ind vs Aus series. Are you going to any of the match?

13 Dec 2011 9:28am

@Sarito: Thanks, Sarito. There is a three-day tour match in Canberra - I might try and get along for a session of play.

Mandar from Kudal, India

Whole Holy Bat....

13 Dec 2011 9:49am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Original portrait !

13 Dec 2011 10:27am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

He knocks too hardly ! Funny ! Phil

13 Dec 2011 10:31am

mayoline from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

Hahahah very funny!! ;-))

13 Dec 2011 10:42am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent :)

13 Dec 2011 10:57am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Powerful image friend. Without knowing exactly what he meant. I've read your words and are very interesting but extremely powerful image in itself .... A hug, Adela

13 Dec 2011 11:04am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Superb piece of history and humorous story - happy ST

13 Dec 2011 11:30am

Florence from Paris, France

Ahhah ! Very convenient to play baseball ! :-))))))))))

13 Dec 2011 11:41am

tataray from france, France

Génial .... Joyeux Mardi.))

13 Dec 2011 12:42pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I can see where this would aid in keeping that string of "golden ducks" alive! Happy Silly Tuesday Stephen! ;-)))

13 Dec 2011 12:48pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Mate, is it all right to wear a cork hat to the game? ;)

13 Dec 2011 12:55pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Ha ha... a wonderful portrait, bat, and story!

13 Dec 2011 2:08pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

Interesting story behind this very effective image!

13 Dec 2011 3:00pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

As if he's holding back all traffic...;-)))))))

13 Dec 2011 3:12pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Very interesting Holy bat. Well seen and presented. Great, Stephen. :)

13 Dec 2011 3:38pm

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Beautiful photography, magnificent !~

13 Dec 2011 4:25pm

Z from Shanghai, China

I don't know nothing about the cricket but the photography is really a brilliant one!

13 Dec 2011 4:30pm

fulgent from la roche sur yon, France

tristesse en ce jour ,mardissime

13 Dec 2011 4:31pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Wunderbares Portrait.

13 Dec 2011 5:20pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe portrait, bien vu

13 Dec 2011 5:32pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Symbolic of the times that the Windies had virtual howitzers in their attack! Their bowling these days hardly has enough strength to blow out a candle!

13 Dec 2011 5:45pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


13 Dec 2011 5:58pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is great, Stephen! Very funny story too... Thank you for this :-)

13 Dec 2011 6:30pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The colors of the bat stand out nicely in this composition. Intriguing story to go with it as well.

13 Dec 2011 6:37pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

very nice

13 Dec 2011 6:48pm

philippe from moselle, France

une bat pour les surdoués !!!

13 Dec 2011 9:02pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic portrait, great information and post. Have a nice day!

13 Dec 2011 10:10pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

That's a real eye-catcher !

13 Dec 2011 11:48pm


well done portrait shot!

14 Dec 2011 2:22am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

On dirait un chef de gare qui donne le signal du départ.
L'image est impeccable en tout cas.

14 Dec 2011 2:32am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Great find for Silly Tuesday! I thought the thrower had thrown a very fast ball ;-)))

14 Dec 2011 3:49am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

If we're getting into symbolism, well, where shall I start! But I won't! I like that it's in the colours of the Aboriginal flag. Well caught! :O)

14 Dec 2011 6:48am

franz from Baden, Austria

i know absolutely nothing about cricket, but i can see and appreciate that this is a hilarious "work of art" ... ;-))

14 Dec 2011 3:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine shot of John and his bat. This is the least boring thing I have seen regarding the sport. It even makes our baseball look exciting. ;–)

14 Dec 2011 7:16pm

Ani from Bordeaux, France

Superbe portrait Ralph !

14 Dec 2011 7:18pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Nice portrait with nice colors!

14 Dec 2011 11:29pm

1/640 second
ISO 200
90 mm