Tuesday, 16 April 2013

John Bracewell: Introducing new terminology for winning

King John clearly has a very different strategy in mind in order to get the best out of the Gloucester youngsters this year; talking nonsense.

In an interview with BBC Radio Bristol, John described our bowling at Chelmsford last week as

"We're probably slightly short of a trot on our bowling combinations but we've probably learnt more positives than negatives."

What the hell does that mean? What is a 'trot'?

We're aware of using the word trot in regards to a period of time (i.e. Alex Gidman is going through a bad trot) but this doesn't really make any sense in the context of what King John is saying. but then maybe this is the point. Has Bracewell decided that with such a young squad, packed full of players who only know how to speak in text speak and struggle form sentences of more than 140 characters, that the best way to motivate the lads is to invent words to make them feel better.

Essentially Bracewell is saying 'we didn't have much depth to our bowling after we'd made the early breakthrough with the new ball'. However, to not dispirit the boys he is going to come up with his own phrases to throw them off.


  1. Being short of a trot means that they were struggling to go faster than walking pace. ie they weren't ready.

    It's not a particularly uncommon thing for someone from the middle of NZ's North Island to say.

    1. Mykuhl, thanks for clearing this up for us. One of the benefits of the Jessop Tavern View's cosmopolitan international readership is that we don't have to rely on our own, limited knowledge of Kiwi slang!