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Why are cricket scores represented as wickets/runs in Australia as opposed to the more commonly used runs/wickets in other cricketing nations, and is this format unique to Australia?

Question #131208. Asked by Aussiedrongo.
Last updated Jul 28 2021.
Originally posted May 30 2013 8:21 PM.

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The first scoreboard in Australia showed wickets before runs, and people just got used to saying the score the way it was on the scoreboard. no longer exists

When the first scoreboard was built in Australia about 1890 it had wickets before runs, therefore it become customary to say the score the same as it read on the scoreboard, like 2-78 instead of 78-2, since all scoreboards built after that were probably built with the same design its difficult to change a tradition that has lasted for generations.


Response last updated by gtho4 on Jul 28 2021.
May 30 2013, 9:17 PM
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It is unique to Australia. Our closest cricketing neighbour, NZ, do not score the same way as us.

May 30 2013, 9:21 PM
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