The ball of the century

[Episode 2 | 1998 : Mohammed]

Mohammed and his father discuss playing soccer, but Mohammed is not convinced he wants to take up the sport. His grandmother replays Shane Warne bowling a leg break to English batsman Mike Gatting during the 1993 Ashes series. They discuss the 'Magnus effect', which causes the ball to spin.


The Australian curriculum: English

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The Australian Curriculum: English aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

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Activity 1: Cricket passion
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Subtheme(s): Entertainment and games; Language and scripting
  • Sport is a universal activity that crosses age, race and religion. Mohammed and his grandmother have much in common as they use the video recorder to replay Warnie's 'ball of the century' at Old Trafford in Manchester.
  • Survey the class to find out who understands what Mohammed and his grandmother are talking about when they discuss the finer points of cricket.
  • Discuss how Mohammed and his grandmother (who is not Muslim) share an interest. Ask if any students in the class share a strong interest with someone in their family or circle of friends. Discuss why this might be important. Ask students to think about an interest they could share with someone else, and what they could do to find someone to share it with.
  • List the specialised cricket terminology used in this clip such as leg break, thrusting left pad, dislodging bales, straight down the pitch, Old Trafford. Ask an expert from the class or the school to explain the finer points of cricket and its scoring rules to the class.

  • Have students work in small groups to research a sport or hobby they are passionately interested in and then make a presentation to the class about the activity and their achievements in it. They should include specialist language and terms, information about favourite or well-known players or participants, titles of books on the subject, statistics on who is interested in the activity, and reasons why such an activity appeals to people.


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