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    bastmanship

    Driving down the east of Guyana for about an hour, through beautiful sights of the Guyanese heartland, is a small village called Unity.

    And this is where you can trace the roots of one of the legends of East Indian bastmanship. This is the home of a man by the name of Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
    Please explain the highlighted words.

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    Re: bastmanship

    I think it should be "batsmanship" instead, which would refer to the skill level? of cricket players. Is anyone more familiar with cricket that could explain this in further detail?

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    Re: bastmanship

    Yes, it's batsmanship. It can refer to skill-level - as in 'You'd better improve your batsmanship' - but in this case it's referring generally to the history of cricketers who were noted for their batting.

    Incidentally, a "batsman" would (I think) be a 'batter' in AmE, and in Australian English, and as Australian cricket/cricketers have such an influence of English cricket (especially commentary) the word "batter" is being used more and more - it also has the advantage of being politically correct (for people who can't tell the difference between /mæn/ and /mən/ ).

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