• noun an individual or team score of 87 runs (or of 187, 287 etc), which in Australian cricket is generally regarded as very unlucky. 87 is the Australian equivalent of England’s Nelson , and probably derives from the fact that the score is an ’unlucky 13’ runs short of 100. As with Nelson, the evidence in support of the superstition is not particularly convincing. As Bernard Whimpress writes in the Oxford Companion to Australian Sport (1992): ‘The myth-makers would have us believe that 87 is a dread score, yet among the 348 cricketers who have represented Australia in 501 Test matches up to mid-1990, only eleven have had this number recorded against their name’.