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Playing The World Cup By Numbers

Cricket is a game that loves statistics, so with the World Cup starting today in Australia and New Zealand we thought we would share some on the tournament.

As most fans will know there will be 49 matches over 44 days between 14 teams played at 14 venues, seven in New Zealand and seven in Australia. It will be interesting to see if after 44 days everyone’s interest is still as high as at the start. The one criticism of this tournament in recent times has been that it has dragged on too long. The target is a billion expected viewers on television around the world, that too will be tested if it does start to drag.

The total prize money up for grabs is $11.5million with the winner taking home $4.3million. There is an additional $4.6million if a team goes through the tournament unbeaten. The losing finalist will go home with $2million. The losing semi finalists will each receive $692,000 while the losing quarter finalists receive $346,000. For winning your group and remember there are only two groups these teams will pick up $52,000 each. The six teams eliminated from the tournament at the group stage will receive $40,000 each. Should just cover the airfares and accommodation!

Looking at some of the history Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest run scorer in World Cup history having played 45 matches he accumulated 2,278 runs at an average of 56.9. Ricky Ponting is second with 1743 in 46 matches at an average of 45.8 and West Indian Brian Lara third with 1225 in 34 matches at an average of 42.2.

The highest individual score record goes to South African Gary Kirsten who scored 188 against the UAE in 1996.

The leading wicket taker in World Cup history is Australia’s Glenn McGrath with 71 wickets in 39 games. Second is Sri Lanka’s Muralitharan with 68 wickets in 40 matches, while Pakistan’s Wasim Akram is third with 55 wickets in 38 matches. It is worth noting that Glenn McGrath is the only player in the top five to have taken a five wicket haul twice.

Adam Gilchrist is the number one wicket-keeper with 52 dismissals in 31 matches 45 caught and seven stumped. Sangakarra is second with 46 dismissals 36 caught and 10 stumped. South African Mark Boucher comes in at four with 31 dismissals all caught, the only one in the top five with no stumpings.

There are some records in One Day International cricket that are unlikely to be broken during the world cup but should be looked out for: Rohit Sharma’s highest ODI score for India v Sri Lanka of 264 in 2014. In that innings he hit a record 33 fours.

South African Herschelle Gibbs hit six sixes of Dan van Bunge’s fourth over during the 2007 World Cup in St Kitts. All of the legitimate deliveries in the over went for six!

Chaminda Vaas took eight wickets for Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe in Colombo in 2001, the only eight wicket haul in ODI’s. HIs figures were 8 overs, 3 maidens 8 wickets for 19 runs.

The highest ODI score by a team is 443 by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006. While the record stand in ODI history was between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999 when the put on 331 for the second wicket.

Will any of these records tumble in the next 44 days? It will be a display to remember if they are.

February 14, 2015 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

No To Big Boy’s Toys. Is There Another Option?

” A big boy needs a big bat” says West Indies opener Chris Gayle in response to the International Cricket Council’s proposed crackdown on the size of bats ahead of the World Cup.

He has received strong support from former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, “I think that if players like Gayle and Warner are strong enough to lift a bat that heavy at that speed, then good for them, it makes the game a hell of a lot more exciting.” He is quoted as saying.

However not everyone agrees. After all the modern game of cricket, especially in Australia has become a game totally dominated by batsman as the wickets already give the bowlers little help. Many remember how tennis has changed dramatically and become all about power rather than finesse since wooden racquets became a thing of the past. Has the power really made Tennis a better game to watch?

Former Australian Test Captain Ian Chappell is one man who backs the ICC in this move. He has said that the increase in the thickness of the willow put the umpires and bowlers at risk of injuries. Not a reason many expected. Chappell however saved his main criticism of the ICC claiming that they had woken up too late and being behind on so many issues affecting the game, including the size of bats.

“At long last the ICC has decided there’s a problem with the bats. They are being hailed as too good and disturbing the balance between bat and ball. This combined with the fact that the ICC also recently decreed that shorter boundaries are contributing to the problem, is a classic case of being way behind the game.” He said.

One has to agree, and if the ICC does not soon start monitoring the state of the wickets prepared and ensuring that there is something in them for the bowlers we are likely to see the standard of bowling dip even further than it already has at international level in the past ten years. What incentive is there for a bowler to toil so hard when the odds are stacked so heavily against them.

Another change we have discussed on the show on many occasions is that the ICC should take away the restriction on the number of overs bowled. Batsmen do not have to retire at 50, so why should a bowler have to stop after 10 overs. People want to see a battle between bat and ball, and if a team has a bowler like Glenn McGrath who is hard to get away, or a Shane Warne pinning down one end why should they be prevented from using them? If the game is going to become more of an even contest then something has to start going in favour of the bowler.

As for the size of the bat, it has impacted the game. Has it had a positive impact? Some will say yes, as has been shown, but for everyone who says yes, there will be another who says no.

February 10, 2015 at 1:38 am Leave a comment

Time to Bat For the Blues?

As another year comes to an end many will take time out to look back on the past twelve months, while others will focus on what lies ahead.

One thing that lies ahead is the final test match of the summer against England, and Australia are going for a record third 5-0 whitewash, although the Sydney test match is being billed as the “pink test.”

This will be the sixth year that the Sydney Test match has taken on a Pink flavour as the players and Cricket Australia do their bit to raise awareness for breast cancer through the McGrath Foundation, named after former Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath’s wife Jane, who lost her life to the disease.

The Foundation was created to do two things: to fund the McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in younger women. It has done really well in both aspects and according to Cricket Australia in the three years that McGrath Foundation has been an official charity partner of Cricket Cares, over $1.5 million has been raised. Congratulations to all who have supported this cause.

Not the Footy Show would like to ask the question as to whether this should in fact become the “Blue Test” in the future?

It is a fact that in every test playing nation that cricket is played the suicide level amongst former top level players is higher than the national average. It is also well known that men tend to have issues talking about health, work, money or relationship problems, which can often lead to anxiety or depression. It is a very serious issue and one that few want to discuss, even though we need to.

In recent times we have witnessed two England cricketers forced to return home due to anxiety or depression related illnesses, Jonathan Trott and Marcus Trescothick. Other players have admitted to suffering depression, but that they did not realise it at the time, in Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison.

“Beyond Blue” is another great organisation trying to raise awareness of anxiety and depression. It too needs to have more focus directed to it and therefore assist people to understand what is a very real illness.

Would it not be nice to see Cricket Australia get behind this charity in the future, as it appears to be one that has a very strong link to cricket. If it proves half as successful as the “Pink Test” has been the “Blue Test” could make massive inroads in the acceptance and understanding of depression. Surely it has to be worth discussing.

December 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

Johnson to Miss Perth Test?

Australia has deservedly gone 2-0 up in the Ashes encounter, but could that all change come the third test in Perth?

England have been destroyed by the bowling of Mitchell Johnson, who has not only found his line and length but has put the wind up the England batsmen with his pace and aggression. He has claimed 17 wickets in two tests at just 12.70, with a fast bowling display that has been missing in World cricket for many a year, and that has silenced a barmy army who were quick to target him in previous series.

Johnson however may well have taken that aggression too far and may miss the third test match in Perth after he and England’s Ben Stokes were today both charged under the International Cricket Council’s code of player conduct.

The two players were called to appear before match referee Jeff Crowe and charged under section 2.2.4 of the code that relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play during an international match”.

The hearing was the result of the two clashing shoulders on the fourth afternoon of the recently concluded Adelaide Test. There had been plenty of verbal from Johnson and when Stokes took a single from Johnson’s bowling and the Australian fast bowler stood on the pitch’s edge after his follow through, – as he is entitled to do – and Stokes ran into him.  Both players are believed to have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Match referee former New Zealand international Jeff Crowe has thus far given no indication as to when he will announce the result of his deliberation, after speaking with both players.

It would be a major blow for Australia to lose Johnson for the Perth test. He now plays for Western Australia and the fast and bouncy WACA wicket was likely to test an already brittle England batting line up even more than it has been already. Some would say it would not be good for the public to see him rubbed out. Others may say it could be the ideal situation as it may give England a sniff of a victory and will mean that there is still something to be played for when the Boxing day Test in Melbourne, and the Sydney test come around. Cricket Australia will not have banked on their team wrapping up the series in three straight tests and the affect that could have on gate takings in the two main revenue earning tests.

In the 2005 Ashes series Glenn McGrath had a grade 2 tear of the lateral ligament in his ankle after treading on a cricket ball in a practise drill and was ruled out of the second Test an hour before the toss. Australia had won the first test by 239 runs and McGrath had been named man of the match. England bounced back to win the second test in his absence and won the fourth after a draw in the third. A draw in the final test saw England win the series and the Ashes back. That series hinged on that injury, will this on a possible Johnson suspension?

Johnson has been man of the match in the opening two tests, and an Australia without him, England would no doubt believe to be a far more beatable side, than one with, – based on his current form –  in it.  

If found guilt by Jeff Crowe both players face the possibility of a ban. A level two offence under the code of conduct – carries a maximum penalty of 100 per cent of a player’s match fee and/or a ban of one Test match or two one-day internationals.

If Johnson is banned for one match will his suspension open the door for England? It would be a very tough ask to bounce back and win two tests out of the reminding three but one would have to say that Australia’s loss of Johnson would be greater than England losing Stokes.

December 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Harm’s Way

by John Lee

Well I have decided that I will put my hat in Australia’s ring this week, despite the apparent turmoil over selection and form. I have decided to go early after reading comments Steve Harmison made on UK radio last week.
“I would personally go with Ajmal Shahzad, because the WACA ground is a lot like Headingley, because you bowl a lot shorter.”
Now this would go some way to explaining why Steve took 6 wicket bowling in 3 innings at the WACA and gave away just 250 runs. Commendably he took 4/48 in one innings, including the prize double of Stuart Clark and Glen McGrath, who made 4 between them, although I am not sure if they plundered them all off Steve.

With any luck the England bowlers will take Steve’s advice.

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