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Remembering The Past

While much media attention has been given to the tributes being paid by the Australian cricketers to the unfortunate premature passing of their team mate Philip Hughes this year, we should not forget that the New Zealanders had a stalwart of the game close to death for whom they were no doubt playing, former captain Martin Crowe.

The World Cup final was expected to be the last game of cricket Crowe will watch. Crowe had written on ESPN Cricinfo website that he was very close to death due to a terminal blood disease.

“My precarious life ahead may not afford me the luxury of many more games to watch and enjoy,” said Crowe.”This is likely to be it. I can happily live with that.”

Crowe, was a wonderfully gifted and elegant batsman who is the second highest Test run-scorer in New Zealand history with 5,444 runs at an average of 45.36. He captained the Kiwis in the 1992 World Cup. Sir Richard Hadlee once said that Crowe was the only man whose wash bag was bigger than his kitbag!

Crowe had worked with some of the Black Caps players contesting the final, including batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill. It was the form of these two batting lynchpins that boosted Crowe’s spirits in the final days of his battle with illness.

“To see the two sons I never had, Ross Taylor and Marty Guptill, run out in black, in sync with their close comrades, drawing on all their resolve and resilience, will be mesmerically satisfying,” he told Cricinfo.

It is a shame that sport has to have one winner in contests such as we witnessed on Sunday as both Philip Hughes and Martin Crowe deserved to be remembered by their respective teams. Crowe may still be with us for the time being but those who saw him bat will never forget his elegance. May his legacy live on and his suffering be painless.

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March 31, 2015 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Lee or Hadlee Wide of the Mark?

Sir Richard Hadlee has come out swinging at Brett Lee, who in the tea break of the fourth Ashes test at the MCG bowled six balls at egotistical media man Piers Morgan. This was the result of a verbal stoush on Twitter where Lee had challenged Morgan to face an over of fast bowling following the former newspaper editor questioning the courage of the England batsmen.

To many it was simply more of Channel Nine’s cheap sensationalist coverage of the Ashes, the sad thing was it simply pandered to Piers Morgan’s already inflated ego.Others saw it as Brett Lee shutting up a man with far too many opinions, many of which no one wants to hear. To Sir RIchard Hadlee it was Brett Lee damaging the image of the game.

Morgan 48 was hit four times in six balls as he backed away, down the leg side; as no doubt many would. Brett Lee opted to follow his movement to square leg.

“I only hope that Brett takes a few minutes to reflect on his stupidity – this was a brain explosion of the highest order – it was clear that Morgan could not bat or defend himself against Lee’s pace and intimidation. It was  a deliberate attempt to hit, injure, hurt and maim his opponent,” Sir Richard said when writing for Fairfax New Zealand News. “If [Morgan] was hit on the head or across the heart the result could have been devastating.”

Although it was meant to be a bit of fun, Sir Richard is right. It was foolhardy bowling by Lee. He is a professional still playing, albeit T20, and he was bowling to a rank amateur who appeared never to have played to any reasonable level.

During his Test career many questioned Brett Lee as a quality fast bowler, and this display will have confirmed what many already thought, that he was never a top line bowler. If he wanted to make a point, why when he saw Morgan backing away did he not knock his stumps over? Surely bowling him five out of six balls would have been far more humiliating and would have made a stronger statement? Interestingly Channel Nine’s Mark Nicholas only highlighted that only one of Lee’s deliveries, the one that did actually hit the stumps was a “no ball,” when it looked like he overstepped the line on more than one occasion.

Sir Richard has stated “Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, has an edict of fair play and upholding the spirit of the game, and that exhibition compromised those values.”  Many have already told him to keep his thoughts to himself, others question whether he ever used such tactics on his way to 431 test victims. He was bound to have, but the difference was he was bowling to men who played cricket for a living, and were used to facing pace bowlers.

No doubt Brett Lee feels he proved a point, but one can’t help feeling that had he bowled straight, the point could have been proven far more saliently; then again he struggled to do that when at his peak. One thing that he cannot accuse Sir Richard Hadlee of being.

 

December 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Kallis Comeback – Is he the Greatest?

South African all rounder Jacques Kallis has announced that he will return to the One Day team in a bid to win his and his country’s first 50-over World Cup title.

Kallis who will be 38 in October played the last of his 321 one day internationals against New Zealand in 2012. He had a meeting with national team coach Russell Domingo and Cricket South Africa  officials on tuesday.

“Playing for my country has always been both a huge honour and a privilege.” Kallis said following his announcement.

On statistics alone Kallis is the games greatest all-rounder. He has scored 13, 128 test runs at an average of 56.10, scoring 28 hundreds and 44 half centuries. He has also taken 288 test wickets at an average of 32.43.

When we look at the one day form of the game his stats are equally impressive with 11,498 runs at an average of 45.26, and has scored 17 centuries and 85 fifties. He has taken 270 wickets at 31.69.

One sign of the man’s quality has been his ability to adapt to the recent form of the game T20.  in 25 games he has scored 666 runs at 35.05 with a strike rate of 119.35. He has also taken his wickets relatively economically, 12 at 27.75.

Many all-rounders of yesteryear did not have to play three forms of the game, they had to adapt to only two, so does Kallis deserve to be given the mantle of the greatest All -Rounder?

Out of those below tell who gets your vote.

August 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Here to Stay

There is probably no sport more steeped in tradition than cricket, and no country who embraces it more than Great Britain. You can no doubt imagine then the uproar that ensued when a newspaper last week ran a story that the Pavilion at Trent Bridge was to be demolished and replaced with a more modern and functional one.

The current building was erected in 1886 and in fact replaced two earlier versions from 1859 and 1873, and it has been confirmed prior to any protests that there are in fact no plans to demolish the old building, however there may well be a new pavilion erected in coming years and a new use found for the current one, but that it will not be demolished.

With so many legends of the game having played for Nottinghamshire as well as Test Cricket there it would had been sad to see it go. Having opened the door with the brass cricket ball handles and sat in the dressing room and thought of the greats who have sat there, including Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Richard Hadleee as well of course Bill Voce and Harold Larwood, it is pleasing news that the building will remain.

June 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment


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