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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.

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

The Tail of Runs

Last Summer in England there were many who said the Ashes series was closer than the 3-0 victory to the hosts reflected. The first test in Australia which saw Australia worthy winners by 381 runs proved that this may well have been the case.

In the series in England, Australia’s bowlers did their job and also propped up the batting chipping in with crucial scores that gave the team some respectability, where the team failed was the top order specialist batsmen. England by comparison, also bowled well, but their top order managed to score more runs, mainly thanks to the fine form of Ian Bell, and scored more than their Australian counterparts. Bell was the only batsman to average over 50 in that series. The roles may well be reversed this summer in Australia.

Prior to that when Australia was in possession of the Ashes even when both top orders were scoring runs it was the middle order or tail for Australia that helped steer them to victory, often compiling an extra 100-150 runs whilst England’s lower order struggled to add 50. With conditions being very different in Australia to England this may well be the factor that decides the series.

In England incredibly England failed to pass 400 in any test in the series, while Australia failed to pass 300 in the three matches that weren’t affected by rain. Ian Bell became the man of the moment scoring hundreds at crucial times.

In this first test match, Australia owes its victory to the first innings efforts of Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson. It was their batting that swung the game Australia’s way. Then Johnson was lethal with the ball, finally being used to best effect as a bowler, and he lead the way for Clarke  and Warner to take the game out of Australia’s reach. Haddin’s innings though should not be underplayed, he may not have achieved the hundred that Bell managed in England, but had he not stayed at the crease the game could well have taken a very different turn.

England need to sort out their batting order if they are to challenge Australia. The different conditions in Australia and the manner in which Jonathan Trott was dismissed would tend to say that he is not up to batting at first wicket down in this environment. It may be wiser to have Joe Root, who has opened the batting to go in at three. Bell again should bat higher than he currently is, and it may benefit England to have Trott and Peterson come in at five and six.

Australia were worthy winners of that there can be no doubt, England will look to fight back, but let us hope the ugly scenes and verbal slanging that was part of the game are tempered or this series could well be remembered for those actions or words rather than the cricket played. Also, with Australia having been starved of sporting success for a while could spill over into the crowd and the game does not need to witness that.

 

November 25, 2013 at 9:19 am 1 comment


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