Cricket World Cup Thread
Posted 11 August 2003 - 01:19 PM
Where's he going to get it repaired? Where's he going to drive it. (unless, of course the roads have improved since I was last in India. Didn't see much good fast roads, except for downtown New Delhi)
Posted 11 August 2003 - 11:01 PM
1880 to 1888 4
1890 to 1899 5
1902 to 1938 6
1946 to date 6
In Australia balls in over
1876/77 to 1887/88 4
1891/92 to 1920/21 6
1928/29 to 1932/33 6
1936/37 to 1978/79 8
1979/80 to date 6
In South Africa balls in over
1891/92 to 1898/99 5
1902/03 to 1935/36 6
1938/39 to 1957/58 8
1961/62 to date 6
In West Indies balls in over
1929/30 to date 6
In New Zealand balls in over
1929/30 to 1967/68 6
1968/69 to 1978/79 8
1979/80 to date 6
In India balls in over
1933/34 to date 6
In Pakistan balls in over
1954/55 to 1972/73 6
1974/75 to 1977/78 8
1978/79 to date 6
I don't think they'll change again. Not in the foreseeable future anyway.
I thought Sachin was quite short, so would easily fit in a Ferrari, but maybe I'm wrong. :confused:
Posted 14 August 2003 - 04:37 PM
By Jamshed V Rajan
Thursday, 14 August , 2003, 11:41
Tests no longer are the boring five-day affairs they used to be. Blame it (?!) on the Australians who have mastered the art of scoring at the rate of more than 4 runs an over, and eventually win the Test before the opposition knows what hit them.
The proof: Steve Waugh's Test win percentage which stands tall at 74 per cent - one short of a distinction.
The trend having been set, it is being followed. Take the second Test between England and South Africa at Lords. England batted first and scored at the rate of 3.89 runs/over. The Proteas came in to bat and put up a mammoth 682 at the rate of 3.85 runs/over. It is a totally different issue that in their second innings the Poms could not keep up the momentum and were bundled out for just 173 on the board.
But, we get the picture right, don`t we? Score faster in Tests and increase your chances of a victory.
In their most recent Test - their second one against Bangladesh - the Australians scored at the rate of 4 runs/over and went on to win the match by an innings and 98 runs. One could argue that Bangladesh was an easy opponent, but one definitely cannot say the same about the West Indies.
One would notice that the first innings invariably meant more aggression. As Tony Greig likes to say," Get onto the field and pile up runs, then bowl the other team out twice, and you win the Test. Simple."
The high scoring rates could be a result of too many one-dayers being played. Didn't Michael Vaughan blame the shorter version of the game after his team lost the second Test to the Proteas. Perhaps it is true. And here to stay.
This high rate scoring trend needs to be supported by all captains to ensure Tests do not die a natural death.
After all, the TV channels in South Africa did not find it `monetarily viable` to telecast the South Africa vs Bangladesh Test (April 24-28). The next month Rupavahini, the Sri Lankan TV channel refused to telecast a 2-Test series between Sri Lanka and West Indians in the Carribean. Now, this is no coincidence. Or is it?
When anything gets boring, people do not like it, even if it is Test cricket. As a result the advertisers will stay away. And, with no money coming in, why would the TV channels run the 90 over long show daily for five days at a stretch. Mind you, with the Tests off the TV screens, the team sponsors might also pull out. Sounds logical.
But the good news is, Steve Waugh and his team's aggression have given Tests a new lease of life.
Starting from Adam Gilchrist, for whom a Test is just an extension of the previous One-dayer he had played, to Brett Lee, whose highest in the Tests is 62 not out and scores at the strike rate of close to 60, the Aussies have set the trend. Something that has been contagious
Posted 15 August 2003 - 12:26 PM
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