Chasing the Norm

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This is why I love Test Cricket

Mike Hussy during his match winning century

Who could have imagined with Australia bowled out for a humiliating 127 on the first day, or dead for all money in the late evening of the third day, that they could win by 36 runs at 5:15pm on the 4th day.

Everyone can see the action excitement of 20/20’s and one dayers, but the real beauty of cricket is the psychological battles, the swaying of advantage back and forth between the teams, with victory always possible if the right strategy is pursued.

Cricket does seem to have lost some of the luster of previous era’s, this article on cricinfo makes a lot of good points, and I was willing to agree, but these last two days of play have re-affirmed all my faith in the game. Even had Pakistan squeeked home I’d say it was a great test, with an Aussie win, even sweeter. Congrats to Ricky and the team.

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  1. Joe

     /  January 11, 2010

    Cheers for the link Andrew! That article sums up everything I have been thinking about cricket for the past decade. Ever since they ratcheted up the number of off-season tours the game has been diluted to the point where it is not the game it once was. Not to mention other problems such as formulaic pitches etc. he mentions.

    Though in saying all that….it was a kick-arse result for the Aussies!

  2. Yeah i definitely agree. While its a shame not to have the Waugh/Warne/McGrath’s anymore, its the pitches which are my main gripe. Hopefully other curators will look at the Sydney game as an example to be repeated.

    I used to love the change in pitches. At the waca the speedsters would rule, with bouncers twice an over. At the SCG on the fifth day even the most gentile arm roller could spin a team’s destruction. Sure some places have abusively biased pitches to suit the home team (such as in India in the early 90’s), but it is possible to have variety and interesting pitches without making the game unfair.

    These days you’d hardly know the difference between most test wickets and a concrete slab. Ponting was still an utter goose to go into bat on the first morning…

  3. Joe

     /  January 12, 2010

    Totally agree! Though the problems with the WACA is not the problem of six-loving cricket administrators and obliging curators. Instead, it is the result of the WACA ground being upgraded and the removal of a certain type of top soil. Unknowingly, they had removed the soil that had contributed to a fast bouncing wicket which used to crack perfectly (not for batsman!) on the last couple of days.

  4. Ahh, though seems a pretty amazing oversight to not ensure the soil types are the same/know what the effect of new types would have on the construction of pitches.