I reckon yesterday was pretty gutting for australia even though they got away with a draw. They probably thought we'd declare and England wouldn't go for it, we'd take a few wickets and end the series on a +ve. Instead as England have done throughout the series they stepped it when they needed to and basically produced a perfectly timed runchase on a wearing wicket.
For as close as Aus have been through the series, England have been pretty clutch in the key moments or maybe Australia have choked or a mixture of both. Regardless England know how to win, Australia don't right now.
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They both did it, it worked perfectly, and there is absolutely no chance that they will not do it again. Its cheating and cheating of the very worst kind as it also cheats everyone in attendance.
Its done because the umpires and/or the ICC just cant be bothered to deal with it. football is often ridiculed but something like that would never be allowed in football. Waste ten seconds at a throw-in or goal kick and its a yellow card. another ten secs, and your off with automatic ban and the whole lot. and the seconds lost will be added. In cricket, well waste an hour, fine, who cares. The overs will most likely be lost, so good tactics. it works.
Its absolutely astonishing that cricket doesnt care. And all those flat pitches as well.. Half the test teams barely play tests any more but how can anyone really be surprised when cricket, alone among sports, allows tactica that ruin the game.
Yeah I agree with the post above me. Time wasting should be fined with penalty runs, that would stop it dead.
I have also been having a think about some positive rule tweaks recently, one I think would be useful is something along the lines of 'If combined 1st innings scores exceed 1200 runs, that venue is barred from hosting Test cricket for the following two summers'. Not sure if that is doable or even desirable but it may spice up a few pitches. I know in England that a venue wouldn't risk missing out on test cricket for two years and would produce more result pitches.
The wicket would have been fine if the five days were played imo.
I think the better approach would be to come down heavily on grounds where the surface is noticably different to what it normally is if there's no apparent reason for it being that way (changing/unusual weather conditions being a good reason for a change in playing surface conditions). It would be a pretty hairy area to have to make a decision on though. You'd create more issues than you'd fix I reckon.
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Just read a positive tweet Michael Vaughan twatted about the Australian cricket team(reposted via S.Warne)...he must've fallen down the stairs at The Oval and bumped his head. Very unlike him.
not enough has been said of swingpanzee's brief cameo late on day 5 imo, unfortunately came at a time when many of his admirer's were asleep
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