'Tailended chasing' works about 95% of the time. It's just that when it doesn't work you hear about it.
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Well I must have watched the 5% of the time when it 100% didn't work.
No, you just must listen to Ian Chappell too much, or maybe it's the fact that you don't notice that's what they're doing when it works straight away??
Tailend chasing in the grade of cricket I play is a great tactic. As is deliberately not dismissing a batsman who is not scoring runs, especially in one dayers. And it ****s in the face of older "heroes" who hide themselves down at number 7 or 8 in a batting line up, and expect to come out swinging with 10 overs to go.
The thing that ****s me off about the "let's bowl at the tailender" tactic is that for some reason the batsman who you're setting the field back to looks impregnable.
yeah good post uvelocity. The problem is when captains (Dhoni, Yousuf and a few others) do it for far too long.
I think you have to pick your batsmen a bit too. If you've got Chanderpaul in with Tino Best then yeah I'd look at just trying to keep Chanderpaul off strike because he doesn't bat very well with the tail a lot of the time and Best has virtually no defence.
A Hussey/Siddle combination would be a much different prospect though. Hussey has played some really good innings with the tail against captains employing that very tactic, and Siddle's defensive game is really sound, so I'd probably just look to attack both batsmen even if Siddle had come out at 11.
I like the tactic overall, and I'd give it a go early on in most situations, but I think a lot of captains are too rigid and stubborn with it.
It's a good tactic if you're up against a batsman who you know doesn't like to play a subtle game. You know with 9 wickets down a guy like McCullum will just be looking for the fence, why give him those easy runs?
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