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Gideon Haigh discussing what he thinks is wrong Australian Cricket.
Someone tell him he's wrong. There's nothing wrong with Australian Cricket clearly. It'll all just work out for itself somehow.
I saw jack all of Australia batting in the second test. Had usually either gone to bed or been doing other stuff. If he plays in the next test I'll try and catch him.
I don't think he is entirely incapable. As I said, his technique (the last I saw it) is comparable to Daniel Flynn which limits his stroke play and both also share a bad habit of throwing away 40s. I'm not confident either have the mental fortitude to get the most out of their limited options and to be honest, front foot offside is a pretty important scoring area. I can't remember the last world class batsman who had no front foot offside game. All the bowler needs to do is keep it pitched up outside off and they can't deal with it because they're not set up to play those shots very well. I guess we'll see over the coming series if Khawaja has added to his scoring options.
Well, there has to be a balance.. If the pitches are too bowler friendly, then batsmen start aiming for the match turning 30s to 60s instead of trying to rough it out for prolonged periods.. It is almost as if, in those conditions, batsmen suddenly feel satisfied having gotten to a 30 or a 40 or a 50 and then start looking at any other runs they can get as a bonus, because they knwo that the chances are that the opposition batsmen won't even get these runs.. It is always a difficult situation and something that cannot be addressed in terms of preparing one kind of wicket that gives a chance to everyone. That simply does not exist. What one has to do, is to try and balance out the types of wickets over a season, so you know that if a Bailey, for instance, is good enough to score the match turning 40 or 60 on a green top, you can also see if he has it in him to be dogged and pile on the runs on a flatbed..
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If you just keep looking to block good length balls eventually you'll get one that you nick to the cordon or miss entirely. So ridiculously bowling friendly pitches don't necessarily encourage a sound defensive technique. Particularly as in a low scoring game getting 60 or 70 might be a match winning innings.
edit: not to mention that batting for hours at a time and racking up big scores is arguably more about mental strength than technical excellence. If you're playing on greentops then you don't really get a chance to develop the mental side of the game and adjust to the demands of facing up to a bowler when you've already been out there for 4 hours.
Last edited by Furball; 22-07-2013 at 04:15 PM.
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Media really starting to turn the heat up on Cricket Australia and we're only 2 games into the money marathon.
It's pretty amazing that Cricket Australia thinks it can get away with two pumping's by England in 6 months and somehow get away with it and I think it's safe to say the losses won't just end this summer, many years to come yet. Just how long does Cricket Australia thinks it can get away with providing an inferior product to its customers? Given the state of Australian first-class cricket and the whole system, Cricket Australia better hope its customers are far more loyal (outside the Ashes) than Cricket Australia where to serving Cricket in this country.
Watching Cricket Australia crash and burn will be the only enjoyment I'll get out of the death of Australian Cricket this summer.
But let me guess, it's all just a cycle right, fellas?
Well, I must say, it probably is a cycle, even 2 ashes losses in a row won't be enough to put people off the game forever IMO, sorry, but I really don't think this is the end, it's another step towards it maybe, but I think the loyalty runs a little deeper.
What about 10-0 then, Max? The TV ratings dropped big time between the 1st and 2nd Tests, hopefully they continue to free fall.
Does the loyalty run as deep as you think though? When it comes to Cricket I don't think so, we'll soon find out though this summer.
We wont lose 5 zip at home but we could go into Brisbane on a 9 zip losing streak.
Losing as many Ashes series and in the shortest possible time... very interesting strategy from Australia Cricket to get the next generation interested in Test Cricket. Lets see how it works out for them.
They may have fooled a lot of people to get tickets but TV ratings are a different story.
Good for you Max if getting hammered is better than not watching at all but I don't really feel up to supporting a team where the people who run it main interests is not doing what's best for that team or trying their best to win games, but is their bottom line instead.
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