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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Has he been playing any cricket down there at all?
    Not that I'm aware of. From what I remember, his knee is not in the peak of condition.
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    Usman probably figured he could use the zing bails to deflect the ball over the fence
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodAreasShane View Post
    Not that I'm aware of. From what I remember, his knee is not in the peak of condition.
    Yes, his career was ended by a knee injury in 2003 not long after he fled Zimbabwe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorax View Post
    This is actually very wrong, especially when you're umpiring at the highest levels, but a very common misconception people have about what umpires do on the field.

    Because you'll probably ask me to elaborate, and because I like revising this stuff:

    Let's leave out deciding on wides, no balls (of all sorts) and dismissals. I assume you know the umpire has to do all of this. The rest of the stuff that the umpires (on field and third umpire) are responsible for each ball and each over is:

    - Ensuring the fielding regulations aren't being violated. Especially important in LO cricket. This involves following the movements of the players across the field in between deliveries and even as the ball is being delivered.
    - Following the movement of batsmen, bowlers and fielders across the playing surface (there are laws and PCs in place for damaging the turf).
    - Following the movement of the ball across the field (keep an eye for tampering, ensure the condition of the ball is satisfactory, and watching out for those cases where the ball hasn't gone dead but some players may think it has).
    - When the keeper is up and/or fielders are around the bat, you're responsible for ensuring there is no encroaching on to the stumps and playing surface (laws and PCs in place regarding this)
    - Keeping an eye out for other violations of fair/unfair play (in practice you're mostly looking for fake fielding and distractions)
    - Constantly evaluating if conditions are fit for play (see the sunlight issue in today's NZ vs India game)
    - Ensuring the spirit of the game is upheld (basically dealing with players being ****s to each other)
    - Keeping track of overrates and general timekeeping (which gets difficult when you have repeated interruptions in play)
    - Keeping track of the score (umpires often need to correct scorers, and need to have good communication with them to ensure every signal they make is picked up and noted down. This is mostly done by the reserve/third umpire)
    - Keeping track of injuries, substitutes fielders, player going and coming off the field

    And this is just the extent that I know of, and i'm just a rookie umpire. I'm sure a professional could come down here and list out another dozen things that I have missed out on this list. Give me a few hours and I'll probably remember a couple more.

    There are, of course, lulls in play where things go smoothly and you're kinda on autopilot. Saying they have to work on each and every of the 600 deliveries in an ODI is clearly an exaggeration. But they are making decisions and working during a large percentage of deliveries in a game, contrary to what you think. An umpire has to be the first person in the ground to spot any violation of any of the laws/PCs, and has to be in position to deal with it correctly in a timely manner. We all expect that of an umpire. In order to deliver that, they are hyper vigilant and basically trying to catch something that happens before it happens. We even have subtle little tricks we do once we see a potential problem forming that we aren't allowed to explicitly warn a side about, in order to stop it before it actually happens, so that we don't have to deal with the fallout once it does. And wherever we are allowed to warn players, we do so, and we are very keen about doing so.

    And this is just while the game is live btw. We're not even touching the work they do in between session, or before and at the end of play

    Sure all jobs are thankless. But no one is sitting around on a forum criticizing Daemon on his accounting ability whilst having next to no knowledge of what accounting entails, and without realising the extent of what Daemon's job is. That's why the ICC are the ones who decide who a good umpire is and who isn't, and it's not left to the court of public opinion. I say thankless, you say scrutiny. I think we agree on the general point here.

    And they do make good money, that's true. Well deserved IMO.
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    Dharmasena repeatedly not looking at Ishant's front foot in Adelaide is easily one of the most appalling bits of umpiring I have ever had the misfortune of seeing. Ishant has had issues with overstepping pretty much his entire career, any umpire worth their salt should know to keep an extra close eye on him as a result


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    Brian Close featured in test matches with Len Hutton and Jack Cowie (who were playing test cricket in the 30s) as well as test matches with Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge (who were playing test cricket in the 90s)

    Damn that's cool
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    To see Henry Olonga's performance : https://twitter.com/derekalberts1/st...26333805453317


    All I am going to say is wow wow wow
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodAreasShane View Post
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    any umpire worth their salt
    There's your problem
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    Best wishes to former Australian spinner Gavin Robertson who has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is apparently doing it very tough after extensive surgery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeamUp View Post
    To see Henry Olonga's performance : https://twitter.com/derekalberts1/st...26333805453317


    All I am going to say is wow wow wow
    I think you will find from looking back at the stats that Kapil Dev's performance was in fact better, whilst Mike Procter was superior despite limited opportunities at that level.

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    You are going to have post some examples to prove that Dev and Procter could sing better than Olonga.
    Stats aint gonna do it


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    Everyone always raves about the fact Sobers could bowl both spin and pace.

    Does anyone know his record (wickets, avg) bowling spin compared to pace at test level? Curious

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    Strangely enough I was thinking more or less the same thing about Funky Miller the other day

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    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...ournament-2019

    Mali Women bowled out for 6 by Rwanda Women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfighter View Post
    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...ournament-2019

    Mali Women bowled out for 6 by Rwanda Women.
    Now that's a scorecard:


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