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The runner is one the dumbest rules in cricket. You can't run, you can't bat. As simple as that. It might have made sense when cricket was a leisurely gentlemen's game. But it has no place in international cricket.
Anyhow even if I'm wrong about that (and I don't expect many of the Kiwis here to agree with me), the fact remains that the bowler has the right of way, and it's the batsman's job to get out of the road. So the batsman has little cause for complaint if there's a collision.
Last edited by zaremba; 02-10-2009 at 04:40 PM.
If Elliott can think quick enough to take off for a run, sum up the situation and assume that he won't make it and the fielder will hit the stumps, and then engineer a collison he's a genius.
I think you underestimate the ability of batsmen to "sum up the situation" almost instantaneously. When the bowler is delivering the ball the batsman often has much less than a second in which to assess the flight of the ball, to decide on a stroke and to execute it; they then are often able to decide in a split second whether to take a run once they've hit the ball. It probably takes something in the order of 3 seconds to complete a run, and a batsman who's not going to make it can be fully aware of that fact at a pretty early stage. That's why batsmen change direction to get in the way of the throw, which happens all the time. As for engineering a collision, it's not rocket science - you just aim for the area where the ball and/or fielder is heading. It doesn't take a genius.
When I saw the video the other night nothing suggested to me that he'd tried to run into anyone.
I found it
It shows that Elliott had much less time to react than I'd remembered.
Only the bowler is involved - the other fielders aren't really involved.
Elliott doesn't change direction, but it's fair to say that he does set off at a strange angle across the bowler's path and with the result that he gets between the bowler and the ball.
I'm still not 100% convinced, but I admit, it doesn't look particularly deliberate.
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What I thought was another fielder the other night at first glance is the other NZ batsman. He doesn't set off at a strange angle, but it's evident he sees Sidebottom coming and is limited to how wide he can go due to the other batsman coming through. His only other option is to go the other side of Sidebottom and run down the middle of the pitch. Given it would take him changing angle completely as well as going against the batsman's first instinct to get off the pitch that was never going to happen.
The commentators seem fairly certain it wasn't a great thing to do.
Last edited by Son Of Coco; 03-10-2009 at 01:29 AM.
I have seen other international batsmen get runners for lesser reasons.
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Having watched that footage again, I don't think you can blame Elliot one bit.
a) He did nothing wrong
b) There was no guarantee he would have been out had he not collided with Sidebottom.
But what I will always remember from that incident is Benson putting his arms around Collingwood.
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