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What's wrong in South Africa?

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
I mean, it's getting stupid now. We're just seeing so many absurdly high totals in ODIs at the moment.

Why?

It's not like the grounds are unusually small, it's not like it's all at one ground, it's not like anyone's gone out with a "we're gonna smack if from-ball-one" mentality in any game, there's nothing in common. Well, except good batting wickets and fast outfields, but they're certainly nothing unusual.

What's been going on of late?
 

silentstriker

The Wheel is Forever
Nothing, they are just preparing batting friendly tracks, to make sure all fifty overs are played out.

Thats how you can maximise your revenue, but making sure advertisers know that all fifty overs will likely be played.
 

Goughy

Hall of Fame Member
Obviously it is hard to know the exact reason but Ill offer a few potential reasons apart from the obvious smallish grounds and good batting conditions.

- SA was one of the 1st countries to accept 20/20 cricket. Pro 20 here is an established and important part of the domestic game and it has changed perceptions and attitudes on what is achievable when batting

- SA play with a number of aggressive, hard hitting middle/lower order allrounders. Guys like Kemp, Boucher, Pollock etc add explosiveness later in the order. However, maybe more importantly they give SA a very long batting lineup. This allows the top order to play with a massive amount of freedom as they know there is depth to come even if they get out. An issue Englands batsmen have struggled with until recently.

- Obviously oppostition teams know SA are capable of scoring big totals and they therefore have to pre-empt this SA batting onslaught which means they have to go hell for leather as well.

My 2 cents
 

Jono

Virat Kohli (c)
Look how small those ****ty grounds are though. They're really a disgrace IMO, people talk about sub-continent pitches and grounds, but these are much worse. At least conditions there often aid a lot of swing with the white ball early, and the pitch also helps spinners there.

From what I've seen from SA ODI cricket in the last year, its been pretty horrible.

Mind you, what that says about India's performance in their ODI series I don't know. I guess those pitches were more an exception to the rule.

But before the Indian ODI series started, people were talking about how the pitches would be bouncy and aid movement or whatever, and I reminded people of the Australia ODI series. Sure, at night batting can be hell, but that just makes it worse because in the day you can get 350, and then at night all out for 200 because the ball is swinging a mile, and the batsman are batting stupidly anyway because they're chasing 350.

The 434 chase could be excused because of a crap bowling attack, along with the small ground and flat track. However Pollock, Nel, Ntini and even Langeveldt and Kallis makes a good enough attack to not be hit for 350 runs.
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
Obviously it is hard to know the exact reason but Ill offer a few potential reasons apart from the obvious smallish grounds and good batting conditions.

- SA was one of the 1st countries to accept 20/20 cricket. Pro 20 here is an established and important part of the domestic game and it has changed perceptions and attitudes on what is achievable when batting

- SA play with a number of aggressive, hard hitting middle/lower order allrounders. Guys like Kemp, Boucher, Pollock etc add explosiveness later in the order. However, maybe more importantly they give SA a very long batting lineup. This allows the top order to play with a massive amount of freedom as they know there is depth to come even if they get out. An issue Englands batsmen have struggled with until recently.

- Obviously oppostition teams know SA are capable of scoring big totals and they therefore have to pre-empt this SA batting onslaught which means they have to go hell for leather as well.

My 2 cents
All well and good where SA are concerned, but it's not been just them accumulating said massive scores, it's been opponents and (in the case of, for example, WC2003 final) neutrals.

And indeed, I'd say the problems started before Stuart Robertson's idea even came into existence.
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
Nothing, they are just preparing batting friendly tracks, to make sure all fifty overs are played out.

Thats how you can maximise your revenue, but making sure advertisers know that all fifty overs will likely be played.
And no-one else is doing that?
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
Look how small those ****ty grounds are though. They're really a disgrace IMO
I hear loads of talk about that, but I still don't actually know what the dimensions are.

Is anyone able to help-out there?
 
I mean, it's getting stupid now. We're just seeing so many absurdly high totals in ODIs at the moment.

Why?

It's not like the grounds are unusually small, it's not like it's all at one ground, it's not like anyone's gone out with a "we're gonna smack if from-ball-one" mentality in any game, there's nothing in common. Well, except good batting wickets and fast outfields, but they're certainly nothing unusual.

What's been going on of late?
It's down to England not having been batting there of late.
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
English wickets used for ODIs have generally become very flat, that's it too.
Indeed, and we've seen plenty of absurdly expensive bowling-figures (if only so far one game where stupid totals have been scored - like 320 off 40 in the final SL game last summer) in some games here in recent years.

Which makes me wonder - exactly what are the relative dimensions of our grounds relative to SA's?
 

16 tins of Spam

International Vice-Captain
I hear loads of talk about that, but I still don't actually know what the dimensions are.

Is anyone able to help-out there?
Richard said:
exactly what are the relative dimensions of our grounds relative to SA's?
Yes. Here are the dimensions of all the South African grounds, along with the English, Australian, and NZ test grounds thrown in for good measure. All dimensions are in metres, taken from the longest points down the ground, and square, relative to the wicket block. Ground length is quoted first. Thanks to Google Earth for their multi-purpose software.

South Africa

Newlands, Cape Town - 137 x 132
New Wanderers, Johannesburg - 155 x 132
St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth - 135 x 128
Kingsmead, Durban - 143 x 123
Buffalo Park, East London - 145 x 148
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley - 143 x 142
Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein - 163 x 141
Supersport Park, Centurion - 148 x 130
Willowmoore Park, Benoni - 149 x 130
Boland Bank Park, Paarl - 161 x 142
Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom - 160 x 136

England

Lord's, London - 160 x 130
The Oval, London - 141 x 146
Trent Bridge, Nottingham - *
Old Trafford, Manchester - 148 x 141
Headingley, Leeds - 147 x 142
Edgbaston, Birmingham - 143 x 141

Australia

Melbourne Cricket Ground - 148 x 179
Sydney Cricket Ground - 163 x 148
The 'Gabba, Brisbane - 138 x 164
Bellerive Oval, Hobart- 175 x 133
Adelaide Oval - 189 x 125
WACA, Perth - 138 x 151

New Zealand

Eden Park, Auckland - 144 x 141**
McLean Park, Napier - 161 x 124
Seddon Park, Hamilton - *
Basin Reserve, Wellington - 147 x 147
Westpac Stadium, Wellington - 164 x 129
Lancaster Park, Christchurch - 146 x 122
Carisbrook, Dunedin - 143 x 112

Bangladesh

Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka - 178 x 161
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong - 180 x 137

Zimbabwe

Harare Sports Club - 143 x 150
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo - 140 x 138

West Indies

Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's, Antigua - 138 x 131
Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St. Vincent - *
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia - 168 x 147***
Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana - 124 x 121
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados - ****
National Cricket Stadium, St. George's, Grenada - *
Queen's Park Oval, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad - 135 x 132
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica - 135 x 131

Sri Lanka

Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy - 183 x 107
De Soysa Park, Moratuwa - 142 x 131***
Galle International Stadium, Galle - *
P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo - 145 x 142
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - 174 x 152
Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla - *
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo - 152 x 155

Pakistan

Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar - 143 x 152
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore - 185 x 185
Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad - 147 x 140
Multan Cricket Stadium - 149 x 148
National Stadium, Karachi - 177 x 149
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium - 164 x 162

India


Baribati Stadium, Cuttack - 176 x 151*****
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai - 150 x 145
Eden Gardens, Kolkata - 147 x 144
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - ****
Green Park, Kanpur - 170 x 149
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - 142 x 145
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - 142 x 145
Punjab CA Stadium, Mohali - 144 x 156
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad - 149 x 150
VCA Ground, Nagpur - 135 x 135
****hede Stadium, Mumbai - 141 x 144

* These grounds couldn't be measured due to the image available being too low in resolution.
** Not an accurate indication of the ground's size, given the strange dimensions of the playing area.
*** I'm not altogether sure I got the right ground with these ones
**** Grounds were undergoing renovations at the time the pictures were taken
***** Measurements are from the boundary fences, although from the look of the pictures it appears that the playing area doesn't go that far.
 
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Neil Pickup

Cricket Web Moderator
Interesting - I was always under the impression that the Oval was the biggest in the UK. Can you find the County Ground Derby and the County Ground Exeter whilst you're at it?
 

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