Hampshire Cricket History


Define Good
November 12, 2016, 8:01 am
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Technically this has been an interesting Test Match and the experts keep telling us, the bowlers have performed pretty well on a pitch which apparently has just ‘a bit’ in it. Yet I’m writing this halfway through session 11 and only 17 wickets have fallen.

What I wish on these occasions is that those same experts would stop calling it a “good pitch”. If it is “good” – ie enabling a ‘good’ match – then we must assume that in truth the bowlers on both sides are not Test class because it’s looked like a draw from at least halfway through.

Mind you, while I’m typing this, and thinking of switching my listening to Sounds of the Sixties on Radio 2, Rashid has dismissed Jadeja – 18 in 11 now!

PS Well that did the trick – watching the cricket, listening to the radio – couple of cracking soul tracks by J&B Purify and a Crystals rarity – and another one’s gone! England all out 110 to win by 7 runs?

PPS Sunday morning, India 132-6 and three short legs posted. Ian Botham has just said “no one saw this coming” which maybe let’s me off, although the moment I enjoyed most was Pujara given out lbw when the ball pitched outside leg stump and he failed to challenge the decision. One commentator excused him on the grounds that India are inexperienced at using DRS but that’s their fault. For too long they’ve ‘known best’ – it serves them right.

Mind you there is a better comment from Boycott on line: “if India don’t lose wickets, England can’t win”. The man’s a genius!

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Whereas in Hobart………..

Comment by joster69

Following the Aussies is rather fun this winter!!

Comment by pompeypop

It’s bizarre that this is so difficult, isn’t it?

If 40 wickets don’t fall, far more often than not, either the pitches are too good, or the other playing conditions are too favourable to the batters, or both.

Pitch preparation seems subject to variables we can’t manipulate.

But there are at least three things that could easily be done which would immediately eliminate boredraws that please no-one.

Interfere with the pitch after both first innings.

Put a fourth stump in for the last two innings. Or some other bowler friendly variation.

Or adjust the number of wickets available for the last two innings. Importantly a draw remains possible.

Comment by Jeremy

I’d add my preference for substitutes in the second innings so that teams could enhance their wicket-taking options. There was an experiment with four stumps at Lord’s in the early 1960s – there’s a photo of ‘Shack’ bowling in a trial match although he generally only needed one to aim at!

Comment by pompeypop

Boycott’s been listening to too many football pundits!

Comment by John West




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