Posts tagged ‘cricket’

🏏 The ABC has published an article wondering if the death of test cricket is nigh. Honestly, I would’ve thought ODIs to be more vulnerable, lacking both the cachet of test matches and the “fast money” potential of T20s (not to mention that in Australia you can now only watch it on pay TV, which hardly anyone has – a sure sign of its impending demise). Still, it raises some good points about the increasing stratification of the cricketing world, with the “big three” riding roughshod over the “next five”, and everyone outside that top eight basically being screwed completely. There’s something very, very unsatisfying about the inequity in how world cricket is governed.

Sometimes I almost wonder why they even have reviews of LBW decisions… the bar to overturn a decision is ludicrously high, but it’s also so rare that a team reviews something so carelessly that they actually lose the review. Non-serious suggestion (because I know the system’s there to prevent howlers, yadda yadda): save some time and just skip the review 😂

(If I could somehow have screenshotted my TV to show you the review that prompted this post, I would have. But it was Lyon to Pujara and the ball was completely demolishing one stump but apparently not by a large enough margin to overturn the on-field decision…)

Interesting article here by Usman Khawaja on the hostility of Australian cricket to aspiring players from immigrant backgrounds, something he describes as “slowly changing”. IMO the pressure needs to be on for shit to change much faster, as it has for the women’s game.

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