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Monday, 21 December 2009

ODI Slogging, bats, and England's tail

I'm at home watching the India vs Sri Lanka ODI, and some of the shoots are amazing. Length balls from Sharma are getting dispatched to all parts. This bloke is neither slow nor rubbish. The hitting is awsome from the likes of Dilshan.
I have to wonder if the bats and conditions are too far in favour of batsmen. I mean, what is one to do when you see Sharma getting hit around like that bowling 88mph. I worry that if huge bats and other conditions are weighed too heavily in one side's favour, it will be bad for the game.

I have to say that the pitch for the 1st South Africa vs England test seemed to be a proper wicket.
it swung a bit, spun and went up and down on the last few days. the early session always brought a wicket, and it made for a very good game. Swann's innings brought England right back into it after the bowled and batted poorly.
It seems to me that with South Africa 40-4 England were right in the game, but the stand between AB DE Villiars and Hashim Amla (learnt everything he knows at Essex) turned the game away from England, whose first innings displays put them in a poor position.
De Wet bowled very well and made things happen, which, added to the De Villiars/Amla stand showed that South Africa are the better team. Better because they are able to make things happen.

For the next Test I would be VERY tempted to bring Sidebottom in for Bell. I realise the fielding will be poorer, but the bowling will have more spice and variety. Bell's first innings leave showed a real lack of confidence, second innings poor confidence and poor technique. Given Bell's current record (average of about 20 in last 5 Tests), Sidebottom's inclusion might not even weaken the batting.

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