Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Bring it on James!

In an article on cricinfo, James Sutherland of Cricket Australia suggests setting up a specialist Twenty20 team. I've seen some pro and some con arguments,

Sutherland draws parallels to rugby, where this works very well. And this is a very good comparison. What cricket and rugby essentially have in common is that you need a great diversity of skill in the different positions on the field and down the order. 7s rugby and Twenty20 are comparable in that you lose a dimension of the game. The rules are essentially the same, but the tactics are very different, so there is less diversity required in your player set up. (For those of you who don't know rugby: 7s rugby is played with 7 players, 15s is played with 15. In 15s you have 8 forwards (big, strong, not necesarily fast and agile) and 7 backs (fast, fast, agile, strong). In 7s, everyone is essentially a back in open play.)

Here is what 7s has done for rugby:
-The 7s team is typically a bit younger that the 15s team, since speed is so vital. Many of these play for 15s teams at club level, and many make the transition to the 15s team.
-The young players get a chance to play international rugby, before they are ready to make the 15s team
- Smaller nations can compete much closer with the more established nations. (In fact, Fiji is a world power in 7s rugby, but not quite there yet in 15s)
- There is a smaller threshold to playing, so more countries are getting involved

As for the argument about Twenty20 players forgoing their test careers: a typical age for a test debut is mid- to late twenties for a batsman. If they've spent a few years facing international bowlers on pitches all over the world before they were good enough to be selected for the test team, I don't see how that is a problem (as long as they still play first class cricket on a national level).

So I say bring it on! As a bonus, if you get a separate Twenty20 team they can trott around the world playing tournaments without disrupting the test circuit, and we can go back to 4 and 5 match test-series.

(Cricinfo article)

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The joys of live streaming

1. Explaining to the it-section how that virus got onto my work computer

2. Explaining to my boss why I'm clapping at random intervals

3. Seeing AB's nostrils appear and disappear as the pixels on the screen adjust to the camera zooming

4. The stream being cut off as the comentator says "he's in the air, it's going t-"

5. Chatting with Rahul who thinks I'm very pretty (he can tell by my screen name)

6. Improving my Hindi/Urdu, and broadening my cultural knowledge (it's mostly Indian and Pakistani channels I've been able to find)

7. Seeing that they have a "cure for worries" in Pakistan (it's a dandruff-shampoo)

8. Learning that an extrordinary amount of cricketers have dandruff (it must be the helmets)

9. A numb rear end from sitting in my kitchen with the computer (where the wireless reception is best)

10. Porn pop-ups in the middle of Morne's run-up

Autors note:
My blog is named "cricket fan in exile" because as an inhabitant of Norway, I was forced onto the internett to find people to talk about cricket with. Now this is not all bad (virtual people don't smell as bad as real ones), but parts of this blog will be ranting about the joys of being surrounded by people who confuse cricket with polo, and the things I go through to get my cricket fix!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

AB's new song

AB has done it again. Yet again.

I try my best to keep my pink glasses on, I try to tell myself he is still young and naive, I try blocking my ears with my fingers going "lalalalala". I work very, very hard at my crush on Mr de Villiers (even though I'm much too old and married to have crushes on cricket players), but sometimes I think he just doesn't appreciate my efforts. He takes me for granted, and tests my resolve to see him as a dreamboat at every corner. In short he seems determined to spoil my view of his cute little tush.

I have tried to comprimise. I said he could give out the CD if it made him happy. I simply wouldn't listen to it until his batting career was over, in case it spoiled my enjoyment of his beautiful cover drive. Then he gave out the single "show them who you are". Granted, this tested my patience, but it was a power-ballad (and you can get away with just about anything in a power ballad -just ask Def Leppard), so I overlooked it. But this!


Now at first glance to the untrained eye this will look like he's put out a soppy ballad called "make your dreams real", but thankfully I can put your minds to rest. "Maak jou drome waar" is in fact Afrikaans for "Make your drone war", and is a tribute to George Lucas.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.