Archive for February, 2016

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Warwick Franks dwells in 1999 on Woodward’s Windies and Sri Lankan Crosscurrents by Roberts & James

February 28, 2016

Warwick Franks, in a dual book review in Spotting Traditions • vol. 15 no. 2 • May 1999 = of Ian Woodward: Aussies versus Windies: A History of Australia-West Indies Cricket. Walla Walla Press, Petersham, 1998. Appendices, illus., scorecards, stats. pp. vii + 260. $29.95…. & Michael Roberts and Alfred James: Crosscurrents: Sri Lanka and Australia at Cricket.Walla Walla Press, Petersham, 1998. Illus., scorecards. pp. $50 hardback, $19.95 paperback…. with footnotes and illustrations inserted here by Cricketique.

Woodward cover Crosscurrents

These two books represent a welcome widening in the perspectives on Australian cricket writing. While the enthusiastic crowd response to the 1998-99 Ashes series underlined the special position of these matches in the ethos of Australian cricket, it is also obvious that there are many ways in which English cricket is increasingly marginal in the development of the world game. Yet such has been the concentration of Australian cricket writing on the Anglo-Australian game that Mike Coward’s Cricket Beyond the Bazaar(1990) has been one of the only books to go beyond the Lord’s-MCG axis. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Double Hundreds as Double Trouble

February 27, 2016

Bill-Ricquier-Image-BW_smallBill Ricquier, 26 February 2016, courtesy of The Stands and .http://www.espncricinfo.com/thestands/content/story/976823.html

When Ben Stokes made 258 against South Africa in Cape Town in January 2016, he became the second Englishman in three months to have made 250-plus in a Test innings. Alastair Cook scored 263 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October 2015. This is very unusual for England. The last time two of their batsmen made such big scores in such a short period was in the home series against West Indies in 1957, when Peter May made 285 in the first Test and Tom Graveney 258 in the third.

BEN STOKES Ben Stokes, left, reacts as he makes a hundred runs, with Jonny Bairstow, right, during their second cricket Test against South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Schalk van Zuydam / AP Photo

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Chance in Cricket: Where Luck assists Poor Captain’s Choices

February 26, 2016

Sankaran Krishnan, coutresy of ESPNcricinfo.com, February 2016

In sport, luck plays a big role in determining whether a tactical move on the field will pay off or not

One that got away: had Graham Gooch been caught on 36 at Lord’s in 1990, would Azharuddin’s decision at the toss been questioned as much? © Getty Images

Sports fans are constantly reminded that it’s easy to talk from the comfort of their armchairs while it’s very difficult out there on the field. No doubt, that’s true. However, there are occasions when it seems that players, either wittingly or otherwise, are unable to see things that are obvious to those watching the game. I’d like to mull on a few such instances – not to score points one way or another, but just to air them and evoke some reactions.

 

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Some Joy at last for West Indian Cricket Fans

February 14, 2016

Tony Cozier, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 14 February 2016, where the title is “U-19 success heart-warming in desolate West Indian landscape”

But where can these players go from here? The A team is nearly defunct, the first-class league weak, and the contracts issue is destroying the senior side.  Their teenaged team has brought a welcome, long overdue whiff of optimism to West Indies cricket. In advancing to today’s final of the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, they have demonstrated a resilience that, for multiple reasons, has been repeatedly beyond their seniors. It will be severely tested in the showpiece climax by India, the one remaining unbeaten team in a tournament otherwise marked by its unpredictability.
West Indies vs Zimbabwe in Chittagong

Alzzari Joseph tipped for a bright future-Pic from ICC

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Shamar Springer surprises Bangladesh in U19 Semi-Final

February 11, 2016

shamar springer Shamar Springer had plenty to dance about after an incisive spell with the ball and a match-winning unbeaten 62 © Getty Images 

Vikal Dikshit, for ESPNcricinfo, 11 February 2016

West Indies Under-19s ended up stunning over 10,000 fans at the Shere Bangla Stadium by chasing down 227, with three wickets in hand, in an anxious fashion against Bangladesh Under-19s in the semi-final of the Under-19 World Cup. West Indies were cruising at 147 for 3 and seemed to be buckle under pressure after captain Shimron Hetmyer fell for 60. They lost two more wickets for 34 runs but were salvaged by Shamar Springer‘s unbeaten 62 after his incisive spell of 10-0-36-2. West Indies will make their second appearance in an Under-19 World Cup final when they take on India Under-19s in Mirpur on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Andrew Fernando’s Readings of the T20 at Pune

February 11, 2016

Andrew Fidel Fernando

I. “Sri Lanka’s pole-thin co-operative,” ESPNcricinfo, February 2016

The pole-thin co-operative: Sri Lanka unearthed a skinny quick with serious potential in Dushmantha Chameera last year. In this match, Chameera may have played a role in finding another just like him. The second ball of Kasun Rajitha‘s career stopped slightly on Rohit Sharma, who spooned the ball just wide of the bowler. Chameera made quick ground moving to his right from mid-off, and dove athletically, both feet off the ground, to secure the catch. That first wicket sent Rajitha into raptures, and he would go on to set the tone for the innings with four more excellent balls in that over.

Dasun Shanaka of Sri Lanka celebrates the wicket of Hardik Pandya of India during the first Paytm T20 Trophy International match between India and Sri Lanka held at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune on the 9th February 2016 Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

Dasun Shanaka oBCCI / Sportzpix

Kasun Rajitha of Sri Lanka celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of India during the first Paytm T20 Trophy International match between India and Sri Lanka held at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune on the 9th February 2016 Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

Kasun Rajitha
Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

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The Kasun and Dasun Show? Sri Lanka topple India at Pune

February 10, 2016

Michael Roberts

Kasun and Dasun. Two raw young and unknown pacemen. They sliced the formidable Indian top-order of batsmen apart, spiking a poor total of 101 which Sri Lanka reached in relative comfort. That line of emphasis is striking… eye-catching and sensationalist. It is only a part-truth. As with most cricket outcomes it took many factors to come together to craft Sri Lanka’s unexpected win – unexpected because Lanka were/are without Mathews, Dilshan and Malinga.

Many will point to the crucial winning of the toss and the Sri Lankan think-tank’s wise decision to bowl first. Yes, two crucial elements in the final outcome.

Kasun Rajitha of Sri Lanka celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of India during the first Paytm T20 Trophy International match between India and Sri Lanka held at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune on the 9th February 2016 Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

Kasun Rajitha of Sri Lanka celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of India during the first Paytm T20 Trophy International match between India and Sri Lanka held at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune on the 9th February 2016
Photo by: Ron Gaunt / BCCI / Sportzpics

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