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Paul Dennett

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I honestly think it was a huge toss to win. SA did bowl well and Aus should have batted better but I think if Australia had batted first they’d have won.

Australia, seemingly cruising to victory, lose the second T20

Thank you!

Australia, seemingly cruising to victory, lose the second T20

I definitely agree re Hazlewood over Richardson. Richardson is good – and he’s clever – but I think Hazlewood showed at the back end of the BBL that he’s just as effective in T20 as in Tests and should be in the national side.

Australia annihilate South Africa in the first T20

I agree – and with spin playing such a big part in T20s and Australia having big grounds hopefully he’ll be a star in the upcoming World Cup.

Australia annihilate South Africa in the first T20

Thanks! Yes, you’re right. In fact at the international level England persisted with the red ball for ages in ODIs: even for the 1997 Ashes tour they used red balls for the 3 ODIs they played against Australia.

I have fallen into the habit of using ‘white ball cricket’ to mean limited overs cricket, even though for much of its history that was not literally correct. I should have made this clear in the article.

Cheers
Paul

Cricket's white-ball revolution began very quietly

Thanks Paul! I think one way or another one day cricket would eventually have emerged. Two-innings cricket over multiple days really was a 19th century invention and it’s pleasantly amazing it has remained as popular as it has been for so long. But without faster versions I don’t think cricket could have remained a major sport. The rise of the professionals quite probably did influence the timing, as you say.

Cricket's white-ball revolution began very quietly

There were even a few crowds of 80,000+ at the MCG in the 1980s. I miss the days when ODIs seemed to really matter. Now only World Cup ODI games really do.

I don’t blame T20 – I think ODIs were losing popularity anyway. I like the BBL – I find it fun, plus it’s introducing a new audience to the sport. I think the BBL will help safeguard Tests in this country and that makes me happy.

Cricket's white-ball revolution began very quietly

Minus Namibia:)

How many countries have hosted the Cricket World Cup?

Thanks! Yes, it’s difficult. The fact Scotland and England play as separate teams makes it seem appropriate to separate them – but it’s complicated somewhat by the fact Wales effectively play as part of England!

How many countries have hosted the Cricket World Cup?

Your memory is better than mine. I’d forgotten that series – just looked it up. It was in 2004 – Australia beat Pakistan in the final. And yes, very rain-affected: 2 games rained off and another needed Duckworth Lewis. Only one full 50-over game.

How many countries have hosted the Cricket World Cup?

I agree completely with the difficulty of buying them. Was going to include this in the article but it would have been too long. I once bought tickets to a test match in Durham in the north of England. I think it was only the second test ever held at the venue but they were far far superior to us: you could you choose the exact seat/s you wanted on an interactive mat – and you could also flip perspective and see exactly what your view of the pitch would be in each seat.

The SCG: A great ground that could be better

Thanks Will! Pleasingly the SCG have just contacted the Roar to announce pass outs will be offered for this test. First time ever! This despite them saying they won’t be on their website – and when I phoned them to check yesterday.

The SCG: A great ground that could be better

I do enjoy the experience; I want it to be better. Do you think that appalling food and no pass outs are acceptable? As for the prices, Cricket Australia should not be allowing profiteering to take place. They are custodians of the game – nothing more – and pure profit (especially shortsighted short-term profit) is not what they are meant to be about.

And I don’t think the market supporst these prices anyway – I expect lots of empty seats this year.

The SCG: A great ground that could be better

I guess I place ultimate blame with Cricket Australia. They run the game – it isn’t good enough for them to let a stadium do as they please, to the detriment of their product.

The SCG: A great ground that could be better

Yeah the pass outs thing is unbelievable. I rang them just to make sure and they confirmed there are still none.

The SCG: A great ground that could be better

There’s a huge difference in the way members are treated from the rest. Although I will say in their defence that back in the full strength days it could get pretty ghastly by the final session – beer being hurled everywhere etc.

The SCG: A great ground that could be better

Fair enough – I am wrong.

Scheduling and over rates cloud Australia's ODI win

Absolutely! They need to get serious about swing and reverse swing once and for all or this will just keep happening.

Humiliation in the UAE a true sign of Pakistan's willpower

Thanks biltongbek. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on the pitches because I also think that by preparing 2 out of 3 dead pitches when Australia toured this year, South Africa significantly reduced the quality of the matches as a spectacle.

Humiliation in the UAE a true sign of Pakistan's willpower