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Really? I wonder how much 20 x 20 you have watched. The last five overs of most 20s are almost always a run feast, not a slow meander to defeat.

Australia choke against South Africa

I’ve got to say that in years of watching Australia, I have never seen a display like that. It should never have got to needing twenty in the last two overs then to make just eight is frankly pathetic. Morgan and Moeen slaughtered virtually the same bowlers only a week or too ago.
Loved to be a fly on the wall when Warner and the other guy got back to the dressing room.

Australia choke against South Africa

But not the second, South Africa win by 12 runs.

Australia annihilate South Africa in the first T20

You may well be right on you point about in confusion for selectors in the World Cup. Predicting the result of a game before a bowl has been bowled has always made us look like fools at times, having said that my views, for what there worth, are that I would never go for five bowlers. All bowlers in the last series have gone round the park despite both teams have some good bowlers both pace and spin.
Finally, Bavuma the South African opening bat has been a real find for them and a great fielder to boot. Watch out for him.

Australia's tour of South Africa is just kinda... there

Having watched their three match series with England, which was edge of the chair stuff, I feel that Australia will have their work cut out to win the series.
The wickets are slow and turn by the spinners is negative, in fact you could call it a bowler’s nightmare.
While the grounds are relatively small the wind was a factor in boundary catches for two of the games.
South Africa’s first 5 batsmen are good but after that they tend to fall away, whereas England bat all the way down and I feel that was how the series was decided.

Aussies set to rediscover the joy of six in South Africa

England win the series 2-1, easily the best 3 games I’ve watched, edge of the chair stuff, but the overall winner is 20-20 cricket. congratulations to both teams.

No choke this time as England hold on in final over thriller

England win by two runs to square the series, fantastic cricket by both sides.

Cari.

England's epic final-over choke hands South Africa thrilling victory

England performance was lambasted in the English press as well as here. They lost by a single run and according to the Pundits that calls for wholesale changes to the team and heads of certain players to fall. It makes one wonder if any of these fair weather friends ever picked up a cricket bat in anger.

In fact it was edge of the chair watching and the result depending on the last ball bowled. What would you rather watch? This or a team struggling to put 70 on the board and being stuffed by 10 wickets? No contest is there.

Congrats South Africa.

Cari.

England's epic final-over choke hands South Africa thrilling victory

Ponting, A.N. Other, a Pundit and canned applause. Personally I turn the sound off and watch the cricket, its easy.

Hales defends fielding as Thunder keep BBL hopes alive

Got to agree with you mate. Pundits are headline seekers; they have to be, it goes with the job. In the UK we have our own merry band which find it impossible to utter single word without waving their arms at you to make sure you have really understood every pearl of wisdom from their lips.
“If he had put a fielder there he would have been out”
“Absolutely mate, how many fielders would you like eighty?”

I must admit I read the intro to this piece with a grin on my face. It’s a bit rich when an Australian seeks the high moral ground on sledging on the field of play. Cricketers of all nationalities are mostly in their twenties from different backgrounds and a mix of personalities. Banter has always been part of the game but it sometimes goes way over the top i.e. racial abuse and insulting a player’s family should be dealt with immediately by the on field umpires, I favour the offender being sent off the field and taking no further part in the game so forcing his team to play with ten players, that way there would be little if any support from his fellow team members. This I know sounds harsh but match fines don’t mean much to a player and for a noted few they certainly don’t work.

I feel certain sympathy for Stokes as the incident, it wouldn’t have happened but for an idiot in the crowd hurling a volley of abuse at him. I also so note there was no mention of the result of the Test, but then I didn’t expect there would be.

England are cricket's new bad boys

I must admit I read the intro to this piece with a grin on my face. It’s a bit rich when an Australian seeks the high moral ground on sledging on the field of play. Cricketers of all nationalities are mostly in their twenties from different backgrounds and a mix of personalities. Banter has always been part of the game but it sometimes goes way over the top i.e. racial abuse and insulting a player’s family should be dealt with immediately by the on field umpires, I favour him being sent off the field and taking no further part in the game so forcing his team to play with ten players, that way there would be little if any support from his fellow team members. This I know sounds harsh but match fines don’t mean much to a player and for a few offenders they certainly don’t work.

I feel certain sympathy for Stokes as the incident wouldn’t have happened but for an idiot in the crowd hurling a volley of abuse at him. I also so note there was no mention of the result of the Test, but then I didn’t expect there would be.

England are cricket's new bad boys

As a watcher from afar (England) I have always viewed the twenty over game as a mix and should be televised as such. In the early years the format got it close to right, I still remember the little dog with a grin. But now we get three guys in a box, two retired cricketers and a pundit eager to tell us what we have just seen. Or, reminiscing about old times while the pundit shuffles his notes and tries desperately to get into the conversation. I’ve never seen the old captain of Australia looking more bored.

You know something is very wrong when they turn up the canned applause to its maximum.

The Big Bash has big problems

As been pointed out, player has to be found guilty bad behavior for three times before being banned for the next game.For Rabada it was his third time and to be honest his lack of control isn’t in the past a good example. The on field umpires heard what was said and reported it. I’m happy with that, a line has to be drawn between banter and going completely over the top. He has to put some growing up time in.

Proteas coach queries legitimacy of Rabada suspension

Warner is not my favorite Australian for a number of reasons, but no doubt Broad well shed a tear or two when he retires.

David Warner can still dominate Test cricket

How wonderful we can all be in retrospect where heroes are made for one week and complete idiots two weeks later. Cricket has an annoying habit of raising two fingers at Pundits, Pro Selectors and amateur selectors. I suppose that’s why we follow it, it’s an unfolding drama which keeps us watching as the actors take their place on the stage and all bets are off.

England win despite stunning Matt Wade ton

Not a bad summer, World Cup, crushing win at the Oval by 135 and a great win for the girls in the Solheim Cup. See you all for the Big Bash.

Regards Cari.

The Liebke Ratings: Fifth Ashes Test

Pundits are always looking for headlines, it goes with the job. When there’s nothing much else to write about they dredge up some of the old stuff. The present subject is an obvious example, ball tampering has been done to death over the past years, its old news. I prefer to watch and enjoy the cricket; this game is far from over, sit back and enjoy.

England have no moral high ground over ball tampering

Kudos to Smith but the favourite result is a draw unless there is a collapse in English batting similar to the last Test and I can’t see that happening in Manchester. If England fail to make the runs to avoid the follow on then they deserve to loose.

Matthew Wade caps off perfect Aussie day with a dead set screamer

It seems we are going to using a bouncing war and I’m not convinced it’s going to work; I would have included Sam Curran who is young but is a thinking bowler and a better bat. But we’ll see.

England confirm one change for fourth Ashes Test

Anderson is out of the Test Series, one less worry for Australia.

Khawaja and Harris post 50s in Ashes shoot-out

Is it all over? No, Australia only has to win one to retain the Ashes. Let’s stop the crap of the last few days and look forward to a battle. Bring it on.

Are England now Ashes favourites?

Brilliant suggestion that would mean we would have more referrals than cricket and completely ruin the game as a spectator sport. What we have know is probably the best we can have and over the five tests the strongest team will still win.

How a botched run out, another umpire howler and a burned review cost Australia the Test

I’m coming to the conclusion that some posters here don’t like the rules of the game when it works against them but have no problem to when a last ball of a test match was rolled slowly along the pitch to take a four to loose the game impossible. It was in the rules then and altered immediately after.

How a botched run out, another umpire howler and a burned review cost Australia the Test

This is getting silly, judging by some of the post here makes me wonder just how many have ever played the game. Everybody who has knows that the umpire’s ruling is right even if you think it wasn’t. Referrals rules are well known without the need for further explanation. The umpire in question never had the luxury of seeing the reply slowed down; he had to make an instant decision which was ‘Not Out’. Both England and Australia have suffered from bad decisions but we have to except them
. Trying to alter the result is futile, the games over, England won and Australia lost, end of story.

How a botched run out, another umpire howler and a burned review cost Australia the Test

What you are saying is that the umpire got it wrong I am not disputing that, but umpires can’t review lbw decisions they have to give a decision almost instantly. Whether you approve or not isn’t the issue, those are the rules.

How a botched run out, another umpire howler and a burned review cost Australia the Test