Cricket Part II


Also leaving some more grass on their wickets. Full credit to them, getting the best out of their players.


Most of our domestic comps have green pitches I think, but some reason when they play internationally they struggle against the swing


Weren’t duke balls used for the last half of the shield season just gone?


Not sure. Possibly


Yes they were


Duke balls have been used the last two years for the back-half of the Shield season.


Can’t believe how Pakistan have ■■■■■■ this up. They had England 6 down and about 50 runs short of making them beat again, now Buttler and Bess have put on 125 for the 7th wicket.

England will win in a canter from here


Looks like the Poms have picked another spinner based on his batting ability. The new Ashley Giles?


First class batting average of 25, bowling average 22 with SR 45. Pretty good record to start with


I bet you could have an educated guess.


Apparently a couple of ausralian batsmen took some money to bat slowly from Indian bookmakers.


Got to hand it to Pakistan. Very professional performance. Can only wish we can show their level of application when we are over in England next year.


And stats show that there has been minimal difference in averages.


So how do we fix our problem with swing bowling?


V.impressive century by Shane Watson in IPL final. Scoreless first 10 balls then gets 100 off next 41 balls.

Shane Watson smashed 117 off 57 balls in a stunning, unbeaten century as Chennai Super Kings won their third Indian Premier League title with a thumping eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Chennai cruised to 2-181 in 18.3 overs against a team known for successfully defending their total.

Watson’s incredible knock was made all the more impressive after the former Australian Test player failed to score off his first 10 balls.

It was a perfect comeback for Chennai after a two-year ban due to corruption charges.

Chennai, playing in its seventh final in the world’s preeminent Twenty20 tournament, had previously won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.

“Every win is special, so difficult to pick any one win,” Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

Earlier, after being put into bat, captain Kane Williamson (47) missed out on his ninth half-century in this year’s IPL and Yusuf Pathan made an unbeaten 45 to lift Hyderabad’s total to 6-178.

Watson, 36, smartly orchestrated the run-chase by hitting 11 fours and eight sixes while keeping strike bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-17) and Rashid Khan (0-24) wicketless.

Together with Suresh Raina, who scored 32, Watson featured in a 117-run second wicket stand and took the game away from Hyderabad.

Watson, after setting himself in his scoreless opening spell at the crease, took charge against seamer Sandeep Sharma (1-52) and Sidarth Kaul (0-43) with his exquisite pull shots and deft cuts.

“Things fell my way nicely tonight but to be able to do it in such a big game, it’s very special,” Watson said.

“After those first 10 balls, I was hoping to catch up … once the ball stopped swinging, it got easier.”

Watson raised his half-century off 33 balls with a six over midwicket off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan.

He then smashed two fours and three successive sixes off Sandeep in the 13th over, which went for 27 runs as Williamson ran out of ideas over how to stem the flow of runs.

Watson completed his second IPL century of the season off 51 balls with a single at cover off Rashid’s last over before smashing the Afghanistan leg-spinner for two consecutive boundaries.

Hyderabad’s innings lost its momentum once opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (26) was clean-bowled by Ravindra Jadeja in the ninth over with the total on 64.

New Zealand skipper Williamson became only the fifth batsman in IPL history to score more than 700 runs in a season, but he was outfoxed by leg-spinner Karn Sharma and was stumped by Dhoni in the 13th over.

Williamson was the top-scorer in the tournament, with 735 runs at an impressive average of 52.50 and strike rate of 142.44.

“We thought it’ll be a competitive total but the pitch did hold a bit,” Williamson said.

“The boys are hurting at the moment but we’ve fought hard.”


No, apparently a bookmaker is trying to claim that and both the ICC ans CA have said there is zero evidence of that happening.


From the article I read on the cricinfo website it said CA have asked for an unedited version of it. Wouldn’t let mepost the link here. Maybe it’s been updated since?


I think one claim is that Maxwell overally defended the over before lunch in the test he made a 100. I would have thought given the Australian batting order’s propensity to give up wickets before a break is on par with Essendon giving up red time goals it was a smart move. Apparently he was defending in such a way to ensure he didn’t score any runs.


Not like the media to go off half-cocked and run with claims that have no basis in truth because they have a dodgy witness who is trying to butter up a potential income source.

“hey I can get anyone to do anything in a test. Look at this test, they went slow during this over, that was because i made them do that”.

Nice evidence if you can use it.


We could make ball tampering legal in Shield cricket.

But seriously, it’s too early to tell if the Duke will make a difference, two half seasons is not enough to gauge, especially when it’s the second half of the season when the pitches tend to be a bit drier and harder.