Finch is really out of form.


He’s been worked out, he’s a very average cricketer technically.


This is interesting.

There’s a mention of the ABC stuff as well, they must retain a bit, cricket was a big part of the _Late Night Legends _ with Lex Marinos when ABC2 launched.


Australia has been bowled out by India for 230 in the third and deciding ODI match at the MCG. Batting was difficult under overcast conditions and a slowing pitch. Phenomenal performance by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who took 6 for 42 in his first appearance this series. The game is for India to lose now.


I was a member of the Gabba for about 20 years…

Gave it up because the place is just getting too old. When we didn’t win the rights to the first test, that was the last straw. Last night’s fiasco just confirmed my decision.

Good of the Kiwis to try and work out a solution though…


Except it’s solely the responsibility of the umps!


Few things of note:

  • Its obvious on this basis that Messrs Warner and Smith are a cut above
  • The stats suggest that SMarsh should be selected - I’d argue that he’s proven to have “Mitchell Pierce Syndrome” - great at state level, but terrible at rep level
  • Dismissals per innings is a terrible measure for a keeper - however an office lunchroom discussion today suggests that other stats are not great ether (dropped catches per innings is problematic for instance)


Queensland electricity company Energex has confirmed last night’s partial blackout at The Gabba, which led to the BBL match to be abandoned, was caused by a fault in an underground cable. As the result, Energex is offering ticket holders to last night’s game free entry to any day of the day/night test next week.


India has ended its Australian tour on a high, beating the home side by seven wickets at the MCG to win the ODI series 2-1. It was India’s first one-day series win in Australia since 2007/08. India won the test series and ODI series and tied with Australia in the Twenty20 series. Surely India will be the favourite to take out this year’s World Cup in England.
Australia’s average batting was compounded in the field when they dropped three catches during India’s run chase. The Aussies will get their chance for revenge next month when they tour India for two Twenty20 matches and five one-day games.
The miserable summer of Australian men’s team continues, its last chance to claim a trophy will be the two-test series against the out-of-form Sri Lanka starting next week.

Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder today lodged a formal protest against the “no result” handed down for last night’s BBL match at The Gabba.


I’m tipping an England/India final. The Poms will be pretty hard to beat in their own backyard. The Aussies will be battling to reach the finals stage given that it’s a full round robin this time. I expect NZ to do well, too.


But aren’t England the number 1 in the world in One Days? I don’t really rate India’s One Day performance. Against an underwhelming Australia they lost one game and only just won the last.


Rankings order is: England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Scotland, UAE. The order may change slightly as India next play NZ, and South Africa are about to play Pakistan.

For the record, the test order following the South Africa sweep of Pakistan is: India, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe

The T20 International rankings are: Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Scotland, Zimbabwe, UAE, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Oman, Ireland.

The Womens ODI rankings: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ireland

Women’s T20 international rankings: Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Thailand, UAE, Uganda, Kenya, PNG, Nepal, Samoa, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Netherlands, Qatar, China, Namibia, Japan, Botswana, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, Germany, Oman, Brazil, Vanuatu, South Korea, France, Mozambique, Denmark, Zambia, Malawi, Belgium, Chile, Peru, Lesotho, Swaziland, Singapore


Kind of ironic that Australia’s best men’s ranking is now T20I, as I’m sure they would prefer to be more successful in the more traditional formats.

The success of the BBL probably has a bit to do with that.


A lot of their position comes from winning 5 games in a row against Eng and NZ last season at home. It’s a weird, convoluted formula to say the least.


We just don’t seem to have anyone with a mindset like that of Cheteshwar Pujara.

There was a time when the Sheffield Shield had plenty of ‘test-ready/test quality’ players… ‘Give Matt a bat’ - Hayden was averaging over 100 for Queensland and couldn’t even make his way into the test side (errr… actually arguably they weren’t prepared to make way for him).

I agree, the success of the BBL is largely the reason… a T20 ‘specialist’ can go all over the world participating in the various T20 comps and make good money…

The scary thing is… we now even have T10 specialists - see eg Chris Green.


Hobart Hurricanes put on a batting masterclass in tonight’s BBL match - in Adelaide no less. Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short hit to all parts of Adelaide Oval and gave their team the first 10 wicket win this BBL season. The Scorchers batted first but their score of 5/155 was not enough.


Apparently only the second 10 wicket win in BBL history.


the first was with the Scorchers, it might have been against the Renegades a few years back.


Back in BBL05 at Docklands Stadium. :joy:


Anyone betting the Hurricanes to take out the title this year?