Their Travis Head.
I thought I would feed you the line (before anyone else did)
Think you can safely go to bed now Pete.
Lost our first 2 games against South Africa and India beat both those teams in the semi and final. Well played, and I can finally get some sleep.
Funnily enough I knew he would get himself out with the last ball
It was the anthesis of Bazball aka Brainless Cricket
Well played Australia. Particularly pleased for Pat Cummins who receives a lot of unwarranted criticism for his captaincy.
He is an exceptional bowler and by all accounts a very decent man.
Me too. Called it out loud before the ball was bowled.
Don’t agree about Bazball when properly played which it wasn’t in the first two Ashes tests this Summer - that was indeed brainless - but was much improved in the latter ones. They just had to learn to curtail their enthusiasm.
I heard only an hour or so of commentary and caught a few minutes of highlights. Looked like Australia were tactically spot on throughout. Head’s catch was fantastic, and crucial.
Did India bottle it? I’d say Austrslia just played smarter, which considering the the crowd was no mean feat.
Australia start a T20 series against India on Thursday. How daft is that? I imagine they want to go home and celebrate etc. Motivation will be interesting.
0/10 for motivation, but how’s that for timing ?
I suspect the Indians will be out for revenge
I have watched quite a lot of India and Australia in the WC and it is obvious to me where they were going wrong. Lol. I watched the highlights of Head’s innings again this morning and watched most of Labuschagne’s innings yesterday.
There was a worrying lack of top edges and LBWs caused by sweeping and reverse sweeping. Not a switch hit in sight. No ramp or reverse ramps and certainly not the straight ahead ramp that bowls you through the legs. (Joe Root). And as for Marnus taking over 100 balls to reach 50. England would have sacked him.
I think England deserved what they got tbh.
Similar to England playing Australia right after last year’s T20 World Cup. Nobody seemed to care and I don’t blame them.
I think the India/Aus T20s will be a non event and I can’t see me staying till 3 in the morning to watch them live. Re the lack of T20 shots and Bazball in general I always thought it would come unstuck especially when played in tests and ODIs, there’s no substitute for patience and technique.
It’s cricket not baseball.
I just watched the highlights of Sunday night’s game. I know I’m Australian but I’m still amazed they managed to beat India the huge and noisy crowd were screaming for their wickets. I don’t know how they weren’t intimidated. Great performance from the bowlers and if one or two of top order fail they don’t panic, someone picks up the baton and they get on with it.
The teams in good hands.
I think Bazball will work in test cricket as long as you have a Stokes in your team who can play it either way depending on what has gone before.
I think once Stokes retires we’ll be back to a calmer, less entertaining form of cricket.
The other aspect to consider is if your attack is pretty average with no quality spinner you need longer in the field to get a side out.
Needed in Tests as well imho.
Can’t see the point IMV e.g. why 3 times? The better action would surely be to penalise a slow team with (serious) penalty runs at the end of the allotted timed period, and that includes Test cricket.
I must admit I don’t favour these tinkerings where a responsibility is shifted from a team/captain, to the officials. It just gives the teams/captains room to moan at the officials when debateable matters arise.
I assume the ‘stop clock’ will also apply to the batsmen too? And you can bet your boots there will be exceptions allowed in places like India, where changing gloves, drinks et al generates material breaks in play.
Agree, a fussy and probably unenforceable way of tackling the issue, and fails to address the batsmen causing delays, as is often the case in longer format.
Just empower the on-field umpires to take and keep control of the pace of the match, with sympathetic decisions in some situations (such as heat or genuine injury) and sanctions where required.
These complexities that further switch decision-making and enforcement to off-field officials and technology in cricket, RU and football are a blight on sport and just erode the authority of on-field officials. This is not just a problem at elite level but has consequences further down the sporting pyramid where technology is absent and where umpires/refs etc are increasingly subject to abuse and disrespect.