Posts Tagged ‘Ponting’

SA vs Aus Crazy Test!

Posted: November 12, 2011 by thatmanruss in Sports
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The 11/11/11 saw one of the most interesting games of test cricket take place!
The 2nd day of the first test match at Newlands in this series had over 20 wickets fall. All 4 innings in one day is something I’ve never seen before!
In a nutshell from somebody that enjoys playing cricket and watching it and especially Test cricket (which is the purist form of the game) – this was the worst game of test cricket (from 2 top teams) I’ve EVER seen!!

Why?? I’m glad you ask! Test cricket is about application, patience, the battle of the mind, batsmen vs bowler, and so much more! I saw very little of any of that!
Teams play session by session and battle to win each session! The fact that Michael Clarke scored a century on the first day proved that by applying yourself it was fine to bat on! I hope I never see a match like that ever again!

I’m glad SA won but we must not get too excited and forget that we were also whittled out for 90 odd runs!

Me thinks too much 20/20 cricket is not a good thing!

You can bite on both!

Pakistan thrashed the West Indies by 10 wickets in the first QF in totally one-sided affair.
Coach Otis Gibson stating that one of the reasons for their poor showing – was that his senior players (Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul) did not step up to the plate!

This sets up a Semi-final clash with fellow sub-continent side India!

The Indians have just beaten the number 1 ranked ODI side in the world – Australia.

The Indians handled the pressure of performing well at home and with solid contributions from Sachin, Ghambir and Yuvraj Singh got the win.
Ricky Ponting silenced his critics (and believe me there are quite a few) with a century in probably his last World Cup match! ( A fitting way to end a very impressive World Cup career!)

Sachin notched up yet another 50 and will remain the highest run scorer in World Cup history with Ponting the closest to him.

This sets up a cracker between India and Pakistan in the next round!
Can’t wait, will keep u posted!

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 – Minnows thrashed!

Posted: February 21, 2011 by thatmanruss in Sports
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A couple of games into the World Cup (WC) and I ask the question – should the smaller cricketing nations be apart of the tournament?
I ask this because the “minnows” have been thrashed so far by the likes of the Indians, Kiwi’s and Aussies and individuals such as Sehwag and Jayawardene break records that don’t really carry much weight.
One argument is that the only way they will improve is by playing against the best and the other is that their games are a waste of time and just batting and bowling practice for the top teams.
Don’t get me wrong I want to see them improve but instead of making money out of them by including them so that more matches will be played which leads to more TV revenue. Rather invest in their local cricket development.
By that I don’t mean give out free t-shirts and biscuits but train up and invest in coaches, improve facilities and put in structured learning programmes and well managed leagues.
Get it right at that level and they will eventually compete with the big guns (yes, that includes you West Indies) and not just hope for 1 big upset as the highlight for your country every 4 years!

You can bite on both!