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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Urn - Times

1. Ever since that crazy end to a topsy-turvy Test, I've been wondering what Shane Warne would make of his Horatio act. Here you go, his latest column.
2. Richard Hobson puts his finger on the key differentiator between the two sides -- the fast men.
It's stunning, really. For Australia, Glenn McGrath has 14 wickets at an average of 20.21 and a strike rate of 34.7 in just two games -- despite tripping on a stray ball and mucking up his ankle; then doing his elbow a bit of no good. Brett Lee, the guy Trevor Hohns and company figured before the Ashes tour wasn't good enough to make the Test side, rehabilitated himself with 19 wickets at 33.68 and a strike rate of 46.7. Michael Kasprowicz -- the man who edged Lee out of the Test side -- has four wickets from two Tests at 62.50 and a strike rate of 78.0. And then there is Jason Gillespie -- three Tests, three wickets, an average of a level 100.00, a strike rate, if you can call it that, of 134.0. (Sure, there is Shane Warne -- 28 wickets at 19.67, a strike rate of 37.8, and a stunning economy rate of 3.11, but let's stay with the fast men here).
Against that, there is the England quartet: Simon Jones, 18@21.00 and a strike rate of 34.0; Harmison 16@28.87 and a strike rate of 51.9; Freddy Flintoff 19@30.36 and a strike rate of 50.5 and Hoggard, 12@31.33 and a strike rate of 49.0.
The most striking part of the England quartet's performance? Every single one of them has an economy rate under 4 an over, with Hoggard at 3.8 being the most 'expensive'.


  • If Australia had playing Gillispe and and half playing Kaspo, they would be ahead in the series. Same can be said about Hayden as well. I am most curious to see if they do K Lal or Houdini on Hayden.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 21:38  

  • It could be misguiding though. To look at it the other way, Aussies have been dropping catches and playing too loosely while batting.

    By Blogger Mayank, at 21:49  

  • In the Warne column I especially noticed the following
    Some of the umpiring came under scrutiny at Trent Bridge. I think those guys have it so tough. It must be one of the hardest jobs in the world. They deserve to be paid at least the same as the players — probably more because they have to concentrate on every ball.

    The issue of technology in umpiring is often raised and over recent times the job has become so difficult that I believe it should be considered. This is not taking responsibility from the umpires; just giving them some help. There is so much at stake these days and a career can be on the line over a fraction of an inch when a ball comes down at 90 miles per hour. We are talking split-seconds in real-life time.

    How well 'covered' the pro-umpires side of discussion, while going on to reccomend something usually associated with the anti-umpires lobby !...Warne is really making me a bigger fan. I wonder how can the all-knowing Aussie cricket machinery have ignored this man for captaincy !

    By Blogger worma, at 04:02  

  • Worma

    That's bcos CA mixes up personal and public life. They expect the captain to be a role model for the younger generation...
    Not sure how many would want Ponting as a role model.Has such uncouth habits like spitting into his hand and wiping them...Yuck!!!!
    Bad mouthing the opposition not withstanding.,And Warne for all his personal escapades was definitely a good candidate..now I guess it is too late

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 07:05  

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