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Monday, August 08, 2005

Waugh path

Steve Waugh's latest column talks of the modern trend of fast-scoring -- the pros, of which he sees a lot; the cons, which to his mind are little or none.
During my captaincy we never really decided that 300 runs a day was what we wanted — rather, it was more about the way we went about our business that would give us the outcome we desired.
We had a talented batting line-up that gave us the luxury of attacking regularly and never letting the opposition bowlers settle.
By scoring so quickly we were able to disorient them and confuse their plans by keeping the pressure on them constantly.

He also talks of Michael Vaughan's penchant for getting bowled (There is no insight into what's going wrong with Hayden and, to a lesser extent, Gilchrist, but that's no surprise really, is it?), and where Waugh thinks the problem lies:
As a top-order batsman, having your defence penetrated is worrying enough, but it is the manner in which it is happening that looks to be of real concern. Vaughan is looking for demons in the pitch and not watching the ball out of the bowler’s hand. Consequently he is late in his movements.


  • I believe that fast scoring has a lot of advantages - if you bat first and have a decent bowling line up, scoring fast gives you time. And time was the biggest problem earlier when teams used to try to keep wickets in hand and then try to force a result.

    Now, scoring at 4+ RPO, you can easily get to 350-375 at the end of day 1. You score even faster on the second day and by the end of the day, if you could get about half the other side out for about 200 or so, you are right in the driver's seat.

    The downside of course, is that you would get all out for about 400 and if the other side does the same thing and scores about 600 then you come under pressure, with so much time remaining.

    One thing is certain, teams are not going to slow down. With more and more one day games being played, the strokes will increase and so will the scoring pace. Playing to a draw will become almost comedic. There's going to be so much time on hand, that unless you are playing on a flatbed beauty which does not give ANYTHING to the bowlers, results are going to be certain, weather-permitting.

    Its all good for test cricket.

    By Blogger RPM, at 17:58  

  • Looking at hayden's form reminds us of another aussie opener mark taylor going thru a similar bad patch.. only time will tell how haydens career progresses from now on..

    By Blogger sachin, at 18:05  

  • I get a feeling more and more Aus (and even Eng) batsmen are trying to take the Gilchrist hit-out-of-trouble route to glory. Problem is, that method works for Gilchrist because he is alone in the team doing it...if all play like that...then Edgbaston happens :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 05:09  

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