Cricket: More Than a Game

Test cricket = Best cricket.

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ODI World Cup Final - Look at this, the best game of cricket of all time

Ashes test cricket - Hold my beer

That is insane, ended up watching the last 40 mins or so at work on my mate's phone, hiding on the quiet part of the store.

davet010 wrote:

Test cricket = Best cricket.

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This this and a billions times this.

My word. What a game. Ben Stokes is just a total legend. And Leach! The most famous 1not out ever!

That dropped run out, the lbw not given after the Aussies had wasted their refereal, the dropped catch, Stokes lives a charmed life but those sixes, that composure when he was batting all day, in 30 degree heat. Just wow.

I think that the umpiring throughout the series has been utterly abysmal. OK the Aussies may not have helped themselves with that appalling referral (it was obvious even in real time that the ball pitched outside leg), but the lbw was totally obvious.

I'm not quite sure whether it's the million cameras and analysis of every ball that is showing up things that may just have been argued after the fact before, but when you've got games like the last Test where the umpires made 12 mistakes EACH, then something isn't right.

Just don't let them go to a VAR-style system where every appeal is reviewed, or else we'll be reducing five-day Tests to one inning each.

davet010 wrote:

I think that the umpiring throughout the series has been utterly abysmal. OK the Aussies may not have helped themselves with that appalling referral (it was obvious even in real time that the ball pitched outside leg), but the lbw was totally obvious.

I'm not quite sure whether it's the million cameras and analysis of every ball that is showing up things that may just have been argued after the fact before, but when you've got games like the last Test where the umpires made 12 mistakes EACH, then something isn't right.

Just don't let them go to a VAR-style system where every appeal is reviewed, or else we'll be reducing five-day Tests to one inning each.

The ICC Cricket Umpire's Elite panel has 12 umpires on it, 7 of which are Australian or British and therefore ineligible for the Ashes. they are also - by some distance - the best umpires.

Joel Wilson has a 60% failure rate when his decisions are reviewed - that it, in 6 out of 10 reviews his original decision will be overturned. Or, he gets it right less than half the time. Stokes was plumb just before the end there, Wilson should have given him out. I can't believe he didn't.

I think Ricky Ponting has already said he's going to bring this issue at the next ICC meeting so that so long as so the two captains agree, Umpires from competing team's countries can umpire a match they are involved in. I understand the reasoning but it's not really the answer.

I tried watching some cricket the other day. I can't, I keep getting flashbacks of balls bouncing off bats and Boult stepping on the boundary.

Sorbicol wrote:
davet010 wrote:

I think that the umpiring throughout the series has been utterly abysmal. OK the Aussies may not have helped themselves with that appalling referral (it was obvious even in real time that the ball pitched outside leg), but the lbw was totally obvious.

I'm not quite sure whether it's the million cameras and analysis of every ball that is showing up things that may just have been argued after the fact before, but when you've got games like the last Test where the umpires made 12 mistakes EACH, then something isn't right.

Just don't let them go to a VAR-style system where every appeal is reviewed, or else we'll be reducing five-day Tests to one inning each.

The ICC Cricket Umpire's Elite panel has 12 umpires on it, 7 of which are Australian or British and therefore ineligible for the Ashes. they are also - by some distance - the best umpires.

Joel Wilson has a 60% failure rate when his decisions are reviewed - that it, in 6 out of 10 reviews his original decision will be overturned. Or, he gets it right less than half the time. Stokes was plumb just before the end there, Wilson should have given him out. I can't believe he didn't.

I think Ricky Ponting has already said he's going to bring this issue at the next ICC meeting so that so long as so the two captains agree, Umpires from competing team's countries can umpire a match they are involved in. I understand the reasoning but it's not really the answer.

I'd happily take both Illingworth and Kettleborough as the umpires for the series. The reasons for neutral umpires have significantly diluted since this protocol was introduced. Let's have the best officiating the biggest games please.

End of the day today was almost like England were desperate to get Ben Stokes into the game ASAP.

More desperate than the City Council and Metrolink are to get the supporters there, though - the service is all but out of operation tomorrow, due to 'essential maintenance'.

I mean, it's not like they've had months and months of notice that the last day of an Ashes Test fell on that Su.....oh, wait.

A compelling series between two equally matched sides completely ruined by Steve Smith......