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Old 09-09-2019, 09:57 PM   #441
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Ricky Ponting couldn't do it, Steve Smith couldn't do it.

Tim Paine did it!
Technically Smith never captained in England. It was Michael Clarke in 2015.

The point still stands though. A 34 year old journey man keeper, who is hardly a fan favourite and was vilified after Headingley, just accomplished something a couple of the greats of Aussie cricket never have. Incredible!

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This was the first time I watched a test match for any length of time. I respect the hell out of the strategy that goes into it, but give me T20 any day.
Test matches and T20s are both awesome for different reasons. I was finding ODIs pointless since why do we need two forms of limited overs cricket. The excitement of the world cup has started to change my mind on this though.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:16 AM   #442
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Technically Smith never captained in England. It was Michael Clarke in 2015.

The point still stands though. A 34 year old journey man keeper, who is hardly a fan favourite and was vilified after Headingley, just accomplished something a couple of the greats of Aussie cricket never have. Incredible!



Test matches and T20s are both awesome for different reasons. I was finding ODIs pointless since why do we need two forms of limited overs cricket. The excitement of the world cup has started to change my mind on this though.
During the world cup, West Indies great Michael Holding made a comment that I really enjoyed:
"These guys (Young West Indies batsmen) are used to going out and hitting 45 off 30 balls and someone slaps you on the back and says Good job man. But that's not real cricket", his point being that these players are so focused on the T20 game that they dont know how to play the more patient game which is necessary in ODI and test cricket.

I think T20 can be fun but for me the real excitement in cricket is in the strategy and skill, which both fall by the wayside on T20 in favour of just giving it a bash. As Micael Holding alluded to, there is no real consequence for playing recklessly and no reward for patience.

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Old 09-10-2019, 06:49 AM   #443
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Just watch the fans during test matches, it is so nervewraking at key moments.

T20 is just for fun.
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Old 09-10-2019, 09:38 AM   #444
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Test matches and T20s are both awesome for different reasons. I was finding ODIs pointless since why do we need two forms of limited overs cricket. The excitement of the world cup has started to change my mind on this though.
I like ODIs because they are a good balance between test and T20 - and yes, I know ODI came before T20. You get most of the strategy and patience required of a test, as Party Elephant likes, while still having a sense of urgency and a need to take risks.

I was really surprised to see that there is a Canadian T20 tournament right before the Caribbean league season. Would be fun to go see, and bit of a shame it's only played in Brampton.
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Headline on my favourite kiwi cricket blog today:
"So, it was a draw in England but you had to watch the other team celebrate and lift the trophy? That must suck..."
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Haha.

Well that had to be one of the most entertaining test series I’ve ever followed. It had everything. Too bad Australia couldn’t pull off the win but considering they were on the road, the team was in turmoil, and their opening batsmen did nothing I’ll take the tie and retained ashes. I can’t wait for November 2021 when they meet again!
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