That was as freakish a display of batting for its day as those produced by AB de Villiers or Jos Buttler far more recently. Like Bradman, they come from multi-sport backgrounds: de Villiers is famously good at everything from tennis and golf to rugby and athletics. Buttler was a formidable tennis player, and got the idea for his off-side scoop shot after watching a ball rebound oddly from a stick during a hockey match. Eoin Morgan derives much of his technique from hurling, a game he played in Ireland as a younger man. Sam Billings credits his speed through the ball to rackets rather than any kind of cricket coaching. … [Read more...] about Why didn’t everyone copy Bradman?
The ICC is unlikely to weigh in unless CSA complains formally, and the fact is Mthethwa hasn't done anything yet. But the ICC constitution makes plain that a member is obliged to "manage its affairs autonomously and ensure that there is no government (or other public or quasi-public body) interference in its governance, regulation and/or administration of cricket in its cricket playing country (including in operational matters, in the selection and management of teams, and in the appointment of coaches or support personnel)". … [Read more...] about Government intervention looms for South Africa cricket
It will be the first action for South Africa men's national team since they returned home from India in March, when the pandemic hit. Shortly before that tour, they had run England close in another white-ball series, drawing 1-1 in the ODIs before losing 2-1 in the T20Is. … [Read more...] about England tour of South Africa given the government go-ahead
Dharmalingam said that CSA turned a profit of Rand 50 million (USD 3.03 million approx.) in the last financial year, thanks largely to a weak rand and cost-cutting measures. The organisation's finances work on a four-year cycle and it continued to forecast major losses (initially estimated at Rand 654 million or USD39.7 between 2019 and 2022) but had hoped to mitigate that by hosting India for three T20Is in August and England for three ODIs and three T20Is later this year. The India series did not take place because of the Covid-19 situation, and has been removed from CSA's budget, suggesting it would not happen this season, so CSA's hopes for a successful summer has hinged on England's visit. … [Read more...] about England tour of ‘critical importance’ – CSA plea to South African parliament
Time Suck of the Week 30 It’s amazing, sometimes, to think that this is the 28th season that the NFL has had some form of instant replay on the books, and there are still times the system works like it’s 1965. Replay is a great tool, when used correctly. When it isn’t, and when a totally obvious call takes two minutes and 33 seconds to adjudicate, it just sucks the air out of the game and ticks off viewers at home and needlessly motivates people to change the channel because people just can’t realize why this officiating insurance policy, can take so long. … [Read more...] about FMIA Week 2: Let Russ Cook? Wilson Has Ingredients For First MVP Season