"Opatha clearly saw South Africa as a land of riches and boundless opportunity, because he asked Bacher if the tourists could be paid either in part or whole in Krugerrands" Returning to the pavilion after his 188, Seeff had a shower, and as he sat down in the players' enclosure to admire the view, was questioned by an enterprising journalist. "The press enclosure was next door, and I remember the Cape Times' Frank Heydenrych popping his head across and asking how it now feels to hold the record for the highest Test score on debut. Not really thinking, I replied that my 188 hardly compared with Kepler's 162 in an Ashes Test, but the following day there was the headline in the morning edition of the paper saying that I'd called the Sri Lankans a substandard Test team. That's how it all blew up." … [Read more...] about When Sri Lanka went to cuckoo land
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In T20, the abbreviated format makes such conclusions impossible for individual contests. Batsmen premeditate frequently and fields are set almost exclusively to minimise the damage. But over a large number of games, if one player ends up performing better than average, while another ends up performing worse than average, then it is possible to say with some certainty that the former must be doing something that is systematically superior to the latter's play. It is possible to conclude that a player has an effective range of cultivated attacking shots, or that a bowler has worked out some way to keep players quiet. Gayle fails quite often, and Narine occasionally goes for 40 runs, but this has happened systematically less often for Gayle and Narine than it has for other players. … [Read more...] about Who are the greatest T20 players of them all?
Questions will be asked about where it all went wrong for South Africa. Dale Steyn's absence was a major blow to their hopes, but they began the tournament badly and lacked the guile to set the team back on a sure course. Will Du Plessis stay on as skipper? That is sure to come in for scrutiny, with Aiden Markram having been tipped in some quarters as a suitable replacement despite his struggles with the bat. The inquest can begin now. … [Read more...] about ICC World Cup 2019: World Cup hopes all over for South Africa after heavy Lord’s defeat to Pakistan
1992 World Cup group stage, SydneyEngland won by eight wicketsJack and the Beanstalk, and at the age of 36, his fabled career was deep into borrowed time. And yet, what Botham may have lost in athletic prowess, he retained in bluff and chutzpah - never more gloriously than with one final crushing blow for his oldest and most storied foes. Australia's home campaign was already wobbling when Beefy rocked up with a Greatest Hits display in Sydney, claiming four wickets in seven balls, including that of a crestfallen Border, before galumphing to victory with a dismissive half-century. "It was amazing to see how frightened the Aussies were of him," wrote Alec Stewart in his autobiography. "They played the reputation and were ridiculously tentative." … [Read more...] about Ten memorable Australia-England ODIs