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South Africa v Australia: Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final – reside Specific Instances

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eleventh over: Australia 77-2 (Head 40, Smith 1) Markram continues and will get away with simply three singles off the over. Steve Smith will get a fortunate inside edge off a full ball to get off the mark.

David Warner in the present day goes previous Michael Bevan to 6925 ODI runs. Now solely behind the Waughs, Clarke, Gilchrist and Ponting for Australia – in miles fewer matches, at a significantly better common and strike charge. pic.twitter.com/Za070RycZS

— Geoff Lemon Sport (@GeoffLemonSport) November 16, 2023

Batted, Davey.

tenth over: Australia 74-2 (Head 38, Smith 0) Energy play full. At this stage South Africa had been 18-2. Ahh. Head drives Rabada down the bottom for 4 after which scampers a single to level. Steve Smith is then crushed on the skin edge by Rabada however there’s nay wooden on it.

ninth over: Australia 68-2 (Head 33, Smith 0) Markram is given one other over after making the essential breakthrough final over. Head drops to his knees (and toes, and toes. Sorry.) and sweeps powerfully for… SIX! Head goes to maintain taking it on, if he bats for just a few extra overs on this vein then Australia will probably be close to sufficient even when he will get out.

eighth over: Australia 61-2 (Head 26, Smith 0) Steve Smith is the brand new batter. Are we going to see one thing unbelievable right here? Two extra fast wickets would make this preety preeety fascinating.

WICKET! Mitchell Marsh c van der Dussen b Rabada 0 (Australia 61-2)

WHAT A CATCH. Rassie van der Dussen leaps full size at quick cowl and plucks a full blooded again foot drive from Marsh out of the air! South Africa hit again!

Kagiso Rabada celebrates the wicket of Mitch Marsh after an outstanding van der Dussen catch. {Photograph}: Deepak Malik/Shutterstock

WICKET! David Warner b Markram 29 (Australia 60-1)

Effectively now, Bavuma tosses the ball to Aidan Markram and it brings the wicket! Warner went again to a full ball and the ball scudded via him and into the stumps. Australia had been going at ten an over there. Mitch Marsh is the brand new batter and he pats again a maiden. A wicket maiden. What a ridiculous sport.

seventh over: Australia 60-1 (Head 17, Marsh 0)

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram will get his man! {Photograph}: Deepak Malik/Shutterstock

sixth over: Australia 39-0 (Head 17, Warner 18) Travis Head and David Warner are marmalising South Africa at Eden Gardens. An enormous 21 runs are slammed off the over, Kagiso Rabada the chastened man as Warner slogs him for six again over his head and it seems the bowler has overstepped within the course of – FREE HIT. Yep – Warner slots the freebie for SIX. Warner jumps throughout the crease like a person who has trodden on a canine tail in a pub beer backyard and scoops the complete supply for a most into the stands. Rabada tries a scrambled seam supply and it’s picked up early by Head who dispatches it over cow nook for one more SIX.

Subsequent cease Ahmedabad and India for the Aussies, barring one thing actually ridiculous.

fifth over: Australia 39-0 (Head 17, Warner 18) Cripes. Issues are unravelling shortly right here for South Africa. Marco Jansen is slapped for 15 runs off the over, Travis Head golf equipment two fours down the bottom however the actual intestine punch is David Warner’s dismissive flick for SIX off a size ball. Jansen seems like he may cry. Brutal.

David Warner hits a six
Outrageous stuff from David Warner. {Photograph}: Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC/Getty Photos

4th over: Australia 24-0 (Head 9, Warner 11) Warner smites Rabada excessive and lengthy over sq. leg for an enormous six! The TV clocks it as 87 metres but it surely appeared double that from my vantage level on a settee in south London. Rabada does nicely to restrict the harm to simply seven runs off the over.

Right here’s me outdated mucka Mark Beadle:

“Afternoon James, is that this a superb time to remind everybody that it wasn’t that way back that Afg had Aus 91-7? How quickly do we predict spin will play its half?”

South Africa have the primary ranked ODI bowler within the phrase within the form of Keshav Maharaj, i’d be turning to him very quickly to attempt to make one thing occur right here.

third over: Australia 17-0 (Head 8, Warner 5) Marco Jansen is feeling the warmth right here, he’s carved over level for 4 by Warner after which sends down three gigantic wides that de Kock does remarkably nicely to forestall gifting three boundaries to the Aussies. The SA keeper throwing himself round behind the timbers like a greased up Peter Bonetti. One for the children. South Africa already virtually determined for a wicket.

Marco Jansen is struggling a bit.
Marco Jansen is struggling a bit. {Photograph}: Aijaz Rahi/AP

2nd over: Australia 10-0 (Head 8, Warner 1) Rabada lifts one into Warner’s bat deal with, the ball squirts to gully they usually take a single. Shut! Head flashes at a size ball and the sting flies huge of the slips and away for 4. Dwell and die by the sword eh Trav.

1st over: Australia 5-0 (Head 4, Warner 0) Travis Head reveals his intent from the off, throwing the kitchen sink, toaster, kettle and fridge at a wide-ish supply from Jansen’s second ball that lands simply contained in the rope. Jansen hangs his head however his teammates give him a gee up. Head tries the identical to the following ball however connects solely with contemporary air. Shut! Jansen jags one again that misses the stumps by the width of a Rizzla. A really huge ball down the leg aspect presents Australia one other run. 5 off the primary over.

Ben Bernards is on the wires:

“I don’t assume both SA nor AU are actually *that* good and as a Kiwi, I might not say NZ had been value any greater than one other fairly passable semi-final end. Conclusion? a) Sure, SA may completely roar again from right here and win the sport. B) Whoever wins is definitely simply cannon fodder within the remaining for the one aspect that in any manner deserves the mantle of World Champ.”

These first overs are HUGE. The gamers are heading out to the center, Warner and Head in canary yellow with bat in hand, the lissom-limbed Marco Jansen in darkish inexperienced with the brand new white orb. Huge Marco owes his group a wicket or two after his first ball duck to… Travis Head through the Proteas innings. PLAY!

James Wallace

James Wallace

Thanks Rob and hiya everybody. Now, name me a misty eyed buffoon for those who should BUT I’ve a sense in my bones that this would possibly flip right into a thriller. Early wickets are key in fact however after having South Africa 22-4 after which 119-6 the Aussies discover themselves with a type of pernicious little run chases on their arms in a World Cup semi-final.

If Travis Head units off like bullet prepare relatively than an Avanti West coast and Australia have taken an honest chunk of the overall down within the energy play overs then it’s goodnight Viennetta… however I simply have a sense*.

And clearly the form of ego that may drive me to return and delete this in an hour or so, skilled status and all that.

Jim Wallace is ready to be tagged in for Australia’s runchase, so I’ll depart you with one other gem from the ever dependable Andy Zaltzman. Thanks to your firm and emails – bye!

David Miller’s verdict

It’s actually nice to get 100, however solely half the sport is finished. We fought on the finish and obtained a … an honest rating.

We all know the pitch can be slower and it will flip. We had been at all times on the again foot after shedding 4 wickets within the Powerplay however we managed to salvage one thing on the again finish.

Hopefully we are able to get a few early wickets, get that run-rate up as fast as potential after which put some below strain with our spinners. I do assume it’s a defendable rating.

Australia’s gamers stroll off proudly after a terrificperformance within the subject. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shredded the highest order in useful situations, decreasing a spellbound South Africa to 24 for 4. However Heinrich Klaasen (47) and David Miller counter-attacked after a brief rain break, with Miller making a very good 101. The opposite 10 batters scored 100 between them.

South Africa’s complete feels mild, however they might have taken it at 24 for 4, and they are going to be inspired by some extravagant flip for Australia’s occasional offspinners Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head.

Earlier than South Africa’s spinners enter the competition, Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada want to withstand the inevitable onslaught from Head and David Warner. If South Africa take early wickets, the match may grow to be an epic.

WICKET! South Africa 212 all out (Rabada c Maxwell b Cummins 10)

Rabada pumps Cummins to long-on, the place Maxwell swoops to make a troublesome catch look routine. Australia want 213 to win. You what now?

Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada.
That’s the top of the South Africa innings. Australia are sturdy favourites to progress to the ultimate. {Photograph}: Aijaz Rahi/AP

forty ninth over: South Africa 209-9 (Rabada 9, Shamsi 0) A mark of Miller’s innings is that he has outscored all teammates 101 runs to 92. That doesn’t occur usually in a World Cup semi-final, definitely not in a accomplished innings.

The final time it occurred, I believe, was when Sachin Tendulkar made 65 in opposition to Sri Lanka in 1996. Technically that innings wasn’t accomplished, however I doubt Vinod Kambli, Anil Kumble and Ventakesh Prasad would have made one other 20 between them. Kambli was a superb participant, I do know, and Kumble may bat too, however India had been in such disarray that why the hell am I speculating on what would possibly occurred in a World Cup semi-final 27 years in the past when there’s a real-life one happening proper now.

Moreover, South Africa aren’t achieved but. Rabada hooks Starc excessive over backward sq. leg for six and takes a leg-bye to maintain the strike for the ultimate over. Starc ends a big-game spell with figures of 10-1-34-3.

forty eighth over: South Africa 203-9 (Rabada 3, Shamsi 0) Cummins greets Shamsi with a nasty quick ball, then virtually cleans him up with a yorker that simply misses off stump. Shamsi survives the over, which is the perfect he can do.

WICKET! South Africa 203-9 (Miller c Head b Cummins 101)

David Miller falls attempting to hit his sixth six. He fetched a brief ball from Cummins in direction of deep midwicket, the place Head took a nonchalant catch on the boundary edge. That’s an enormous wicket for Australia, doubtlessly the distinction between a goal of 204 and 230.

It was a wonderful innings from Miller: 101 from 116 balls, having come to the crease with South Africa 24 for 4 and in peril of shedding all hope and dignity.

David Miller
Miller time is over. {Photograph}: Andrew Boyers/Reuters


47.1 over: South Africa 202-8 (Miller 101, Rabada 3) David Miller turns into South Africa’s first World Cup semi-final centurion in model, hauling Cummins into the group at cow nook. That’s his fifth six.

David Miller celebrates a superb century.
David Miller celebrates an outstanding century. {Photograph}: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

forty seventh over: South Africa 196-8 (Miller 95, Rabada 3) Starc nails his yorker to maintain Miller to a single. Rabada performs his half, ignoring a large and clipping a few runs to leg. Most significantly of all, he will get nothing off the ultimate supply, which implies Miller could have strike initially of the following over. He most likely must deal in even numbers from right here. Aside from the final ball of the following over clearly.

“Such as you stated, the steadiness of energy and disparities in groups’ ranges imply {that a} ‘excellent’ World Cup format most likely doesn’t exist for the time being,” says Matt Dony. “So why not attempt to stage the taking part in subject, and go full Krypton Issue? Positive, Kohli is perhaps the best ODI batter ever, however can he land a airplane within the simulation? Warner is in a damaging vein of type, however how’s his normal information? The England aspect would most likely have excelled on the impediment course, pushing them up just a few locations. We’d all watch that!”

For our non-British readership, that is what the hell Matt Dony is speaking about.

WICKET! South Africa 191-8 (Maharaj c Smith b Starc 4)

Starc replaces Zampa, who’s nursing figures of 7-0-55-0. He’s too artful for Maharaj, who toe-ends a large supply excessive within the air to mid-off. South Africa have 22 balls remaining, and in the event that they get a run a ball it’ll take them to [WILL YOU SHUT UP ABOUT THE 1999 SEMI-FINAL – ed].

1999 Cricket World Cup semi-final
Ah, recollections. {Photograph}: John Giles/PA

forty sixth over: South Africa 190-7 (Miller 94, Maharaj 4) Miller’s rating is the best by a South African in a males’s World Cup semi-final, passing Faf du Plessis’ 82 in opposition to New Zealand in 2015.

He strikes into the nineties with a ferocious, superbly positioned pull for 4 off Cummins. It’s been an exemplary innings, one that may turn out to be career-defining if South Africa discover a strategy to win. And cricket is a humorous outdated recreation, as a result of Miller was very near being caught at slip for a golden duck.

“Maintaining nicely outdated bean?” says David Bowen. “I used to be simply chatting with a buyer who’s South African and he was hopping with rage. ‘From not understanding the Duckworth Lewis rule appropriately to dropping catches, they at all times freeze on the semi-finals. They’ll’t appear to get it over the road regardless of taking part in nicely within the group’. I replied, ‘South Africa are the Tottenham Hotspur of cricket’. The response advised I’d most likely overstepped the customer-supplier boundary (no pun supposed, until you prefer it, during which case it’s supposed).”

forty fifth over: South Africa 182-7 (Miller 88, Maharaj 2) Zampa continues, a captivating choice for which he’ll be closely criticised if Australia lose. Miller heaves the primary ball for 4, however as soon as once more Zampa pulls the over again impressively: 420101.

forty fourth over: South Africa 174-7 (Miller 81, Maharaj 1) Oh good lord, we’ve obtained one other addition to South Africa’s World Cup tales of woe. Coetzee didn’t glove the ball in any respect – it hit his arm earlier than being caught by Inglis.

Coetzee did talk about a assessment with Miller however neither participant was positive. And since Marco Jansen wasted an earlier assessment, they determined to not danger the final one.

WICKET! South Africa 172-7 (Coetzee c Inglis b Cummins 19)

Cummins ends a superb seventh-wicket partnership of 53. After plenty of slower balls, he rammed in a pointy bouncer that Coetzee, attempting to hook, gloved down the leg aspect.

That’s a helpful wicket as a result of Coetzee was taking part in a superb supporting function.

Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of Gerald Coetzee.
Pat Cummins celebrates the wicket of Gerald Coetzee. {Photograph}: Bikas Das/AP

forty third over: South Africa 171-6 (Miller 79, Coetzee 19) A courageous transfer from Pat Cummins, which is an odd factor to say when he’s recalling his greatest bowler. However David Miller has an distinctive ODI report in opposition to Adam Zampa – 150-odd runs, no dismissals – so it’s a dangerous transfer, even when Zampa is good at making batters fall on their sword.

Miller launches a flat straight six, his fourth off Zampa on this innings, however the remainder of the over is absolutely good. Seven off it in complete.

forty second over: South Africa 164-6 (Miller 72, Coetzee 19) Starc off, Cummins on. Miller smacks two to deep cowl, the place Warner once more fields like a 20-year-old. Cummins goes to his slower balls, three in a row, and Miller can’t get them away. 4 from the over.

Because you requested, Australia had been 165/6 at this stage in 1999. Come on, that’s fairly eerie.

“For T20 WCs, they have a tendency to have a ‘pre-tournament’ for the lesser lights, however which is technically nonetheless a part of the broader factor,” says Patrick Brennan. “Why not have:

  • 8 computerized qualifiers (at all times together with host/s)

  • 2/4 remaining areas determined by pre-qualifying, during which the following eight highest-ranking groups are cut up into two teams of 4, play one another and the winners/prime two qualify

  • 10/12 groups in the primary World Cup, with two teams of 5/six. High two of every group qualify for the semi-finals.

“Whole – 35/45 video games; max 5 and a half weeks (40 days or so).”

With Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger narrating the official videeo. Your plan would virtually definitely make for a greater event, but it surely feels a bit Nations League. For no explicit purpose I like World Cups which might be neat and symmetrical.

forty first over: South Africa 160-6 (Miller 69, Coetzee 19) Miller and Coetzee collide whereas taking a single, however fortunately for South Africa it doesn’t descend into farce, with each males on all fours in the midst of the pitch, Miller attempting to crawl previous Coetzee to make sure he isn’t the person who’s run out.

4 singles from Head’s over. He and Zampa each have 5 lieft.

“In Nasser’s evaluation of England’s efficiency (I do know this isn’t about them however please bear with me) he advised that they had been exhausted after a gruelling house summer season notably the Ashes,” says Digvijay Yadav. “Effectively, absolutely that must also afflict the Australians? Since they’ve the identical coach and captain on this format.

“Athers advised that England battle to prioritise each pink ball and white ball cricket concurrently. Once more, from 2019-21, NZ reached the ultimate of each white ball international occasions and received the WTC. This 12 months we’d have the identical finalists for each the WTC and the WC. Once more, why ought to that be a problem?”

It’s partly as a result of England play extra cricket, although that doesn’t clarify why it’s such a recurring downside. It was the identical when Eoin Morgan’s ODI group and Michael Vaughan’s Take a look at group excelled. Even when England dominated Take a look at cricket within the Fifties, they didn’t win a single white-ball match.

fortieth over: South Africa 156-6 (Miller 67, Coetzee 18) Maxwell shakes his head ruefully after being Miller once more. He ends one other helpful spell with figures of 10-0-35-0.

At this stage of the well-known 1999 semi-final, the group batting first had been 158 for six. Perhaps we misinterpreted the large man earlier within the day.

thirty ninth over: South Africa 154-6 (Miller 66, Coetzee 17) Mitchell Starc replaces Maxwell, who has one over remaining. He begins arond the wicket to Coetzee, who lasers a drive via further cowl for 4. That’s a terrific shot.

The size of South Africa’s tail on this event has most likely been overplayed. Coetzee, Maharaj and Rabada can all bat. It helps that they’re taking part in all three in the present day; in some video games they’ve had two No11s in Shamsi and Ngidi. Afternoon Ollie.

thirty eighth over: South Africa 149-6 (Miller 66, Coetzee 12) Miller drags Maxwell over midwicket for one more 4, a superb shot relatively than a poor ball. In his two World Cup semi-finals he has scored 115 runs off 104 balls, so he’s exempt from any criticism.

So, in the meanwhile, is Coetzee, who’s taking part in a smart supporting function. South Africa are inching in direction of a aggressive rating.

thirty seventh over: South Africa 141-6 (Miller 60, Coetzee 10) A statbox reveals that Head, a part-time finger-spinner, is getting 4.3 levels of flip, probably the most at this World Cup. Simply two singles from Head’s fourth over.

The way in which it’s turning means South Africa are nonetheless on this contest. I believe.

thirty sixth over: South Africa 139-6 (Miller 59, Coetzee 9) Maxwell undoes a terrific over with a half-tracker that Miller belabours via midwicket for 4. He screams with frustration at making a gift of such an inexpensive boundary.

The opposite concern for South Africa is that, no matter goal they set, the ultra-aggressive pair of Travis Head and David Warner may finish the competition earlier than the spinners on. It’s a captivating battle; we’re on the candy spot the place it’s potential to envisage a crushing win for one group, a nerve-shredding win for the opposite or something in between.

thirty fifth over: South Africa 134-6 (Miller 55, Coetzee 8) A flighted half-volley from Head is spanked to the quilt boundary by Coetzee. Later within the over Miller is crushed by a ripper, the form of supply Muttiah Muralitharan would have fortunately known as his personal. If Travis Head is doing that, Keshav Maharaj – the world’s No1 bowler – ought to have exceedingly moist lips.

“What’s the perfect format potential for a World Cup?” says Arul Kanhere. “Given it ought to guarantee sufficient jeopardy and an elevated variety of groups whereas ending in below 30 days.”

I might begin with the best that no group ought to be capable of lose greater than two video games and nonetheless win the competitors, then work again from there. I assume that might imply 4 teams of 4, which can by no means occur for obv£io$ causes. And even 4 teams of 4 shouldn’t be preferrred. As in rugby, the present steadiness of energy makes it very troublesome to discover a good format.

thirty fourth over: South Africa 129-6 (Miller 55, Coetzee 3) With Coetzee getting his eye in, Maxwell hurries via one other over. One ball turns sharply to hit Coetzee simply outdoors the road; the following goes straight on to take the sting and fly previous Inglis for a single. It’s spinning on the market.

thirty third over: South Africa 125-6 (Miller 54, Coetzee 2) Travis Head skids one previous Coetzee’s outdoors edge. Two from the over, which was accomplished in about two minutes. That’s drinks.

thirty second over: South Africa 125-6 (Miller 53, Coetzee 1) Now Maxwell will get one to rag previous Miller’s outdoors edge. There’s a stumping referral after good work from Inglis, however Miller’s again foot went nowhere. South Africa have two correct spinners plus Aidan Markram, so even a modest rating of round 200 is perhaps aggressive. They’ll remorse it without end in the event that they fold for 150-odd.

Their greatest hope of reaching a half-decent rating is David Miller. He lashes Maxwell via further cowl for 4 to succeed in an aggressive, fiercely decided half-century from 70 balls.

thirty first over: South Africa 119-6 (Miller 48, Coetzee 0) Coetzee survives the hat-trick ball, one other huge offbreak. Head turned it extra in that over than Zampa and Maxwell mixed, which suggests Keshav Maharaj will probably be South Africa’s key bowler.

Klaasen will probably be filthy about his dismissal. He’s such a superb participant of spin and had spanked 25 off the earlier 13 deliveries. After which he went and spoiled all of it by doing one thing silly like lacking a straight one.

Jansen pushed outdoors the road of a giant offbreak that hit him on the kneeroll in entrance of off stump. He reviewed apologetically, virtually sheepishly, and replays confirmed what he already knew: it was hitting leg stump and South Africa lose a assessment. Extra to the purpose, Travis Head is on a World Cup semi-final hat-trick!

WICKET! South Africa 119-6 (Jansen LBW b Head 0)

Marco Jansen has gone first ball! He’s reviewed it however this seems plumb.

Marco Jansen goes first ball! Travis Head is on a hattrick.
Marco Jansen goes first ball! Travis Head is on a hattrick. {Photograph}: Aijaz Rahi/AP

WICKET! South Africa 119-5 (Klaasen b Head 47)

Good captaincy from Pat Cummins, who decides to save lots of Adam Zampa’s final 5 overs within the hope that one or each of those batters could have buggered off by the point he returns.

Certainly one of them is buggering off as we communicate! Heinrich Klaasen smashed the occasional offspinner Travis Head for consecutive boundaries however then performed defensively down the mistaken line and was cleaned up. A peculiar shot to finish a superb innings of 47 from 48 balls.

Heinrich Klaasen
Heinrich Klaasen has given South Africa a platform of types, after a superb 47. {Photograph}: Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Photos

thirtieth over: South Africa 111-4 (Klaasen 39, Miller 48) “There’s so many complaints from Joe Punter concerning the event format,” says Ben Bernards. “Would a few of these complainers prefer to put in writing their most well-liked format, and which ills it will treatment? There are at any given second six groups – at greatest – who’ve any sensible probability of successful the large cup, and we noticed right here that England and Pakistan had been by no means on the races.

“With such a depressing weight-reduction plan of ODI cricket being performed, you may’t realistically base a two-group stage on rankings or you can fairly feasibly find yourself along with your huge weapons lumped into the identical aspect of the draw. It’s grumbling for the sake of it IMO till some vivid spark reveals me the sunshine of their superior proposal.”

If you will discover a time machine I’ll return to 2003 and ask Martin Williamson. I agree that the steadiness of superb/good groups makes this awkward, however the league stage is simply too lengthy and doesn’t have sufficient jeopardy. Dammit, man, give me jeopardy.

twenty ninth over: South Africa 108-4 (Klaasen 37, Miller 47) Smith misses a run-out probability. Klaasen took a dodgy single to mid-off and was simply quick when Smith’s throw flashed previous the stumps. Klaasen collided with Zampa afterwards, and there’s a brief break in play whereas he receives remedy. He’s superb.

Zampa, not a lot. He bowls a excessive full toss that’s blootered over midwicket for six by Miller. Zampa has been unusually ragged, most likely as a result of he’s aware of his poor head-to-head data in opposition to Klaasen and Miller. Figures of 5-0-40-0 received’t enhance it.

twenty eighth over: South Africa 100-4 (Klaasen 36, Miller 40) Maxwell modifications ends and is milked for 5 runs. It’s fascinating that South Africa are going after the specialist spinner relatively than the second in command. I suppose they’ve pleased recollections of batting in opposition to Zampa.

twenty seventh over: South Africa 95-4 (Klaasen 35, Miller 35) Zampa replaces Maxwell, who raced via a spell of 3-0-4-0 – and Klaasen jumps throughout him with successive sixes. Each deliveries had been solely barely quick, however Klaasen rocked again to maul them over midwicket.

That is an admirable response to excessive adversity from Klaasen and Miller, who’ve added 71 in 15 overs.

Heinrich Klaasen of South Africa.
Heinrich Klaasen has come out swinging after the rain delay. {Photograph}: Gareth Copley/Getty Photos

twenty sixth over: South Africa 81-4 (Klaasen 22, Miller 35) Cummins switches across the wicket to Miller, who clatters a pair via the covers. Batting seems extra comfy now, and South Africa will continuously be revising what they assume is a aggressive rating.

“Rob, why is it you dislike ODIs as a format?” says Isaac Forster. “For me they strike a superb steadiness between the ridiculous T20 and Hundred thrash and the extra circumspect facets of Exams. If a bowler is on a tear an ODI has sufficient time to permit the batters to defend and rebuild later. Equally as bowlers have extra overs to make use of, the skipper can match their bowlers up extra successfully with an opposition’s particular person batters, to restrict their harm. The one format change I might make is to ditch the 2 new balls and return to at least one, to reintroduce reverse swing on the again finish of an innings.”

Sorry, I meant I dislike the World Cup format during which all of the groups play one another. A very good ODI, whether or not a competition of boundaries or a sub-250 dogfight, generally is a pleasure. I like Ricky Ponting’s concept re: the balls. Use two new ones to take care of the hardness however swap to a single ball after 35 overs to allow reverse.

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