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29 Dec 09 10:31
Date Joined: 23 Feb 09
| Topic/replies: 274 | Blogger: GOD .'s blog
...Why do teams do this?

If i were captain and had one wicket remaining i'd tell the two batsmen to try and hit every ball for 4/6, no matter what it is.

If we then get another 30/40 runs off 2/3 overs then great, bigger target, and what is two overs going to matter at the end?

Does it seem this way to anyone else?
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Report foolds gold December 29, 2009 10:32 AM GMT
Depends who you ask. Try asking Ricky that question
Report ramone December 29, 2009 10:33 AM GMT
Got one in the net. Nice catch.
Report GOD . December 29, 2009 10:34 AM GMT
no fishing here, genuine questions - i just dont understand why they dont do it??
Report STEPTOES YARD December 29, 2009 10:35 AM GMT
You try hitting those balls aim at yer throat with the new ball for 6 or 4
Report STEPTOES YARD December 29, 2009 10:36 AM GMT
when batting at 11
Report GOD . December 29, 2009 10:41 AM GMT
ok, not easy i know, but what downside is there to it?

Maybe an over of dot balls while you swing at it, may get lucky with a few 4's though?
Report ramone December 29, 2009 10:44 AM GMT
2 in the net now, well done
Report West Coast Eagles December 29, 2009 10:49 AM GMT
In Australia's case its about protecting averages.
Report the butterfly collector December 29, 2009 11:04 AM GMT
10 an 11 usually your best bowlers an what happens if one of em gets injured whilst being bowled at
Report GOD . December 29, 2009 11:38 AM GMT
in that case why bother going out on the field at all if you're worried about your bowlers getting injured?
Report jsimpson67. December 29, 2009 11:45 AM GMT
it is a genuine question, one that no-one can answer, im sure strauss couldnt either if you asked him

not sure why they do it either, psychological perhaps? the only possibility
Report West Coast Eagles December 29, 2009 11:59 AM GMT
yeah to protect averages i couldnt see a player like Shane Watson throwing away his innings at 120 not out, for some cheap runs.

Less so for tail ender batsman. I believe they wouldnt care too much. I agree if its a team game, probably one of the least selfish batsman in the 2000's to go and search for quick runs at the expense of his wicket, was Adam Gilchrist. Played the team game, in search for quick team runs before declaring.
Report ramone December 29, 2009 1:42 PM GMT
Blow me down with a feather. He's got 5 now.
Report the butterfly collector December 29, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
what you mean keep the bowlers in the dressing room all match.
hmm different but how you gonna bowl the other side out?
Report Fantismo December 29, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
I agree with God here. Sportsman should remeber they are here to entertain as well as win and it would be very entertaining. I should think it has something to do with protecting their batting average.
Most tail enders would be out within a few balls hitting ouyt with the new ball. they shouldt be so precious.
Report shergarburger December 29, 2009 2:11 PM GMT
Report someone who likes betting December 29, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
10 and 11 batsmen trying to slog everything will only score at about 4 or 5 an over, there will be a lot of playing and missing and mis-cued shots, the odd one may go for four but o balance it may be worth going in and if they don't have enough runs the top-order batsmen can get them next innings at a faster rate, should of declared when before Onions walked out imo
Report cricketjon December 29, 2009 2:50 PM GMT
you might also lose on of your bowlers as we did with Gough in 1998, broke a finger batting

a new slant on the 4 or 5 bowler thread..
Report far cough December 29, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
GOD could you answer a question that's been worrying me for some time? Do you exist?
Report tuthoops December 29, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
i can answer that for you.

Report Sterling Morrison December 29, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
I think it was a good idea
Report Mud Man December 29, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
The declaration is looking better and better the more wickets that fall.
Report smeagors December 29, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
what .. creating humankind ?
Report Sterling Morrison December 29, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
JJust if you are going to spend an hour putting on a negligible amount of runs declare when Prior is out. Sad if not able to win from here.
Report aston December 30, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
God! If your suggesting Struass should have batted for even longer your even madder than him. He should have declared at lunch at the very latest. With 170 lead and 5 sessions left Smith would still not have enough time to set up a declaration, especially at the rate they score and with weather around. Also I dont believe that declaring 9 down is that common and if he wanted to protect numbers 10 and 11 from injury he would have declared at the fall of the 9th wicket instead of after another 6 runs.
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