May 15, 2019 -- 10:59AM, Injera wrote:
The pitches, 2 white balls and all the other ODI regulations are killing it. It's not cricket, a game of charm, nuisance, skill and tactics.I don't mind the 200 plays 190 in T20 but 50 over cricket has to be more balanced between bat and bowl.As for Archer. He was Horsham's overseas 2 years ago. Plucked by Sussex when they saw his pace. He's box office and the ECB fast tracked his eligibility to play for England (has a British Dad).Many can bowl 85mph. Ver few can go over 90 and be accurate.
Yeh 2 new balls tends to really skew it.
If the pitch has a bit of life it's 150 a/o and if it hasn't then it plays into the batsmen's hands at the end of the innings.
Also hard for a spinner to ever get any decent grip as no ball will ever be more than 25 overs and virtually no chance of reverse.
They should be working on one ball that keeps it's colour and relative hardness for 50 overs.
Other way of thinking is to have one ball & then the option for the fielding captain to have a new ball when he wants it (anytime in the inns), but he doesn't have to take it if he doesn't want to (like a test).
I'm sure the opening bowlers would have a bit more of spring in their step if they could take a new ball at 30 overs of say 42 overs at the back end.