NWR Cricket

I guess the existential argument is that the structure of the game below the test level are all teaching people to play short form cricket (although I'd blame the BCCI and TV companies more than the ECB), which is possibly reflected in the somewhat perilous batting.

But as someone who grew up watching the England team between 1988 through the 90s funeral rites do seem an over-reaction... Amazing how recent those very winning (in % terms not just raw numbers, too) captains all are - surely a lot of that is down to central contracts and the professionalism that came out of that.
 
I guess the existential argument is that the structure of the game below the test level are all teaching people to play short form cricket (although I'd blame the BCCI and TV companies more than the ECB), which is possibly reflected in the somewhat perilous batting.

But as someone who grew up watching the England team between 1988 through the 90s funeral rites do seem an over-reaction... Amazing how recent those very winning (in % terms not just raw numbers, too) captains all are - surely a lot of that is down to central contracts and the professionalism that came out of that.
My hunch is that the high win percentages of the modern captains may also be a function of the decline in the percentage of drawn games. It would be interesting to see the table configured for the percentage of matches not lost.
 
For cricket to prosper there will need to be some kind of entente cordiale between the test game and the (very) short forms. Test cricket and the short forms appeal to different groups of people. There's also no doubt that T20 and the 100 series have high appeal. It may remain messy for a while, but an effective compromise is in everyone's interest in the long term. It's also not impossible that a few white ball cricketers could cross over to test cricket. Dawid Malan is the current example.
 
Malan is an interesting one isn’t he? Number one rated T20 batsman in the world but by no means a certainty in the England T20 side for the long term. Possibly always has been suited more to the longer forms but has found a way to make it work in T20.
 
My hunch is that the high win percentages of the modern captains may also be a function of the decline in the percentage of drawn games. It would be interesting to see the table configured for the percentage of matches not lost.
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Games that have a result increased from a half to three quarters. This is OK by me. This graph is all test match nations, not just England.
 
It's painful watching England this afternoon. The bowling is tame and the fielding is poor. The pitch is offering the seam bowlers nothing, so why persist with them? Now we have to score 367 in the fourth innings.
 
Why wouldn't The Poms take a winning point of view and have a go. Historically speaking they will lose by a margin. Adopt the 50 over mentality and entertain the crowd
 
I think the collapse is down to excellent bowling by India more than anything else.
Indeed, the first hour after lunch with Jadeja and Bumrah was match winning. The fact that the wickets were also shared between the bowlers was testament to Kohli's bowling changes. Overall an inspirational performance by the Indians. Which will be no doubt taken to Old Trafford, where presently the weather will have little effect. So an outcome is on the cards.
 
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