Bhogle seems to be one of the very few press people who are looking to defend Ashwin. Even Indian fans seem very split on his behaviour. Personally, I thought it was pretty poor and taking win at all costs beyond what is acceptable. It also marred what was a good final few overs for his team because there is no way you can look at the game and not say that what he did changed the result. Cricket has this image of fair play and the spirit of the game at the forefront far more than most other sports but it does leave too many grey areas in the rules that can be manipulated.
So how often does he need to be ‘barely out of the crease’ to add up to one full ‘taking the piss’? He’s been done before, too, against Sri Lanka. D**k move or no, Buttler’s a chronic crease-wanderer and can’t be too miffed.
Hope he gets done in the World Cup Final. That would be hilarious.
It should have been ruled a dead ball because Ashwin has stopped his run up and aborted his delivery. That's the rules of the game. So 1) umpires have made a bad call, 2) Ashwin is still a banana split for actually appealing for it in the first place.
The Indian lot on Reddit are hapless. A post I made yesterday became "controversial" (i.e. it received a shedload of upvotes and downvotes)... except nothing about it was controversial in the slightest. All I said was that Ashwin should be prepared to lose the respect he has earned in the last five years.
Balladeer wrote:Re. Pope, he’s obviously very talented, but if he goes for England then he’s going for one of the three spots (4,5,6) in the batting line-up that I reckon are absolutely nailed on.
Yeah. He was deployed at 6 last season for Surrey and that seems to be where Stokes is going to bat in the Test team, since he switched with Buttler who is now at 5, and clearly Root isn't going anywhere at 4.
County Championship starts today. Some quick thoughts.
Most people seem to have Surrey as favourites to defend their title, with some opting for the Leicestershire A-team Notts. as dark horses. I’m going with Essex and their ‘Two Many Cooks’ strategy. It’s one down, and without Matt Henry I can’t see Kent staying up.
It’s three up instead, because everything is stupid; and I’m tipping Lancs., Middlesex, and Worcs. for the rise, with Sussex unlucky to miss out. There seems to be a fair amount of optimism around my team Durham due to its new status as ‘Second Chance Saloon’, featuring Cameron ‘Sandy’ Bancroft and Jack ‘Coke-fiend’ Burnham. Can’t see it myself.
It’ll probably rain all day today everywhere, but assuming it doesn’t, it should be a good day!