Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 3rd 2014 Contents The short nature of Twenty20 makes
it an extremely tactical game, espe-
cially in a match reduced to 17 overs.
More rides on every captaincy move, every
input from every laptop, and every bit of
coaching, than it does in longer formats.
Kolkata Knight Riders got one wrong today
when they decided to bowl short to Brendon
McCullum. It is hard to tell if it was an instinc-
tive call from the bowler and the captain, or
if indeed they had some numbers to suggest
this could be a plan---although it is hard to
imagine McCullum struggling against bounc-
ers--- but the end result provided a fillip to
what had been an okay start from the bats-
Also, had it been a larger plan, you would
have imagined Knight Riders would get Morne
Morkel to execute it and not pick Andre Russell
in the XI and get R Vinay Kumar to get it into
McCullum s chin. As it happened, an umpiring
oversight might just have ruled out any chances
of Knight Riders not going through with it.
Knight Riders had opened with two spinners,
presumably to get some of their overs in before
the towels came out. The outfield had taken
some rain, and there had been some dew
around even before it rained.
Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine had been
tight against the adventurous and successful
Chennai Super Kings openers, and Dwayne
Smith had been taken out. The ball was turn-
ing, and we were entering a crucial phase
before Narine would come back to finish off.
A few tight overs here, and Narine would have
the upper hand, but Narine would be chasing
the game if Super Kings kicked away now.
At 43 for 1 after 6 overs, on came Vinay.
When he first bounced McCullum, he beat
the batsman. Replays, though, showed the
ball had gone over head-height. A stricter
umpire might have called it a wide. Under
those circumstances, you might have possibly
questioned the bounce in the pitch, and asked
yourself if you really want to go ahead with
the bouncers. Instead you see one fly, beat
the top edge, all doubts disappear, and you
put one extra man back on the hook.
McCullum, though, didn t hold back on the
pull, and the movement of mid-off into the
circle basically told him he could sit back and
wait for the short ball. McCullum said as
much. He found hitting down the ground dif-
ficult so he was anyway deep in the crease to
shorten the length and go horizontal. Knight
Riders plan only helped him.
McCullum got one chest-high, and those
quick hands and feet helped him put it over
square leg. It didn t stop Vinay from trying
the short-pitched bowling in his next over.
This is where McCullum s footwork pro-
ceeded to create his own length. The first two
balls Vinay didn t quite bowl in his own half,
but McCullum managed to pull them from
the depth of the crease. Both went into the
gap between the two men back, which meant
McCullum kept strike.
Vinay got higher now, and McCullum didn t
bother keeping the pull down. Into the gap
again. The plan was hurting Knight Riders
bad, but it wasn t changing. It was a little
surprising that Knight Riders stuck with it
for as long as they did. In all, Vinay bowled
eight short or shortish balls to McCullum,
who took 19 runs off them with his pull.
That over from Vinay ended with a moral
victory for Knight Riders, when McCullum
gloved the last ball---another short one---for
four to fine leg, but by then Super Kings had
already broken away. At any rate, at Vinay s
pace, on an easy-paced pitch, it would really
have been against the run of play had Knight
Riders got the better of McCullum with short-
• Twitter: @GuardianTT • Web: guardian.co.tt
Langer birdied the final six holes for a
share of the lead with Bart Bryant on
Friday in the Champions Tour s In-
Langer matched Bryant at 6-under
66 at The Woodlands Country Club.
Langer won the 2007 event at Augusta
Pines and successfully defended his
title in 2008 at The Woodlands. The
56-year-old German player won the
season-opening event in Hawaii for his
19th Champions Tour title and has 20
straight under-par rounds.
Bryant won the Dick s Sporting
Goods Open last year for his lone vic-
tory on the 50-and-over tour.
Defending champion Esteban
Toledo was a stroke back. Last year, he
became the first Mexican winner in
Champions Tour history, beating Mike
Goodes with a par on the third hole of a
Langer, Bryant share Champions Tour lead
Marsh will replace John Inverarity
as chairman of the national selec-
tion panel after an overhaul
announced yesterday, a day after
Australia returned to the No 1 rank-
ing in test cricket for the first time
Inverarity s retirement opened the
position for Marsh to take over from
July 1. Mark Waugh was added to
the four-person panel, with former
selection chairman Trevor Hohns
recalled and national head coach
Darren Lehmann retaining his posi-
Marsh is one of the most respected
wicketkeepers in cricket history. In
a test career spanning 14 years from
1970, the Australian gloveman col-
lected a then-record of 355 dismissals.
Australia has enviable strength
and depth in its fast-bowling stocks,
but Marsh sees deficiencies else-
"I don t think our batting is as
good as it should be for a nation of
our strength," Marsh said on Friday.
"Technically, I don t think it s good
"We have got to get back to the
basics---It s the only way forward,
as far as I m concerned."
Australia hasn t had a settled No
3 or No 6 batsman since Ricky
Ponting and Mike Hussey retired
two seasons ago, and last year turned
to veteran opener Chris Rogers to
open the batting.
Marsh has been heavily involved
in cricket development since retiring
as a player in the mid-1980s, coach-
ing at Australia s cricket academy
from 1990-2001, where he helped
launch the international careers of
players including Ponting, Adam
Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Glenn
McGrath. He also helped set up Eng-
land s national cricket academy and
worked abroad before returning to
Marsh, who was most recently
working in coach development and
as a part-time national selector, was
given a three-year contract as selec-
tion panel chairman.
"Rod Marsh is the right man to
take on this important role having
been a key member of the panel
since 2011," Cricket Australia chief
executive James Sutherland said.
"His track record speaks for itself.
He brings a wealth of experience to
the position, having been a leading
player, coach and most recently a
selector. Throughout his days as a
player he was the absolute embod-
iment of the Baggy Green cap and
to this day is widely respected
throughout the game.
"He has a great eye for talent and
has strong relationships throughout
Sutherland said Inverarity took
over at a difficult time, with Australia
at No 4 in the test rankings, and
"leaves his post with Australian
teams in a position of strength."
Australia struggled at times during
between 2009 and last year. The
Australians were swept 4-0 in a test
series in India, contributing to Mick-
ey Arthur being fired as coach, and
then lost the Ashes in England. But
with Lehmann in charge, the
improvement was swift. The Aus-
tralians swept the return Ashes series
5-0 on home soil, then beat South
Africa in a three-test away tour, with
the back-to-back series wins helping
them edge the Proteas for the No.
1 test ranking.
The next test series is against Pak-
istan in the United Arab Emirates,
before a home series against India
starting in November. Australia will
co-host the 2015 World Cup with
New Zealand starting in February.
Sutherland said Mark Waugh, the
twin brother of former Australia
skipper Stephen Waugh and a stylish
international batsman in his own
right, would bring more limited-
overs expertise to the selection panel.
Marsh in, Inverarity out of Australia selection panel
KKR's bang-it-in plan goes awry
Brendon McCullum used the pull
to devastating effect against
the Kolkata Knight Riders
attack, during yesterday's IPL
contest in Ranchi.
Links Archive May 2nd 2014 May 4th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page