15/07/2009

I like it

It would be an exaggeration to say that the first Ashes Test ended in acrimony. However, if you were to read what the media has to say about the obvious delaying tactics used by England, it appears as if the first salvo in World War II has been fired.

This frenzy is partly due to the media's wish to sustain the hype around this series. It can also be put down to the fact that a lot of cricketers both former and current have become experts in using these situations to gain their 5 minutes of fame.

To recount, England employed some time-wasting tactics during the 5 th day of the Cardiff Test. Now this is something most teams do. In this case England deliberately over did it to get under the prickly Ponting's nose.

To a large extent they succeeded. Ponting promptly lashed out at them in the media and elsewhere and also went to the extent of making his disappointment over the lack of official censure public.

Ideally, it should have stopped there. Both sides know that they would resort to delaying tactics to stave off defeat. An Australian bowler even admitted that even he would have done something similar.

The media, however, is in no mood to relent. Duncan Fletcher, former coach of England, has tried to get Ponting fuming by suggesting that as Ponting himself has a vague conception of 'sportsmanship': he has no right to accuse others for the lack off it.

I expect this issue to simmer until there is some other controversy, but until then, I will enjoy the fact that someone had the keen intellect to discern that Ponting is 'vague'.

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Blogger straight point said...

sometimes i really wonder leave alone the rest of cricketing world...does ponting enjoy any respect in his team itself...as captain i.e.?

he is fast becoming the living example of DON'Ts if anyone aspire to become captain...

tho i don't blame media to enjoy the on going 'battle'...

15/07/2009, 11:42  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Pan,
You have opened a can of worms by questioning how his team looks at him. :)

15/07/2009, 12:41  
Blogger Golandaaz said...

Its an Ashes between Tram Drivers and Bus Conductors. Without the sub-plots the ashes would go unnoticed. I don't blame the media. If anything they are trying valiantly to make the series meaningful outside of Australia and England. And what's more a draw only means the IPL does not get blamed. Works for me...

15/07/2009, 16:52  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Glad to have you back Golandaaz. Hope everything is fine at your end.

Coming to the Ashes series, I am fully with you and in the bargain if IPL escapes censure I am doubly happy.:)

15/07/2009, 17:17  
Blogger LVISS said...

ENGLAND WAS HAVING A SLENDER LEAD AND THERE WAS TEN MINUTES TO THE FINISH. I THINK TEN MINUTES IS GIVEN TO THE TEAMS TO START THE INNINGS. IN ANY CASE NO FULL OVER WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE EVEN IF ONE OF THE BATSMEN GOT OUT.THE MATCH WAS CALLED OFF AS DRAW TEN MINUTES BEFORE FINISH AS STIPULATED OVERS FOR A DAY WERE COMPLETED. PONTING TALKING ABOUT THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME . AS U SAY EVERY TEAM DOES IT . NORMALLY THE BATSMEN REMOVE THE SHOES TIE THE LACE AND DO ALL THESE WITHIN THE GROUND TO EAT AWAY TIME.

15/07/2009, 19:51  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Lviss,

You forgot to mention the dust in the eye act.

Yep, I agree with you that Ponting lost it.:)

15/07/2009, 20:05  

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