0500 plus? Miskien is dit Jaar

Eerstens liewe leser 'n verskoning vir ons gebrek aan onlangse kommunikasie - ons albei waardeer dit dat mense die tyd neem om te gooi deur ons musings en hoop jy aanhou om dit te doen.
Nou vir sake.
Terug in Augustus verlede jaar Engeland het die ondenkbare en breek die rekord vir die hoogste ooit eendag internasionale telling, plaas 444-3 - 'n lopie hoër as die vorige totale dat vir 'n bietjie meer as 'n dekade gestaan.
Dit was 'n reuse-telling - een wat sou gewees het as net onuitvoerbaar in jare wat verby is. Maar die spel, soos Engeland se kolflys, has come on in spades in recent times with T20 crick­et lay­ing much of the found­a­tion for a new style of play.


And it got me pon­der­ing the like­li­hood of if, of meer geneig, wanneer die eerste telling van 500 will be pos­ted. I for one see it hap­pen­ing soon – per­haps this year.
In the mod­ern crick­et world ODI and T20 crick­et is where the money is and, there­fore, where the top tal­ent goes. Pre­vi­ous art­icles on this site have lamen­ted the ever fall­ing attend­ances at test crick­et matches (for the most part Eng­land and Aus­tralia are immune) - Mense wil ongeluk sien, bang wal­lop crick­et both at a domest­ic and inter­na­tion­al level.
Com­pet­i­tions of which the Indi­an Premi­er League and Aus­sie Big Bash are but two examples, encour­age bats­men in par­tic­u­lar to go for the ever more extra­vag­ant shots to tally up as many runs as pos­sible. Runs are enter­tain­ing and enter­tain­ment draws the crowds. Die skare bring in die geld.
Natuurlik sulke wedstryde is 20 oor grond nie 50 but the skills and tal­ent are increas­ingly being trans­lated into the slightly longer format.
The mod­ern crick­eter plays an ever increas­ing amount of short­er form crick­et – be that at the domest­ic or inter­na­tion­al level and that exper­i­ence is trans­lat­ing into improved per­form­ances.
There are plenty of play­ers cap­able of tak­ing their side to the magic 500 – when Eng­land smashed their record score Alex Hales was the main run scorer. I listened in and was frus­trated when he got out – he was going so well – there was time left in the innings and he had, dit het geblyk, ammuni­tion left in the tank. Joe Root was at the oth­er end play­ing second fiddle, tick­ing away at around a run a ball as he does so well. The expect­a­tion was, giv­en he was well set, he would up the tempo once Hayles had depar­ted. Sadly Root was out soon after so we will nev­er know. My point being that there was a brief peri­od in which the innings ambled along (rel­at­ively speak­ing) before Jos But­tler and Eoin Mor­gan gave it some late addi­tion­al impetus.
Anoth­er 56 runs may appear to be a big ask – but look at it anoth­er way – that’s a shade over 9 addi­tion­al sixes – an over and a half – noth­ing to a num­ber of play­ers whose names roll off the tongue.
Good luck if you are bowl­er!

Het gevind dat hierdie nuttige? Moet asseblief laat ons weet deur die val onder 'n opmerking. As jy wil graag inteken gebruik asseblief die skryf skakel op die spyskaart by die top reg. Jy kan dit met jou vriende ook deel deur gebruik te maak van die sosiale skakels hier onder. Cheers.

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