This is why, compared to Test cricket, T20 can seem more exciting yet less satisfying. It can electrify but, stripped of the wider storyline that infuses it with meaning, it can also feel soulless.

This is true not just of cricket. At the climax of this year’s Formula One season in Abu Dhabi, a genuinely thrilling showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen descended into controversy and farce thanks to the decision by the race controller to ignore the rulebook and create a one-lap contest in the final lap. It was a stark reminder that contrived thrills rarely satisfy in sport.


Ben Bashs

For Stokes on 99, McCullum can only summon up two slips, a gully, and a regulation field. Stokes has slapped the funk out of McCullum. Bashed the attacking right out of New Zealand. It took him 85 balls.

via cricket with balls | just another bullshit cricket blog.

Another great post by Jarrod Kimber about a special innings.


Jimmy Anderson and the eleven legends

Until you know what it is like to walk out on the field as a No. 11, with the opposition sniggering, and your team preparing to take the field behind you, it’s impossible to know what batting at No. 11 is really like. It takes a special person to bat last.

via Jimmy Anderson and the eleven legends | cricket with balls.

Great piece by Jarrod Kimber.

Satya Nadella Is A Cricket Fan

Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO.

Growing up, playing cricket was his “passion,” and he played it competitively as a member of his school’s team. “I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career.”

He also enjoys watching Test cricket, “which is the longest form of any sport in the world,” with games that can go for days and days. “I love it,” he says. “There’s so many subplots in it, it’s like reading a Russian novel.”

His appreciation of the game clearly indicates that he possesses some of the essential characteristics he will need: intelligence, discernment, patience, an appreciation of subtlety, bravery, an acceptance that a result is not always possible, the importance of playing with a straight bat (in the traditional sense), team spirit and leadership.

Good luck, dear boy, I think you’re going to need it.