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2017 Diary

A Ramble on Women's Cricket
 - with diversions -

This diary will be updated erratically throughout the year.

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The Ashes

 

Firstly. Click here for all the Stats you are ever likely to need for this series ...

 

... and you'll find the latest links to newspaper and web site reports on the Ashes on the same page.

 

 

The One and Only Test

 

As I'm sure I've typed before you will find plenty of excellent reports around the 'Net, but you'll also find amazing ignorance from reporters who have, allegedly, watched and written not just about women's sport but cricket in particular. Try this as a "for instance".  If you can stomach it until the end, and I had to grit my teeth to do so, then you'll find an interesting note among the comments. It seems "Doctor Rotcod" (whoever he may be) pays rather more attention to cricket generally than the writer. Now I have not checked his facts, but I am assuming them to be accurate as no one has rushed forward to challenge them, and, as there's always others apart from the article writer anxious to 'put down' the women's game, I have to assume they are correct.

 

The facts (according to Doctor Rotcod)? Try this clip...
Good to see Perry get a double century with a strike rate of 57,better than Smith, Khawaja or Williamson in the Trans-Tasman a year or so back
Haynes, Healy and Johansen pushed it along too. After scoring 160 or so off the first 80 overs, the Aussies made 260 from the next 80.No complaints about that.
A touch of sanity...
All this comes in the wake of a statement by Belinda Clark, and presumed to be on behalf of the ICC, that they are not looking to play, around the globe as a whole, more than the one Test every two years and that between Australia and England. If this ambition (or perhaps I should say 'lack of ambition') is realised then any of you readers in South Africa and New Zealand may as well chuck away your whites now (if you ever had any).
I hope that none of this takes away from Perry's enjoyment of the moment, even if a former Australian captain is speaking as if she'd like to sound the death knell on Perry's career in the baggy green.

[Ellyse Perry]

Ellyse Perry batting in the hard-hat version of the 'baggy green'.

This is Perry's seventh Test Match, her first being in 2008. Most male internationals of similar standing would play more in a year, than she has played in the 10 years (from 22 July 2007) that she has spent in Australian colours. I would say this is disgraceful and while I understand the money constraints of the early days, does this really apply now with all the cash the ICC has in the bank? I don't think so. It's a matter of choice, and, as so often in life, women draw the short straw. (And I should remind anyone who may not know - this is being typed by a man!).
Her knock of 213* is the third highest score by a batsman in Test history, ironically behind an Indian player (Mithali Raj) and a Pakistani (Kiran Baluch). It seems they can look forward to never playing a Test match again. They must look back on an era that has disappeared for them.
[Mithali Raj]  Don Miles

The Straight Bat and High Elbow that is Mithali Raj

I have wondered, however, if there's something else which may cause Mithali a quiet smile. Her 2nd place in the all-time list was in grave danger but she retains it by a single run! Baluch's 242 was probably out of sight in view of a declaration that had to come at some point. There was no other reason I could ascertain why the first women's triple century might have been on the cards otherwise.
I have now watched three double centuries with the naked eyeball (so to speak) and an additional one on the 'box', missing only two possible, Rolton's and that of the top of the pile, Baluch's. The fact that I have watched only twenty years of this sport that has been playing Test cricket since before World war II shows that things are already changing around the format.
I feel too that it is significant that the players like the format, the crowds seem to like it, and even TV has picked it up, usually the last to cotton on. Only the ICC it seems would rather sit on its cash mountain and, presumably, spend it on franchises of some sort or another, or more likely on the men's form of the game. It seems the business minds there, who always appear to want to maximise the money, have not opened their eyes to a growing market - a classic business error.