... 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 batting in the hard-hat version of the
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.
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