Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's raining, it's pouring... let's play cricket

Holding a Test match in Wellington at the end of March is a pretty stupid thing to do.

It has rained more than half the days so far this month, and while the MetService often get it wrong, (the weather can change from rainy to sunny faster than Jesse can down a XXXX), rain is forecast from Friday through until Monday.

Who in their right mind would commit to that scheduling in a place where the weather is so reliably unreliable?

People who want the match to be rained out. Who would take a draw over a loss. I know, it sounds like an England thing to do, but when you consider how desperately NZ models itself on England in other ways, that’s not so surprising.

I’ll be shot down for saying this, because after all the Black Caps did beat us (in December, but here you’re always as good as the last time you defeated Australia), and that will be clung to for the next 20 years.

There will undoubtedly be a thousand apparently-legitimate reasons (read: excuses) for it, but whoever decided to schedule the Test at this time of year in this city had an agenda, and I don’t think it involved a genuine attempt at a five-day game of cricket.

Ah well. Given how quickly the Black Caps surrendered in Hamilton, it’s not like the Proteas will need more than a few patches of blue sky to finish them off here either.

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Left of centre said...

Betcha Rugby has precedence over Cricket, seems it comes a poor 2nd in NZ, which is a pity.

Alister said...

Also, my gut reaction was right, not so many tests in Mar/Apr were majorly affected by rain. Perhaps only the 2009 test v India, and even then both weekend days were OK. In saying that, don't remember too many times I had two days of amazing weather. It's always a bit of a lottery that time of year though. Then again, weather isn't much better in November and early December.

Cricket Life Forum said...

Yeah ! the scheduling of this series is very poor mate.

livescore said...

You are absolutely right Test series like this shouldn't be scheduled to play during the rainy season because there isn't the fun in that when you hear that every match is being washed out by the rain.The boards should take it this into concern that while scheduling they should be careful.

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People say similar things about the Test matches in May England. This year however no rain so far : )

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You are absolutely right and in my opinion every test serious should schedule in shinning days or should play in roofed stadiums because it is very rubbish thing to finish the match due to rain.

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Well that's the frustrating thing about test matches that the usually give no result , most of them ends up giving no result or in a draw.You know this is bullshit after five days you say the match ended in a draw then it's just the waste of time.I mean ICC have to do something about this test format if they want people to be interested.

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