Tom van der Gucht is procrastinating already.
“I was wondering if the best way of getting cricket into the Olympics would be to do away with the team aspect and instead tasks that show off cricketing skills to their highest human degree like in the decathlon.
1. Spin bowling – bowling the ball to a set marker and seeing who can spin it the furthest and still hit the stumps.
2. Swing – as above but measuring degrees of swing / drift depending on bowling styles.
3. Speed bowling – who can bowl the fastest delivery.
4. Accuracy – draw a target on the stumps. Like archery, but bowling.
5. Fielding high ball catches in the outfield – like clay pigeon shooting with a machine hurling balls into the outfield and the player having to catch a variety of opportunities like high balls, boundary catches, running low dives.
6. wicket keeping and slip fielding – crank Merlin up and have an impartial official nicking the ball in different ways for the player to catch behind the stumps.
7. Distance hitting – Merlin firing down a variety of different bowling types and the batsman has to hit them as far as possible.
8. Position hitting – set up a variety of targets around the pitch. Merlin bowls a variety of balls and the batsmen have to Position the ball in the scoring zones to get accumulative points.
9. Coin toss – a game of chance really, but I’m running out of ideas to make it up to 10 events.
10. Wet play time-wasting – A style activity where players are marked based on how entertaining their methods for filling rain intervals are… dancing, telling jokes, singing, card tricks.
Maybe an 8 part event would be better than a decathlon, but the ECB are all about base 10.”
For what it’s worth, the BBC weather report for 11am in Nottingham with its cute little pictograms has simultaneous cloud, rain, sunshine, and lightning.
The precipitation chance drops below 50% by 3pm, by which time the ground will probably be deemed too wet to play. Onward, optimists! The glass is indeed half full. Of rainwater.
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Test cricket. You curious beast. We had a full day’s play on day one, with the extra half hour, and still only managed 81 overs. We had ongoing interruptions yesterday and managed a tick under 34 overs. Now we’ll try to resume on the third day with more rain forecast through the day, but not all at once. Hope springs.
We may be treated to the sight of Jimmy Anderson attempting to finish an over that will have spanned at least two days and four sessions of play, given that yesterday he bowled four deliveries across three segments either side of rain delays.
And we may be treated to some special counterattacking from the irrepressible Rishabh Pant, resuming with India’s opener KL Rahul. The only other time these two batted together in Tests, they bashed 204 runs in 45 overs at The Oval while threatening to chase down 464 in the fourth innings of the closing match of India’s last visit to England. It was Rishabh’s third Test match, and remains the highest partnership of his career.
With the kind of conditions that we have here, he’s much more likely to edge a swinging ball to the cordon for 13, but Rishabh has made a habit of doing things that he shouldn’t be able to do.
As for Anderson, he struck his best on day two by knocking off Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in consecutive balls. England’s first-innings 183 could yet be competitive, when India resume on 125-4.
Source by www.theguardian.com