So, having neglected the blog for a while, I’m going to attempt to write at about a rate of three posts a week. A fair amount has happened in world cricket that I’d like to discuss and so I’m going to fire off a quick list of future blog posts I hope to write.
- Mohammad Amir, the 23-year-old Pakistani quick who was banned from cricket for five years due to the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, has returned to professional cricket. Already we’re getting a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes mayhem, which is actually quite characteristic of the Pakistan national team, that this will create with Mohammad Hafeez announcing that he will never play with Amir.
- The retirement of Mitchell Johnson marks the end of what, in hindsight, has been a pretty fantastic career. This transformation is remarkable, given that if he had never returned in “that” Ashes series, then we would have viewed him as an unfulfilled potential. It raises the curious notion of how a few spectacular series can completely change the world’s perception of a player.
- The outrageous form of Kane Williamson and David Warner beggars belief. The bowling attacks that they have obliterated, although on flat pitches, are world-class and forces us to take a look at how good the batsmen of today really are. Our top crop of modern batsmen, AB de Villiers, Williamson, Root, Smith, Warner and Amla, have been churning out runs over the past two years at astonishing rates. Are we entering (yet another) golden age of batting?
- Has the Australian batting line-up suddenly and miraculously solidified? I have strong memories of Aussie batting collapses over the past five years and wonder if the form of our top five is just a temporary thing.
- ABC Grandstand’s commentary team for the NZ Test series has included an interesting mixture of commentators including Jim Maxwell, Gerard Whately, Dirk Nannes, Simon Katich and Chris Rogers.
- Mitchell Starc’s 160.4kph delivery. Was he always this fast?
- Finishing up the Warne-Murali debate. This analysis is incredibly dense and I really want to find out just why non-subcontinental pundits overwhelmingly think that Warne is “you know, just an out-and-out matchwinner” compared to Murali.