Sunday, 27 September 2009

To Allow Or Not?

NWG can't quite believe that she is writing this. But....

England just won.

Again.

Beating South Africa.

But, she is slightly concerned over whether Andrew Strauss should have allowed Graeme Smith a runner or not.

On the one hand, NWG thought that given Andrew's current trend of being a great sportsmen that he wouldn't think twice about letting Graeme have a little rest.

On the other, had there been some funny business regarding Shah going off the field?

Whichever is the reason, NWG is fearful for the South Africa series. They will be out for revenge, which is worrying.

13 comments:

Stani Army said...

Strange Nightmare, very petty and unlike Strauss. There must be some history there we don't know about.

I think Smithy recently lost some weight and his fitness trainer was concerned he may start cutting corners and ballooning again so he had a word with Strauss telling him not to allow the fat boy a runner.

If I was a captain I'd allow a runner every time because it causes more ill-decision and confusion for the batsmen if anything.

Happy for Shah eh? He really Shah-fted them eh? Soufrica and the Eng selectors.

The Cricket Corollary said...

Jimmy is such an excellent bowler. I enjoyed Morgan's innings, a great talent.

Stani, you could be on to something.

Brandon

Stani Army said...

....or up to something ;o)

Sidthegnomenator said...

I have to say that I am absolutely disgusted at Strauss's unsportsmanlike refusal of that runner. I'm sure you have worked out a while ago that I am not a fan of his anyway, but that was just downright poor form as far as I am concerned.

Rob said...

Huh? No way should he be allowed a runner for cramp. What if he couldn't hold the bat because of hand cramps -- should AB have been allowed to smash it? If he was fitter he wouldn't have had the problem -- and he had plenty of warning, he tried it on at the last World Cup.

The Cricket Corollary said...

Can we blame the coach & physio as well?

The Nightwatchgirl said...

NWG kind of agrees with Rob. There has to be a limit to sportsmanship and frankly, Graeme Smith needs to work on his fitness.

And yes, let's blame the coach, physios, weather, space shuttles and anything else anyone can think of.

Anonymous said...

On a third hand, Strauss had no right of objection to a decision about a runner, which was for the umpires alone to determine.

D Charlton said...

Strauss has three hands?

The Nightwatchgirl said...

Surely not allowed. Think what a better slip fielder he'd be.

Sidthegnomenator said...

Yeah, it's a tough one - what annoys me is that Strauss stepped in at all. To me it just seems nit-picky and it wasn't going to change the outcome of the match, was it?

I am also annoyed that the umpires seemed to be going to allow it until Strauss had aomething to say. Just seems very unsporting all round, I say.

Cricket Bats said...

Ok I know it is a professional game, but is the concept of "sportsmanship" completely dead? I guess the answer is yes!

Stani Army said...

No Nightmare. It'd only mean that he'd juggle it more times before dropping it.

Sid, good point about Levi getting involved. I think he wanted to prove his englishness by not helping out a soufrican brother.

Strauss should have said to the umps its up to you, if you feel it's within the laws then allow him. It really should be nothing to do with the opposing captain.