This week, we discuss:
- WBBL so far: COVID, a Super Over and too many wides!
- Sky’s refusal to confirm if they’ll show the WBBL semis & final
- Pay increases for Australia’s women players
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Really good vodcast, as usual. A few points
Re. Short term thinking damaging the games visibility.to be fair to Cricket Aus, in Australia – which is their concern – most of the games are on free to air, so that isn’t really an issue here.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s really unfortunate and disappointing that the UK don’t get to see it.
Does beg the question, why buy rights to something you’re not going to show?
I menqn again, I get it, the Men’s T20 World Cup is – because it’s a World Cup- more important and will get way more viewers. But then why buy WBBL?
On pace bowling. It’s a simple fact that Australians love intimidatory cricket, and nothing is more intimidating (or exciting) than a pace bowler putting a few around someone’s chin.
One of my knocks on T20 is that it rewards often quite average spinners who don’t make it in other formats and punishes pace, usually due to field placings and restrictions. Add in batting friendly pitches – another stain on cricket
The obsession with pace in Australia won’t ever go away. And when you get a really great one, they do mentally crush teams…. And their is no better site than a fast bowler cruising in at full pace
In terms of extras, another factor is there’s a lot more experimenting with changes of pace, back of the hand deliveries etc which some of the bowlers haven’t quite mastered yet.
And there are a lot more tactical wides being bowled when batters are moving around the crease (which shouldn’t be a wide for mine)
On the rights, suspect Sky wanted BBL and WBBL just came too “in the box”.