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Not fair to compare this to the genius of Shane Warne. It hit a crack on the pitch which produced that result, pure luck.
It 'hit a crack'So it was a fault in the pitch that created the 'ball of the century'?Great reporting.......
If you can't count it because it hit a crack, does that mean all spin bowlers who bowl into the rough in the second innings, can not be included in any poll for the ball of the century? If a seam bowler pitches the ball to hopefully hit the cracked area, is it different to a spin bowler aiming into foot marks - just an observation, interested to hear thoughts on that
The luckiest ball of the century yes -but deliberate? No way - typical BBC journalism - like the fixed SPOTY. Programme is in Liverpool, they tell us that it is public's votes that decide - yet less than half an hour after the vote closes Farah is presented with the award in London. Come off it BBC it was fixed - although Farah deserves to have won SPOTY at least once (but maybe not this year)
Er... how about we wait until the next 83 years have been and gone before deciding which is the ball of the century?
No it wasn't. Remembering some of the village cricket pitches I played on, it happened a lot. The bowler didn't make it happen ,just took the credit.
If it originally was in line with off stump and then hit a crack and flew down the leg side for four, everyone would say ‘unlucky’, so this was the ‘luckiest’ ball of the century.A better question would be, is this the worst performance by an England team in Australia, considering this is not a good Aussie team. 5-0 in 2007 they were still great and the last 5-0 well Starc is no Johnson.
Unplayable? Sure, if like most of our allegedly pro-batting, they can't now play a proper forward defensive shot. If he played fully forward, he covers movement whether off a crack in the pitch, or the seam. But our batting has been tainted by years of one-day and 20-20 stuff, where they are trying to score off every ball, a quick 35 being more important than playing an innings for a day+
Looking forward to all the newly released films the BBC will be showing over xmas. They won't be the actual films, just extremely poor digital recreations.
Ball of the century? Not unless if it is tossed by an Englishman. Certainly not on BBC.
What about the ballsup of the century - how can a professional ground staff allow moisture to get on a wicket in a test match?
What a pointless question - he didn't mean it according to the write ups....it simply hit a crack. Its no more impressive than the delivery that got out Nasser Hussain years back which literally didn't bounce.If any bowler can master these skills then that is a different proposition - but they can't and haven't. So NO.
It is too early to say it ball of 21st century. still 82 years to go .. No doubt that was great show of balling by a left hand, remembering the days of Waseem Akram.
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