Cheap Seats Episode 57: The heroic resumption

the Cheap Seats podcast: Ryan O’Connell and I are BACK! The hiatus is over, with the return in Episode 57 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan’s business attire and breakfast choices are duly outed, while Brett may or may not have referred to a Taylor Swift song.

Nathan Lyon is mobbed in Adelaide after bowling Australia to victory last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Nathan Lyon is mobbed in Adelaide after bowling Australia to victory last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Episode 57 talking points:

  • Stuff we missed in more than two months off
  • #AskTheCheapSeats: return of the Ninja Turtles, Cheika’s two caps, DRS, and runs for Ed #Cowmentum;
  • First Test in Adelaide: an epic finish to an emotional Test, with stirling performances from Virat Kohli, David Warner, Steven Smith, Nathan Lyon, and Michael Clarke in various stages of fitness;

We’ll be back for the Christmas edition of the podcast next week, where we’ll wrap up the year and look to relaunch our ill-fated attempt at awards last year, The Cheapies. Nominations welcome!

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap.

1st Test v India: Day 5 Lunch chat with @GuerillaCricket

Full ball, going back, no shot offered... Not Out! And the eternal DRS debate continues...

Full ball, going back, no shot offered… Not Out! And the eternal DRS debate continues…

With Hendo, The Bear, and former New Zealand quick Iain O’Brien, another cracking Lunch break discussion ensured on Guerilla Cricket on Day 5 in Adelaide.

Covering off the inevitable topic of DRS – and why it’s good and bad, and the ideal world use of it – as well as the standing of David Warner, future Australian captains, and even a bit of trans-Tasman accent mockery (“see if it putched and hut un line”), it’s all here in the clip below.

Head to guerillacricket.com for continued coverage, or check out the widget here to the right..

 

1st Test v India: Day 2 Lunch chat with @GuerillaCricket

Steve Smith's lovely salute on reaching his hundred, just after Lunch on Day 2 in Adelaide...

Steve Smith’s lovely salute on reaching his hundred, just after Lunch on Day 2 in Adelaide…

With the morning session stagnated by rain breaks on Day 2 in Adelaide, the Guerilla Cricket often found themselves ‘padding’ through periods of no play. With Lunch taken early, and a highlights package completed, I came to the guys’ aid as play resumed after the break.

But not for long, admittedly. We were able to talk Steve Smith through to his hundred, and Australia’s total to 408 (Phillip Hughes’ Test number), but with Michael Clarke batting again and on 97 not out, the rain returned.

So here’s the Lunch chat with the Guerilla gang, and here’s hoping this rain does finally clear..

 

Slow over rates: ICC deterrents are doing nothing

India fought back well with the new ball late on Day 1, but their over rate was terrible. Image: ABC Grandstand

India fought back well with the new ball late on Day 1, but their over rate was terrible. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Drag over my soapbox readers, because the summer’s bone of contention has already emerged.

The International Cricket Council’s attempts to curb slow over rates are a classic case of having plenty of evidence to suggest something in being done, while in reality, the problem is as bad as it’s always been.

India, quite miraculously, had managed to start the 90th over of Day 1 yesterday when they took the wicket of Brad Haddin. Considering what might have been when David Warner and Michael Clarke were scoring freely, India’s late fight back to take 3/9 in the last twenty minutes was rather impressive.

But their over rate in the first two sessions of the Test was glacially slow! And worse, it’s hardly a new thing, meaning the ICC deterrents aren’t doing a thing.