The ideas dump: improving one-day cricket

The first three ODIs this summer have all been exciting, but that’s not to say one-day cricket couldn’t be better. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: It’s almost inevitable now that once we get past debating who should and shouldn’t be on the selectors’ radar, discussion turns to everything that’s wrong with the longest version of the shortest formats of cricket.

Of course, the argument will be there that exceptional TV ratings mean that people quite like one-day cricket exactly as it is, thank you very much.

The evening session for Sunday’s third ODI had a national average of nearly two million viewers, and peaked at almost 2.8 million. The Big Bash League has been enjoying average TV audiences of more than a million viewers each game, yet the ODIs have topped them from the outset.

And the figures are very good; of that there is no question. But that’s not to say the product itself couldn’t be better again. So, I’ve jotted a few things down today to get the ball rolling…

Cheap Seats Episode 68: Thirsty Champions

Ryan O’Connell and I are shaking off World Cup hangovers in Episode 68 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

Another big #AskTheCheapSeats includes questions on Super Rugby play and the state of the Western Force, Shane Warne’s “thirsty” work with the mic after the World Cup Final, and the MCG size debate.

NZ skipper Brendan McCullum was a class act throughout the Cricket World Cup. Image: ABC Grandstand

NZ skipper Brendan McCullum was a class act throughout the Cricket World Cup. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Cricket World Cup is finally over, with Australia’s thumping win over New Zealand in the Final on Sunday. We wrap it all up, including where it was won and lost, send-offs, Michael Clarke’s well-timed retirement from ODIs, and whether anyone will be joining him.

Meanwhile, in Super Rugby, the Tahs won, we put the mockers on the Crusaders, and the NZ conference is looking ominously strong. In the NRL, the Roosters were rocked by injury, the first Origin discussion is had, and the state of refereeing is sliced and diced. The AFL starts this week, but positive drug tests aren’t exactly what they had in mind.

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Cheap Seats Episode 67: The endless summer of cricket

Ryan O’Connell and I are riding the Black Caps’ wave of emotion in Episode 67 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

A bumper #AskTheCheapSeats includes questions on my power bills, the Duckworth/Lewis system, and the state of scrums – and the adjudicating thereof – scrum in Super Rugby.

The biggest talking point of the weekend was the homophobic slurs made in the Waratahs-Brumbies games on the weekend, and the boys got into great depth to explain why this kind of homophobic language needs to stop. Then there’s the issue of David Pocock potentially having this held against him should the Wallabies Captaincy should come up again. AND we even talk about some actual rugby…

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers showed he was human in the CWC Semi on Tuesday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers showed he was human in the CWC Semi on Tuesday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Cricket World Cup continues, and since our last podcast, we’ve seen some of the most remarkable ODI cricket ever played (possible hyperbole alert). New Zealand have beaten South Africa in the first Semi, Martin Guptill is a batting legend, the Australia-India Semi is previewed. Listen quickly, before the game starts…

We touch on the big and small issues in the NRL – including Ryan’s ‘elderly’ position on head-patting – and speak ill of the Canberra-St.George/Illawarra game. Plus, more AFL court action, Steven Gerrard sees red, and I do actual NBA research about retiring legend Steve Nash.

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Cheap Seats Episode 66: White balls do not equal red balls

Ryan O’Connell and I are debating football playing strip fashion in Episode 66 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

A bumper #AskTheCheapSeats including some superb questions on the state of Australian basketball, Manly breaking Parramatta’s Kieran Foran news, the use of Australian athletes in sports marketing campaigns, and the Cricket World Cup. Brilliant questions, and thanks to those asking.

The CWC has finally reached the Quarter Final stage, with Ryan surprised at the revelation Pakistan won’t play two games. But will the Quarters go according to plan, or might Sri Lanka have something to say about it? And is Aaron Finch out of form, or just short of runs? Plus yet more Kumar Sangakkara love. And Sheffield Shield Final shenanigans.

Me calling the Melbourne Storm jersey "very nice" over the weekend didn't go down well...

Me calling the Melbourne Storm jersey “really nice” over the weekend didn’t go down well…

Plus, the first ‘Grand Final preview’ of the NRL season has been played, but why was the crowd so small for the Souths-Roosters blockbuster? Oh, and Manly are still a shambles. Super Rugby sees the high-flying Brumbies leading the pack, while the Waratahs – and definitely the Reds – have some serious work to do.

There’s some more football drug test and ASADA drama to play out yet, while the boys touch on one of the more boring Australian Grands Prix ever.

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