I’m calling ‘Stumps’ on this summer of discontent

The Adelaide Test was outstanding, and several elements from it should be applied to Test cricket more broadly. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Adelaide Test was outstanding, and several elements from it should be applied to Test cricket more broadly. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: A different kind of Eden Park thumping is enough for me to put the summer of cricket behind me for 2015/2016. Yes, there is still a bit of cricket to go between now and the end of April, but the Kookaburra must give way to the Gilbert.

And what an interesting summer it’s been..

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…

Perth centuries show value in the 50-over format

"George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day.."

“George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day..”

The Roar: The great Mark Twain misquote reads, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” and I reckon sometime one-day cricket must feel this way too, sometimes.

Twenty20 cricket was invented in England and first played at a First Class level in the northern summer of 2003. Roughly three minutes after the completion of the first ever game, the first report of 50-over cricket’s demise was penned. Perhaps.

For a format on its death bed, one-day cricket has proved remarkably resilient, to be still going 13 years later, and on Tuesday, we saw four excellent innings that you just wouldn’t in a Twenty20 game…

Australian ODI squad: no Lyon, no Lynn. Yet…

Nathan Lyon (left) and Chris Lynn have missed the initial Australian ODI side, but are still very much in line, according to selector Trevor Hohns.

Nathan Lyon (left) and Chris Lynn have missed the initial Australian ODI side, but are still very much in line, according to selector Trevor Hohns.

The Roar: Like more than a few of you, I was rather surprised to hear Nathan Lyon and Chris Lynn had been left out when the first Australian one-day squad of the summer was named yesterday.

All the right noises were being made about Lyon being sighted in the coloured gear this summer, especially with the team heading to the World Twenty20 in India in March and April. And if there’s a batsman in Australia currently striking the ball better than Lynn, well they’re not playing at a televised level.

Rather staggeringly though, neither were named in the 13-man squad for the first three ODIs against India, starting next week in Perth, Brisbane, and Melbourne, but it would appear that there’s much more to it than that, and it’s not bad news at all…