The game of cricket has had a lot of curve-balls thrown at it with vicious intensity during its long history. Whether it be endless rumours and sagas involving match-fixing or spot-fixing, or the inadequacy of administrators, or the irritating confusion when it comes to the Duckworth Lewis method and bad light policies. But last weekend I experienced just what is so good about cricket. As Cricket Australia puts it, Cricket is, truly, "A Sport for All".
The dearth of swing bowlers has made the cricketing world a sadder place. If you ask any batsman, whether express fast bowling is more difficult or quality swing bowling, 90% of them will choose the latter. And there have been some absolute beauties in my cricket viewing career. There are very few in contemporary times who can claim to be supremely skillful exponents of true swing bowling. There may be some who may not agree with some of my choices, but if there are any swing bowlers who can match these eleven then they must be some bowler. Here is Around the Wicket's "Best Swing XI" of the last 25 years.
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Fox Cricket yesterday aired both Smith's and Bancroft's version of what happened at Newlands. And I feel that they have caused more damage to their reputations than earned sympathy from the cricketing public. The interviews were more suited for "Oprah" or "60 minutes" then as fillers for the lunch or tea break.