Warne showing that T20 isn’t Mickey Mouse anymore.
For those of you that know me, I am an absolute sports nut. There isn’t really any sport that I don’t follow, given the opportunity. Probably NBA and Soccer are two that I don’t follow that closely. Mostly because I don’t have access to the games every week. I have been trying to convince Chereen to let me get fox. Still a work in progress. Maybe when we have kids, I can get the emotional blackmail going and say that since I can’t go out to watch Crows games, or go play tennis, or whatever else, then I can get fox.
Anyway, I am a sports nut, and one of my favourites is cricket, most notably test cricket. There is nothing better that sitting down on a lazy Sunday and just watching the test on the TV, especially when it’s a close game. The recent South African series was just brilliant, and along with the 2005 Ashes series I think it was close to my favourite series.
Now that the tests are over however, it almost feels as though the Australian cricketing summer is over. One day matches are becoming less and less relevant. And this is because of the advent of T20. If it wasn’t for the Adelaide Strikers pushing for a finals berth, I think I would be looking out for footy season already.
When T20 was first introduced, it was treated as a Mickey Mouse game by the players and the crowd came along more out of curiosity rather than anything else. As we all know, what transformed that was the inauguration of the IPL, and the huge money that came along with it, which turned T20 into serious business.
In Australia big bash flourished, with its injection of overseas talent, so Cricket Australia made a bold decision to do away with the state based system and move to a city based franchise system.
And that’s what I love about T20. I don’t like how it is taking away from the summer of test cricket in that it’s hard to find replacements for injuries etc. But what I do love is that it has a little bit of Aussie Rules about it. I think this would be heightened even more if I was in Melbourne or Sydney too. But for the first time in history, it is conceivable that you could live in Adelaide and barrack for an interstate team, because you like one of the players on that team, or for some other reason. I barrack for the Adelaide Strikers, and I like that the team looks different from the regular Redbacks team. It is interesting to see Cam Boyce playing for Adelaide, not to mention big international players. The interstate merry-go-round doesn’t seem to have affected the passion of the players either, who clearly don’t treat this as hit and giggle anymore, as Warne and Samuels showed the other night. And the crowd of over 40,000 was there to watch it. There would have been banter in the crowd, and a much more even split of allegiances would have created an awesome atmosphere. I wonder how many are going to turn up to the first one day international this Friday.
Just don’t touch my beloved test matches please.