Well Australia well and truly got a touch up in the 2nd Test in Port Elizabeth. Losing ten wickets for about 90 runs when the openers have put on 120 is just not good enough, no matter how good the opposition bowling is. Again there has been discussions about the Decision Review System with players being given out on very flimsy evidence and I remain of the view that the decisions should revert
to the central umpires unless they call for a review.
I would also like to make a comment about the umpires allowing the extra thirty minutes of play at the end of Day 4. Having granted the South African’s the extra thirty minutes, I think the umpires were under extra pressure to see that it was justified. Ryan Harris was given out LBW by umpire Dharmasena, when that umpire had hardly made decision all test and it was such a marginal decision that the commentators thought on first view that it was too high, but the ball tracker showed it just clipping the stumps so he was on his way. They had no say in Rogers poor decision to take a run, but then Lyon was given out when he snicked the ball into his pads. Two LBW decisions that could have gone either way going against the side who didn’t want the extra thirty mins justifies the umpires decision to allow the extra time.
I don’t know if it made any difference as I didn’t hear if the forecast rain arrived the next day. Either way the South Africans deserved to win and whomever wins the toss in Cape Town will probably take the series.
Well another great performance by Jason Day to take the World Matchplay Championship and go to No 4 in the world. He could have wrapped it up a lot earlier, but he got there in the end despite the Frenchman executing tww of the best saves you will see in a long time. It is my prediction that he will win a major this year, more than likely one of the US tournaments.
I lot of discussion this week about Collingwood FC player, Marley Williams and whether he should be playing football given he has been convicted. Given the hysteria surrounding Andrew Lovett and Stephen Milne who weren’t or haven’t been found guilty perhaps the discussion has been rather muted, but I think he should be able to play until he is sentenced. He is a young player who needs the distraction of preparing and playing football, if he gets a custodial sentence he is out of the game anyway, but if
he gets a suspended sentence, then he has missed games that he probably didn’t have to. Any working person in the same position would have the expectation that they could work up until they were sentenced.
It would seem that the wheels of ASADA are now turning and hopefully the conclusion to the Essendon FC supplement scandal is not as drawn out as has been suggested. As stated last week I don’t think I am alone in saying that it has gone on for too long already.
Have a good weekend!