Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cricket's equivalent of self goal

Michael Vaughan and Duncan Fletcher have done to England what Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell did to India. The Bridgetown, Barbados pitch is one of the liveliest in the Caribbean, England bowled Bangladesh out for 143 here, and yet Vaughan chose to bat after winning the toss. England got bowled out for 154. Dravid and Chappell had similarly opted to bat first against Bangladesh on a pitch where the Sri Lankans had in a previous match struggled in the early overs even against the lowly Bermudans. Both England and India thus knocked themselves out of the World Cup.

2 comments:

Mike said...

Yep - batting on winning the toss is a guaranteed failure. More here - http://www.nowombats.com/?p=25 .

Since then (40 matches) the ratio is even higher now (45 matches) - in the Super Eights of the teams winning the toss and batting second they have won 10 out of 12 times.

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