Ok…I can expect a level of opprobrium from friends and colleagues in that I said that I would never go to a T20 match but given that a) it’s a recognised format of the game and b) Steve Smith would be playing, then it’s time to swallow one’s principles and go along to see a game especially if it’s Australia v Sri Lanka when I happened to be in the same city!
Was I disappointed? Well, yes. In that SL did not really turn up…and when they did it was like a 5th XI at a Sunday afternoon vicarage tea party,..they were dire! And that’s the best four letter term to use!
Warner scored a hundred (off the last ball of the innings), Maxwell 60+ at more than a run a ball and with one bowler’s analysis at 0-75 off fours overs (yes, that’s nearly 20 an over) then this is not really cricket as it should be played! Australia made 233/2 off their 20 overs!
Did I see Smith bat? No! Bowl? No! Field..yes a bit, it was only a cursory performance!
Sri Lanka were as abject as batting as they were in the field making only 99 in their 20 overs! An international side? An international game ? No…I would be inclined to make a claim under the Trades Decsription Act!
Overall it confirmed my pre-conceived view that T20 is a batsman’s game, bowlers are just cannon fodder and the aim of the game is to entertain the crowd and fill the TV audience with a few hours of entertainment and a several hours of repeats!
But as an experience amongst chums and friends, then now we’re talking!
So which is more important/relevant?
Well…you pay your money and take your choice!
As a cricket match, it’s a spectacle devoid of meaning and relevance.
As an experience or an introduction to cricket…then invaluable!
Would I go again to see a T20 game? It all depends on who is playing and where but my inclination is to go and watch a game of cricket? Who knows?
And worth 40 Aussies dollars? (Say 25 sterling)…well, yes but what would be the price back in the UK?
So…I’ve lost my virginity as a T20 watcher! Losing it in Adelaide to an Aussie rampant team, then that’s something else!