Australia v Sri Lanka – today I lost my (T20) virginity

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!

Underneath the Moreton Bay fig trees..an iconic view!

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!

Steve Smith …light duties

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!

Yes..the required rate is 822 runs per over!

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!

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