The petering out of Australia v Sri Lanka blows the theory that limited over cricket is necessarily more exciting than the Test/county variety.
Sri Lanka, set a high total (334), made a good fist of it of it. At one stage they were 153-1 but once they started losing wickets ( 7 for 42 runs) it was an impossible task. Their tail end bowlers hanged around for 20 minutes or so never being able to do anything more than reduce the deficit of defeat.
For example there were 3 Aussie commentators in the box and it might have been interesting to quiz them on aspects of the affaire in South Africa.
In my opinion the punishment levied on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft was appropriate but was the attack on the excesses of Australian culture of winning at all costs?
Speaking as one who has has traveled far and wide to see wimpish English submissions – one thinks of the 2006 down under Flintoff 0-5 whitewash after all the triumphalism of the 2005 Ashes victory – of the bedraggled Barmy Army walking by the sea at Mumbai just over 2 years ago after another caving-in contrasted to the player’s wives in the hotel lift so looking forward to a day by the pool with their partners.
I for one would not have minded a bit of Steve Waugh grit.
So that the Rust sports desk does not stand in the dock accused of male chauvinism I would like to praise TMS commentator Ebony Rainsford Smith, always perky and fun and no mean analyst of cricketing technique. Most of the male ex-Test cricketers tend to talk in terms of their own experience.
We were treated to a lengthy discourse by Graeme Swann on the first 3 balls he delivered in a Test match. Swanny is a card, but like most cricketers in his own bubble.
Daggers spoke of the improvements in sports science and training.
This may well be so.
One compares Fred Trueman, whose idea of training was to lift a pint of ale, but who got through thousands of overs for Yorkshire and England without injury.