Thailand are wondering whether the lofted off drive is enough

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There are two types of people in this world: people who feel like the weather has denied them a point and people who feel like the weather has secured them a point for a no result.

Which ones are optimists? If Thailand see their first T20 World Cup point (secured against Pakistan) as a point gained, that seems like a very positive way of looking at things. But then surely looking on 150-3 as a defensible total is positive too.

It seems the sickening modern blight that is positive thinking is now so endemic in cricket that it has actually become impossible to take the negative option.

If you didn’t see Thailand’s innings, you can catch the highlights here. One thing that may strike you is that openers Nattakan Chantam and Nattaya Boochatham are not averse to a lofted off drive.

This is not normally the shot around which large totals are built. It’s almost as if the two have heard of cow corner but have taken it as a warning to avoid hitting in that direction so as to minimise the chances of bovine injury.

It may explain the team’s loopy leg-side full-bunger bowling strategy though. It must be quite a challenging stock ball for batters of this disposition.


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  1. Soboth semi finals look like being washed out. No reserve day, so the group winners go through to the final. Great work, cricket.

      1. Much needed rain after so much forest fire.

        This should provide welcome relief from the sizzling temperatures

      2. I’m with KC on this one, Sam.

        Don’t be a doomster and a gloomster.

        Where would our great leader be if he were to be as negative as you? Dead in a ditch, that’s where.

        I’ll just let you enjoy that thought for a moment before I move on.

        And just one more moment, for luck.

        Anyway, we don’t believe in experts any more so the current weather forecast for Thursday in Sydney is wrong. Proper cricket weather, it will be.

        Set your alarm for 4.00 Thursday and see if I am right.

      3. I don’t need to set my alarm for 4am. I have three human alarm clocks who wake me up at 4am. And 5am. And 6am.

    1. Well that’s a fine point. (Fine point was also a legitimate catching position when bowling to Sanath.)

  2. Oh my giddy goose, KC has changed WordPress theme for a whole new look to his site.

    No-one in their right mind does that.

    It’s the website equivalent of lofting an off drive and then being surprised when you get caught at mid off.

    1. Experimenting and got carried away. Going to leave it for a couple of days to work out what’s wrong with it.

  3. Wow. Refreshed twice as thought i was in the wrong place… I think i like it… I think.

  4. Change! The Hundred! Four day tests! Coloured clothing! Overarm bowling! Now this?

  5. Wait, how did you change your handwriting midway through life? Or have you started employing a scribe?

      1. Have you made him shave his head? Does his quill tremble at the sound of your arriving footsteps?

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