Can't remember the last time Morgan played red ball for Middx, pretty sure he was on the beach when we got relegated last season.
England did have split coaches for a while a few years ago didn't they? I thought Giles took over the short form when Flower had the test side, or did I dream that? Don't think it lasted very long however...July 2015 I think was the last time he turned up for a Middlesex County game.
There’s such a difference between the formats nowadays and specialist players for each side are needed. However, this hasn’t informed the ECB to consider two coaches for England. I’d keep Bayliss on for the short form and have a Test specialist lead the Test side.
If players can choose their format based on their skill set, why not coaches?
Why are the ECB trying to market cricket to people who don't watch cricket, but at the same time infuriating people who do! Obviously financial reasons but it's a kin joke!!
believe that practice in all sport is known as (Shaun) Harvey-ing ?Agree. The ECB’s meddling and tweaking and scrambling around for new ideas shows that they don’t have a clue how to evolve the game. 100 ball innings are not the way and the feeble excuses about young people not being interested are simply grating..
- If you want the youth to be involved, get some cricket back on free-to-watch TV. The Ashes in 2005 was watched by thousands if not millions. A load of people I know who hadn’t even bothered to think about cricket were gripped by it. Make it easily accessible on TV.
- You have a readymade tournament to attract the youth and non-cricket fans – the T20 Blast. It’s bells, whistles crash-bang-wallop cricket that’s done and dusted in three hours. Sure, the purists don’t like it, but the post-work crowd do. Try getting a ticket for Middlesex v Surrey on a Thursday night! It’s the best medium for attracting the uninitiated as there’s plenty of action. The IPL works, the Big Bash works, even Pakistan and the Windies are developing their own versions? Why abandon or at best side-line an already functioning tournament?
I have not heard one single coherent reason why the 100 ball thing should be introduced - normally with this sort of thing there is a reason (however flawed it may be - eg U23s in Checkatrade to help England), but this doesn't appear to offer anything new or helpful to anyone!!
I'd patent that...Maybe each player could bowl one over each and batsmen come out in pairs and bat for two overs and then retire.
Instead of being out, wickets could be scored as a minus penalty to the total score instead
How about basketball type hoops located in the outfield with extra bonus runs for hitting them?