Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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  • Naly D,

    I know it's really PC-crazy, but my first thought when seeing an ad for the Rose Bowl in the Dom this morning [Women's Cricket. It's a lot better than men's synchronised swimming] was 'would it be sexist if it were the other way around?'

    Wellington • Since Sep 2008 • 307 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    My idea for cricket is as follows:


    One innings of five (power play) overs each, and an increase in points from 4 to 10 for boundaries, and from 6 to 20 for hitting it out of the feild.

    This would make cricket more exciting for the younger fans, which is essential in the modern era. I propose to call this new format Mega Cricket Xtreme.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I propose to call this new format Mega Cricket Xtreme.

    You know what would make that even more exciting? If at random intervals the ball just, y'know, totally EXPLODED. Awesome.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I do see Mr Balls point (BTW, has he been scapegoated for the crash and fired as an treasury minister? That was his forte, originally). Hanging lessons around something vaguely interesting makes them less dry.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Andy Milne,

    You know what would make that even more exciting? If at random intervals the ball just, y'know, totally EXPLODED. Awesome.

    Ooh, now that'd keep Haddin back from the stumps a bit.

    I reckon the power-plays should be tip-and-run. Or maybe 5 overs of one hand, one bounce. Although judging by their home series against india last year, the Aussies already play to this rule.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    My idea for cricket is as follows...

    For rugby, so as to make teams rely upon scoring tries, instead of relying on penalty kicks, penalties should be worth 20 points. People would stop cheating and then everyone would actually have to work to get over the line :-)

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    It would be even better if the ball were to explode at *timed* intervals.
    "There's just 20 seconds remaining on the timer now as the bowler starts his run-up, so I'd be predicting a real pace ball...
    The batsman will of course be looking to hit this as far away from him as he can...
    He's sent it straight back to the bowler, we could see a caught and bowled here...
    Oh, dearie me, that could only be called unfortunate"

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1943 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Ooh, now that'd keep Haddin back from the stumps a bit.

    Speed up their over rate too, I reckon.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Forgot to mention, it won't just be regular Power Play, but Super Power Play, where the feilding team is allowed no players in the deep.

    Also, they could play Rock music in the breaks between overs.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Naly D,

    If that scheme was adopted to motorsport, I'd make one change:
    Every single competition in the world has this points structure:

    1st: 1,000,000,000 championship points.
    2nd: 10 championship points.
    3rd: 2 championship points.

    Then you'll see people actually going for it, instead of getting mid-way through the season and going '5th is good enough'.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2008 • 307 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Sad to say, but we have the technology.

    The BLU-24/B "Orange" was a small air-dispensed anti-personnel fragmentation bomblet. It was centrifugally armed (by the spin induced after release from the dispenser) and fired when the spin decayed below a certain threshold. When dropped over dense jungle arreas, this arming and firing sequence ensured that the bomblets would detonate between the forest canopy and the ground.

    Even more sad to say, kids in Third World nations regularly suffer the consequences of playing ball games with unexploded spin-to-arm munitions.

    /depressingrealitycheck

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    There will never be a better system than Duckworth-Lewis. And, contrary to what some commentators may have you believe, it does not actually cause the rain delay. It’s the other way around.

    But getting 7th formers to explain it would be a worthwhile subject.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    It was centrifugally armed (by the spin induced after release from the dispenser) and fired when the spin decayed below a certain threshold

    Meaning no one wants to play wicket keeper.

    Somehow cricket needs to be more like Blurnsball. Or was that what Cricket Max was?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    Actually 20/20 emerged out of the martin crowe invention cricket max
    which was even more wizz bang with bonus points and the like.
    h 2 innings per side of 10 overs
    max zone for extra points
    and the dum dum moment 4 wickets instead of 3

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    4 wickets instead of 3

    And giant bats?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    [The British Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls (snigger)] challenged pupils to come up with new ways to extend the reach of cricket and to use the sport to raise standards across the school curriculum.

    It's barely worth mentioning, but of course we all know that the British empire used cricket as a tool to teach newly colonised peoples how to be proper subjects of the Crown, and would always make sure that the indigenous players followed the rules of the game - at gunpoint if necessary. I heartily recommend the documentary Trobriand Cricket for more insight on this.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Stuart Coats,

    I love cricket, but as a tailender myself I always find it odd that everyone has to bat but not everyone has to bowl. So my solution is this (for ODI's):
    5 bowlers get to bowl a maximum of 9 overs each.
    The other 5 non-wicketkeeping fielders all have to bowl at least one over each.
    The wicket-keeper doesn't have to bowl, as getting the gear on and off would take up too much time (and Ponting another 20 minutes to set his field).

    With this scenario you'd have the captain have to decide "do I think I can get the other side all-out or do I need to bowl Daniel Flynn's over now?"

    It would also mean that the rest of the teams and fans might laugh at Chris Martin just that little bit less. Or not.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    But getting 7th formers to explain it would be a worthwhile subject.

    I believe it actually requires multiple PhDs in the topic of Chaos Theory. And a supercomputer based inside a planet run by mice.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I favour 4 innings, 8 balls an over and no time limit. With two 30 minute sessions each day, played in the afternoon and separated by a one hour tea break.

    This would give the 31 players (did I mention that bit) the opportunity to keep the games going for several months at a stretch. A series would take 2-3 years, interrupted by winters.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    Somehow cricket needs to be more like Blurnsball. Or was that what Cricket Max was?

    I reckon it should be more like Calvinball, never played with the same rules twice. Although you could argue that with the advent of powerplays, supersubs, and umpire referrals, that's essentially what's happened.

    My wife reckons the game would be better if hungry lions were released onto the field during slow periods of play.

    Seriously, though, the one thing UK (and NZ, for that matter) cricket adminstrators should do if they want to increase participation among children is get the game back onto free-to-air television. If it's essentially invisible to children in over 50% of households, of course the number of players is going to decline. The extra money that Sky pays for screening rights over state broadcasters is a total false economy.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • noizyboy,

    I reckon the power-plays should be tip-and-run. Or maybe 5 overs of one hand, one bounce.

    Snap! The very suggestions I made over on a similar topic at the Dropkicks.

    Also: can't be out first ball.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • noizyboy,

    Also: can't be out first ball.

    Which, again, might save Chris Martin the occasional blush.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    Actually 20/20 emerged out of the martin crowe invention cricket max
    which was even more wizz bang with bonus points and the like.
    h 2 innings per side of 10 overs
    max zone for extra points
    and the dum dum moment 4 wickets instead of 3

    And people sometimes ask.... "Why does everyone hate Martin Crowe?"

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Naly D,

    4 wickets instead of 3

    If anyone saw the match on Sunday, the wickets were basically as wide as 4 anyway.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2008 • 307 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Irvine,

    It's OK - the ICC are all over a new format (pimp, pimp).

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 242 posts Report Reply

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