Cricket South Africa eats under pressure regarding & # 39; money laundering & # 39; while storm clouds gather on day three of the third test against England
- Cricket South Africa is accused of money laundering & # 39; of the test team
- The leaders of the new regime have undermined racial transformation policies
- Kagiso Rabada is the only black African who has taken action against England ]
- Dissenters began to express their concerns after the second test defeat
Storm clouds are gathering over South African cricket and off the pitch after a miserable day when England entered the murder and a 2-1 series lead.
The new regime of Cricket South Africa under CEO Jacques Faul, director of cricket Graeme Smith and head coach Mark Boucher are accused by a substantial part of the population of & # 39; money laundering & # 39; of the game and undoing years of painfully earned transformation concessions.
Much of the criticism comes from those with a political rather than sporting background, but they are a powerful minority with a strong and broad influence.
When Boucher named his best friend, Jacques Kallis, as the team batting coach, the perception of a & # 39; white revolution & # 39 ; complete.
South Africa's victory in the first test at Centurion made it more difficult for the divergent opinions to express their criticism, but the defeat in the second test in Newlands and another dominant performance from England here has led to a growing number of calls for a return to the racial transformation policy that has supported selection for more than ten years.
When racial quotas were first introduced more than a dozen years ago they only applied to domestic teams.
The belief, or hope, was that they would accelerate non-white players through the system at age group and first-class level, leading to an increase in black players to choose from. But the national team was exempt from a strict quota other than the one first introduced in 2000, namely that the Proteas will never be & # 39; all white again & # 39; would be.
Frustrated by slow progress, CSA introduced even stricter quotas four years ago with provincial teams needed to place seven non-white players in each game, three of which are black-African. In franchise cricket, they are six non-white players, three of whom must be black African.
The only room for maneuver for the national team is to include two black Africans in the six non-whites and the quota is measured across all three formats and during the course of a calendar year.
So, strictly speaking, there is no problem with South Africa placing only four non-white players in the first two tests and five in this test – with Kagiso Rabada the only black African – because they have the numbers in the ODI & # 39; s and T20I & # 39; s.
But that is the sensitivity around the subject, ignited by the appointment of the new white regime and the axing of black batsman Temba Bavuma, which is now increasing for significant change – now. The suspension of Rabada for the fourth test at the Wanderers next week means that Bavuma will certainly be recalled. Although he scored a career-best 180 in his last innings for his franchise, the Lions, many will mistakenly remember his memory as purely & # 39; political & # 39; consider.
The racial transformation of sport in South Africa is not only a moral imperative to correct the horrendous mistakes of apartheid. There is also an economic necessity. Sponsors, broadcasters and advertisers prefer not to be associated with a sport that was once seen as & # 39; the white man's game & # 39 ;. White South Africans make up only 10 percent of the population.
The biggest problem with quotas, however, is that they directly conflict with the core principle of top sport, the pursuit of excellence. Every team, in every sport and every region, is irrefutably at risk if there are other selection criteria than excellence. It does not necessarily mean that the best team has not been chosen, but it remains a compromise.
Smith and Boucher strongly believe in transformation, organically if possible, but they also believe that cricket enthusiasts will support a winning team regardless of the color of their skin.
NASSER HUSSAIN: The outburst of Kagiso Rabada was raw emotion, pure theater and passion … I don't want to see cricket played by 22 robots
- Kagiso Rabada got a hand prohibition to keep him from the fourth test
- The South African pacer celebrated wildly after taking Joe Root's wicket
- Although Rabada already had three demerits the ban feels harsh
- Sport is about passion and emotion and I don't want to see it played by robots
Yes, I know that Kagiso Rabada already had you points left and is a serial offender. He has probably been warned about his behavior time and time again.
And when I sent an e-mail to Shaun Pollock for this series and said: & # 39; Tell me how the oxtail goes & # 39 ;, he replied that the only concern was that he still had his emotions still not under control.
So after being warned of an exaggerated response to Zak Crawley's resignation in Newlands in the second test, it was stupid to celebrate him when he released Joe Root here on the first day.
justified a fourth penalty point
But let's put it in context t and watch the incident itself.
That was 33 degrees Celsius with high humidity in Port Elizabeth and Oxtail bowling at a flat pitch for the English captain after he was refused the new ball. He then produced a jaffa to take root. There was no physical or eye contact and no sledding. And I didn't hear anyone say Thursday that his celebration justified a point of punishment. Nor did I hear anyone from the English camp complain.
If the game has a law that says that a bowler should not invade the batsman's room because it could provoke him, the law is frankly a donkey. And it's easy to sit up straight in an air-conditioned media box and become totally powerful about it.
This was ru we emotion, it was theater and it was passionate. OK, Oxtail may have celebrated a garden farther from Root, but I don't want to see 22 robots on the cricket ground. Emotion makes Oxtail the cricket player he is.
The ICC is in charge of the regulations, but they are also responsible for the protection of the health of Test cricket, a game that we are constantly told is dying. And the final test at the Wanderers will now be a less spectacle for the absence of Oxtail. Again, the game has shot itself in the foot – but only has Oxtail.
Rules are rules. And after three official warnings and one reportedly about the QT, no one can claim that Kagiso Oxtail was unaware of the consequences of further violations. However, only the most fanatic stickler could have been happy with the news from yesterday.
Forbidden, from the decisive test of four. Forbidden, from a circuit in Johannesburg that might eventually offer him some help after the alien terrain of Port Elizabeth. Forbidden, for demonstrating the emotion, the passion, which is certainly the heart of top sport. Forbidden by the same body that thinks Test cricket is in such trouble that they consider shaving a full day of the long ball game.
Still, is it a miracle? If the ICC wants to consider why a younger audience is less than forced by their sports days, they might have to see exactly what Oxtail has suspended.
Not the simple addition process, because we can all understand that. It is impossible to argue against four penalty points in two years that are equivalent to suspension. In Premier League football, five yellow cards result in a ban after match week 19; in European competitions it needs two bookings to miss the next competition. Sport is familiar with the addition. After having received three points, Oxtail cannot have any complaints that the fourth sanction has resulted.
Why did he get a point at all, that is the issue. Oxtail was disciplined because he celebrated too enthusiastically after taking Joe Wick's wicket. However, little was said in Thursday's reports, except to say that the bowler seemed very satisfied. The way he should have been. Root is an exceptional batsman. Oxtail is said to have entered the day and see the captain of England as an important target. The fastest bowler in South Africa would have been a personal fight, one he had to win. Damn good, he was happy he threw 27.
So he celebrated it. Not in an aggressive way. He did not give Root what is described as an extension – as he did Zak Crawley in the second test. That was the outburst that gave him a private reprimand. So he didn't repeat it. There were no verbal words or expletives, no confrontation. Oxtail ran over the wicket, roared his head, came fairly close to Root without making contact, then bowed double, squatted and directed his screams at the wicket; which, given the help it had offered him, was very appropriate.
And nobody cared. Not like you should have set the antennas of the ICC to vibrate. Root walked away without registering a noticeable response. Commentators describe the ball and the shot, not the aftermath. Reporters recorded details and statistical facts without reaching for the fragrant salts. But umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford took offense. They must have done it because they told Oxtail to match referee Andy Pycroft and the next morning the ICC was in Oxtail & # 39; s case. Because he was enthusiastic about the English captain's wicket. As if St. George & # 39; s Park was not empty enough except the tourists.
And no, cricket cannot take into account the spectacle of governing disciplinary matters. The fourth test in Johannesburg was a more attractive prospect with Rabada in the ranks of South Africa. The Wanderers is South Africa's fastest wicket & # 39; s test site and & # 39; fast and resilient & # 39; was the promise.
Watching Ben Stokes compete against Rababa, or see how England's top three acted to him, promised a lot of spectacle and now that has been lost. Yet it is not a mitigating factor here. The problem is emotion. Why is cricket so scared of it? This is a sport where men routinely throw a hard ball directly into the body of an opponent. There is a low target of three wooden sticks, but fast bowlers often aim higher, towards the head, to intimidate and frighten. And then we wonder why the emotion runs high?
Former England captain Nasser Hussain spoke about the demanding 11 sports robots and was arrested by former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding.
"As a player you know the game conditions and the conditions under which the ICC has established its code of conduct," he said. 'Do not abuse it. Oxtail has to learn. He cannot keep making the same mistake. & # 39;
He had a point, although the sermon was undermined with pictures from Holding's social media that kicked the stumps out of the ground at the end of the batsman, protesting an appeal refused in a test with New Zealand 40 years ago. It is an emotional game, South Africa & # 39; s head coach Mark Boucher explained.
Now Boucher may not be the idea of the ICC of a go-to-guy when discussing etiquette on the field. Opponents remember him as a fierce sledger who cared little for the sensitivities of those he tried to unleash. His opinion about Oxtail was nevertheless motivated. The player had to adapt to the new rules, he advised – but the new rules had to find a balance around competitive emotion. One of his other penalties followed Steve Smith's resignation. Name a bowler who would take that into account.
"I didn't think there was anything wrong with it," Boucher said. "We expressed our concern when the rule was quoted with us. They talked about excessive parties in the vicinity of the batter and making contact. I don't think he made contact with Root. He was in his space, but there are different ways you can look at it. He knows what he can and cannot do, so maybe he pushed a little too far.
I am worried about the way things are going. A few things happen in world cricket the moment teams start winning, pushing hard, like England in the final test. They had been in the field for a long time and the abusive words weren't great, but it's just emotion. We would push hard and try to make batsmen feel uncomfortable too. I can see what the ICC wants to go with, but I hope they don't get emotion out of the game because it should play a very big role.
& # 39; We Didn't Have to Do That In Our Days When we deal with things like this, we can say just about what we wanted and get away with it – so it's also a learning curve for me. You do not want to eliminate all aggression. You have two countries that play hard and sometimes overflow emotions. So I am disappointed – again, if you know the rules, you must stick to it. Kagi throws at his best when he is aggressive, so it's about keeping that, not including him, but also understanding the laws and where they are now. It will be difficult, but it will have to tackle that. & # 39;
Like many cricketers like this is the new standard. Ollie Pope, the hero of England, sounded as surprised as everyone else that he will not meet Oxtail in The Wanderers. "It is not a subject that is being discussed in the dressing room," he said. Something Not something we talked about. "Not at the time, he confirmed, and not since. The ICC solved a problem that nobody had. Celebrate the fall of a good batsman. Apparently it's just not a cricket.
Sid Lahiri was especially proud of England's victory over the South African in the second test.
The founder of Star Cricket Academy watched as Ollie Pope and Dom Sibley, both impressed by the bat to help tourists win the victory with 189 points. Not that he would be somewhat surprised.
Lahiri spent years sharpening the skills of pope – who did not merge an insured 61 during the first innings of England – at his academy in Cobham.
Even a former opener, the performance of Sibley in the second innings would have been extra fun to see. His undefeated 133 was crucial to the success of England, with shots that would once have been perfected at the Surrey Academy. Lahiri was there at the same time.
& # 39; I spent a lot of time working with Ollie when he was a boy & # 39 ;, says Lahiri.
& # 39; He then developed a very solid technique that served him well since he made the leap to international cricket.
& # 39; I was also the age group under the 13-14 coach when Dom Sibley was at the Surrey Academy, although he went to play in Warwickshire as
& # 39; I have Sun not individually coached, but I saw him develop as a young cricket player.
& # 39; What struck both Sun and Ollie in the first few years was their natural ability and their desire to score. They both found a very effective way to score runs, even in those days, and that now helps them both. & # 39;
That was not the only link on the field in Newlands for the former Indian professional.
The Rajasthan Royals Academy Director in the UK has worked closely with members of their senior 2020 side, witnessing the genius of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer on the Twenty20 stage.
& # 39; The quality and dedication of Stokes, Butler and Archer during my time at the Royal allow me to bring that knowledge back to the UK and the Academy. "Lahiri said.
& # 39; Ben is an absolute legend and we are proud to have him in our lead role Rajasthan Royals team – one of the very best to play the game now. & # 39
That is where Lahiri's focus is now, and he is busy developing the stars of the future at the British Academy of Royals.
His work at that level is highly praised by some of the greatest names in sports, including Alec Stewart.
Sid Lahiri and the Rajasthan Royals Academy is an exceptional arrangement, said the former captain of England.
& # 39; Sid is a quality coach – his knowledge is of a high level, his understanding of how to coach is good as I have seen and his relationships with players are excellent.
& # 39; He has a real passion to ensure that players improve and most importantly, enjoy the game.
& # 39; He has worked with a number of Surrey & # 39; s players over a period of time and they all speak of Sid in glowing terms. "
That passion is no clearer than when he talks about his work with the academy and his drive to unearth the next jewel of England.
" If you look at the English children who we coach It would surprise me if we don't see at least one of them in the Rajasthan Royals colors in a few years & he said.
& # 39; We are very excited about the future – there is so much talent that we can develop not only for the Royals and the IPL game, but also for the future test side of England.
& # 39; I'm sure the next Ollie Pope is already working with me. & # 39;
The Royals are planning to open ten more British academies in the coming years and with the ambitious team owner, Manoj Bedale, looking for partnerships with the English provinces, Lahiri will be a vital cog in growth of the game from the basics.
He has come a long way since arriving here in 2003 to start his coaching odyssey.
A generous gift from a parent helped Lahiri buy four bowling machines with money and set up hi academy.
Some of the future stars of Surrey cricket quickly walked through the door, with Ryan Patel and Amir Virdi among those who were present, as well as Glamorgan's Daniel Douthwaite and Worcestershire's Alex Milton.
In 2019, his line-up at Reeds School in Cobham, Surrey, was rolled up in the British Academy of Rajasthan Royals, one band that has its roots in the relationship of Lahiri with Badale and Zubin Bharucha, the cricket head of the Royals.
& # 39; I started with a boy. I had nothing. Only us in the park. & # 39;
Now the world of cricket is quickly learning who Sid Lahiri is.
The MCC BACKS calls on the English duo Joe Root and Ben Stokes to continue playing Test Cricket for more than five days after the ICC has shortened the idea to shorten the format to four
- The MCC believes that Test cricket should be played in five days
- Cricket leaders have suggested that tests are shortened from five days to four
- Joe Root and Ben Stokes of England want to test Cricket to stay for five days
The MCC Cricket Committee and MCC World Cricket Committee both believes Test Cricket should be played in five days.
The ICC has suggested that tests are shortened from five days to four, but the MCC set out its position on the future after a recent meeting. of Test cricket
An explanation was: & # 39; MMC took note of the recent discussion about the future of Test cricket and the wish of the ICC to discuss the introduction of four-day Test cricket to replace the current five-day format in the World Test Championship from 2023.
De MCC said he believes Cricket should be played in five days in the future
& # 39; The MCC Cricket Commission and MCC World Cricket Commission have recently discussed the issue and although they see some of the benefits that four-day Test Cricket could bring, both committees believe Test Cricket should be played in five days. & # 39;
Five-day tests have been set since 1979 and some of the most exciting finishes of the format – including the Oval draw that sealed the historic Ashes victory of 2005 and the recent victory over South Africa in Cape Town – have been played on the last day.
However, the ICC has allowed certain tests since 2017 for four days.
These competitions fall outside the World Test Championship, such as the historic meeting of England with Ireland at Lord & # 39; s in July.
Four-day test games are likely to follow the playing conditions used for the handful of recent four-day tests, with 98 overs scheduled for each day instead of 90.
But the MCC have joined the Federation of International Cricketers & Associations in supporting the English captain Joe Root and all-rounder Ben Stokes in calling Test Cricket for a format to stay da t is played for five days.
FICA is the representative body of global players in cricket and has carried out extensive re
FICA executive chairman Tony Irish emphasized that there is currently much negative sentiment & # 39; with regard to the proposed proposed changes.
South Africa vs England DAY FIVE LIVE: Eight wickets needed to win the second test in Cape Town and to level the series … can the men of Joe Root win a historic victory?
- England needs eight wickets to win the second test against South Africa
- A late Jimmy Anderson wicket on day four left the hosts on 126-2 – 312 runs still needed to achieve a record chase
- Dom Sibley was the English star with a maidest century on Monday  South Africa has Pieter Malan at the fold, unbeaten at 63
- Only Australia has been in Cape Town since the end of the isolation in South Africa
England and South Africa have a final exciting event set up Day of the second test in Newlands – and you can follow the latest action with live coverage from Sportsmail.
The first test century of Sun Sibley on day four helped the tourists make a record run of 438 and by the end
Joe Denly made Dean Elgar his first test scalp and Jimmy Anderson then rejected Zubayr Hamza in the penultimate over
Bookies did not offer England any better than 4/11 to claim a series-winning victory, with a draw available on 4/11 and the hosts who were at odds after the opening day on 20/1.
South Africa vs. England DAY THREE LIVE: Hosts resume first innings at 215-8 after tourists fight back in second test led by James Anderson
- The second test between South Africa and England started on Friday delivering the delivery of Dom Bess
 The tourists were thrown out for 269 with Ollie Pope who resisted late
England bowed with the ability to drag itself back into position in the second test against South Africa, but Stuart Broad paid the price for too many steps on a hard-fought day in Cape Town.
After being fired for an under-utilized 269, the tourists kept the home side on the line and built pressure on both ends of day two, with the Proteas stumps 54 behind considering 215 for eight.
James Anderson finished three for 34, Broad struck twice in a tone. early blast, while Sam Curran and Dom Bess played sound supporting roles, but the tourists might have been even better.
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South Africa vs. England, LIVE: Cricket Score Card and Second Test Updates, Day One in Cape Town
Joe Root and his men, who were decimated by illness at the start of this prestigious tour, fell to a major loss of 107 points after a disastrous first innings, in which From Kock himself led the way with the bat. another collapse and they must now keep the ship stable here if they have designs to win this four-Test series.
That will be an even more daunting task after opener Rory Burns, who was one of the few players who performed well last week, was excluded from the game with a serious ankle injury sustained during football before and training.
Zak Crawley returns as the replacement opener, while spinner Dom Bess comes for a fast bowler Jofra Archer, who has an injured elbow.
See below for the scorecard for a wonderful day at Newlands Cricket Ground, which lies in the shadow of Table Mountain, including live updates as the action takes place.
The Cricket Board of England and Wales want four-day compulsory matches from 2023.
To the controversial proposal is likely to be met by kickbacks from players and key locations, although the ECB has argued for shorter matches to alleviate the workload of the player.
But do the cricket of Sportsmail experts support the plans, or are they against it?
PAUL NEWMAN – CRICKET CORRESPONDENT – NO
Of all the stupid ideas that modern cricket managers have come up with, this is one of the worst. Tests last five days. End of By reducing them by one day, the whole rhythm and dynamics of Test cricket would be ruined. It would be a lesser game.
Just think of some of the fantastic fifth-day draws. What about Old Trafford and the Oval in the largest of all Ashes series in 2005? What about the thrillers inspired by Graham Onions in Cape Town and Centurion here in South Africa 10 years ago. Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson at Cardiff in 2009 anyone? Panesar again and Matt Prior in Auckland in 2013. And it doesn't just pull – what about the West Indies chasing after 322 to win against Headingley in all odds in 2017. The list is endless.
OK, I know many games now end in four days, but the mindset would be completely different if that was the duration from the beginning. It would encourage negative cricket because it would be easier to play for a draw. The longer the game, the greater the chance that the best team will win. And if a day or more is lost due to rain, you can completely forget a positive result.
Goodness, players find it hard enough to throw 90 overs in a day, let alone 98. At Centurion we lost 10 overs one day and the next seven. When Colin Graves said he was in favor of four-day tests after becoming President of the ECB in 2015, he said there should be 105 overs per day. Good luck with it, Mr. Chairman. And don't forget to turn off the light when you finally leave the ground.
Do not listen when proponents of this say that it would help the well-being of players and reduce the workload.
As soon as they make more room, they fill it with another Twenty20 competition or ban the sky, more one hundred competitions.
STEVE HARMISON – FORMER ENGLAND BOWLER AND TALKSPORT PUNDIT – YES
Around the world, the crowds and viewing figures are declining and not standard high, possibly due to the influence of one-day batting and the techniques that produce.
The longer format seems to have taken a hit in terms of the way the players play the game. That reduces games to at least four days, so I wouldn't mind if we turned it into a four-day game.
I will always come back designed to make the cricket game better and if the extra days were used to improve the preparation of players for matches, I am there completely for that.
You now see so many tours on which the English team seems to be rusting test competitions and that dates back to my time.
It probably won't happen, but I would like to see more time go by in the run-up to four and five game series, so players have practiced well and are ready to give their best performance when the games start.
LAWRENCE BOOTH – WISDEN EDITOR – NO
I see the arguments for four-day tests. Not many games reach the fifth day, which is expensive to set up, and some teams would play more aggressively – so we would still get a fair share of thrillers on the late day.
Cricket has always evolved and has always survived. I'm just not convinced that the plan would work. It all goes very well over 98 overs in a day, but England and South Africa barely achieved 80 during the Boxing Day test and that is with the extra half an hour.
Unless the authorities get serious about punishing slow exceedances, 98 is in the air. Then there is the fact that weaker teams can set their booth for a draw. Five-day cricket will not let you hide anywhere. And that's before we get to the weather. Lose half a day in rain, like you regularly from England, and the draw becomes even more likely.
But my main objection is that the impetus behind this idea seems to be commercial. Over the years, businessmen have done enough damage to cricket without undermining the shape of the game that players still consider the high point.
The great gift of Cricket is being able to accommodate a three-hour game, as well as one that stretches from Thursday morning to Monday evening and enchants two nations along the way. Take a day off from a test and you'll notice what makes it unique between formats – time. Test cricket reveals character like no other sport.
You mess with that at your own risk. I am not an old fogy who always goes back to the past and I am happy to keep up with the times – but I am strong against four-day Test cricket.
We have shorter formats as it is. Why can't you develop a test over time with roadside twists like the best do? Why does everything have to be kept to the absolute minimum nowadays? I don't understand the urgency.
I don't mind making pitches that are prepared with a four-day finish and a first innings for a score of 300, like at Centurion, but you need that extra day to make sure that you get a decent finish.
The danger with four-day tests is going to get grassy surfaces that go too far in favor of the bowlers, such as Lord & # 39; s against Ireland last summer, because groundmen will worry about boring draws or artificial finishes if you get a day or so of rain.
We are struggling to produce good spinners as it is. This will make it worse.
There are so many more important things that the ICC has to look at. I find it incredible in modern times, for example, that they can turn on the spotlight on a floor and still leave for poor light.
How about watching ticket prices and improving the viewing experience on the ground, because it is often a better experience to watch on television.
Young people want good WiFi on site and shelter when it rains. And the biggest problem the ICC has to solve is bad about rates, because we are struggling to get 90 the way it is.
It is fine if this movement leads to a reduction in the amount of cricket, but it will not achieve that. All they will do is fill the gaps with even more cricket. And if governing bodies don't do that, franchises will certainly do that.
Some of the big tests ended on the fifth day and the audience is completely satisfied with the finishes on Monday. I recently attended a supporter function here in South Africa and asked people about it. They were all happy with Test cricket as it is.
A good test is like a good book. Let it develop and give it time. If it ends in four days, so be it. But you need the option of a fifth.
DAVID LLOYD – FORMER ENGLISH BATSMAN AND COACH – NO. bye. I assume that with four-day competitions they would like to increase the allocation of overs in a day to 100 and I see that not viable. The players only want to play at a pedestrian pace and the referees are very reluctant to speed things up.
I would be a fan of the concept if everyone could improve their game and get the overs in it. To do that, we need a zero tolerance for slow exceedances and that would mean that suppliers will be suspended for the next match if they fail to achieve the required goals. Unless there are sanctions like this, it just won't work.
If that were the case, Test cricket would be a faster game and the aggressive way modern cricket players would play would have any chance of achieving results within 400 overs. It would also take another day to relieve the pressure of the modern international schedule. But until the mindsets of players and managers change, I am against it.
Looking back at the best moments of a memorable sports year in the last of our series, Paul Newman speaks the key players when England history wrote a glorious summer day in the Home of Cricket on
Even now the emotion is clear in Jason Roy's voice and he describes the moment he produced the pitch that the World Cup won for England.
& # 39; I have watched the last ball a million times and have let so many thoughts run through my mind & # 39 ;, says Roy Sportsmail. & # 39; Imagine if I screwed it up like I did in the Super Over before?
& I feel sick to think what could have been. It was like it happened in slow motion. I saw the seam roll over the grass. Everything seemed to stop. There was no sound whatsoever. It just became quiet. It gives me goosebumps now.
"But I knew that if I collected it neatly and got it, there was no chance they could get two. The throw was good enough. I didn't mess around and we're here and I have the medal.
Being part of it was sensational. It is awesome. We then worked for four years. The World Cup will surpass everything that happens to me in my cricket life, I know that for sure. & # 39;
It is the perfect description of the denouement of a tumultuous day in the Lord & # 39; s in July, when England defeated New Zealand for the first time 50- to win over World Cup, as TV commentator Ian Smith says memorable, & # 39; by the smallest margins & # 39 ;.
So exposed that when Martin Guptill was run by Roy & # 39; s pitch from mid-wicket – coolly completed by Jos Buttler – attempt at a second point on Jofra Archer's & all 39 ball in the first Super Over in a World Cup Final, the teams could not be separated again.
Both England and New Zealand had made 241 in a slow burner of a final that could possibly be the story of a substandard field that ruined a showpiece opportunity that had not been caught up by hardly credible drama.
And then both teams made 15 more in theirs, making England triumph over a draw that will never be used again after the ICC decision to scrap it.
England was world champion thanks to reaching 26 limits in the competition compared to the 17th of New Zealand indeed.
Not that there was any sense of injustice in the role of the wonderfully gracious New Zealanders. Because this was an England triumph of which Andrew Strauss, the original brain of England & # 39; s mission to finally win the World Cup, believed it was written in the stars. It was their time.
How can anyone come to a different conclusion if you look at the key moments of that high point of four years of white ball planning that the best limited-overs team has created in England's history?
If then Trent Boult, usually the safest of the field players, inexplicably switched to the rope for the Warner Stand in the penultimate to get Ben Stokes and his most crucial hand of six?
How about in the final when Guptill & # 39; s pitch, in an attempt to stop a second run in England, deflected the outstretched bat of a diving and completely unconscious Stokes and for four costly overthrows?
And the fact that England got six, so it really should have been five because the batsmen had not crossed over when Guptill launched his pitch?
No one, it seemed, knew the law, with the possible exception of commentator and New Zealand Smith, who recently admitted that he wished he wished he had doubts about the legitimacy of the & # 39; six & # 39; in the sky.
& # 39; It may have just triggered a reaction from the third referee, & # 39; Smith smiled.
Doesn't matter. This is perishing as one of the best days in England's cricket history; the day Roy and Buttler combined together for the decisive run-out, but the key figures were two players who embody the diverse nature of the game.
Stokes and Jofra Archer couldn't be any different: Stokes was born in Christchurch into a proud Kiwi family and Archer to convert to his father's land instead of his native West Indies.
They are now both fully committed English heroes and will perish in our cricket folklore as the most responsible men for making history.
What an introduction to international cricket Archer last summer. Captain Eoin Morgan put some faith in him by asking him to defend 15 in that Super Over and win the World Cup.
& # 39; Whatever happens in this section does not determine your career & # 39 ;, Stokes told Archer as England went on the field for those last six balls. The restored talisman of England knows everything about last-heartaches after his punishment in the hands of Carlos Brathwaite at the end of the 2016 World Twenty20 final.
He didn't want Archer to be so early in what a golden career seems to be predetermined, but Stokes need not worry. Archer, cool and calculated, was in control.
Morgs said & # 39; just put yourself back & # 39 ;, says Archer. "He never told me which ball to throw over it. He left it to me. I just supported myself to get it. & # 39;
And he nailed it despite a bad start to the Super Over. "I don't think the wide from the first ball was wide," says Archer.
often I often look back on the replay and I still don't think it was a broad film. I asked Morgs to rate it! But I was calm. When they hit a six, I thought they would probably win. I just had to get (Jimmy) Neesham off the hook.
"It took longer than I wanted, but we finally got there. Neesham was probably the only one who would hurt me. For Guptill, he should have been a terrible ball to hit me for six. I could throw that ball with my eyes closed. & # 39;
Then two were needed for New Zealand in addition to the last ball.
I thought that J-Roy would mess it up because he had already found one confused. But he attacked the ball and placed his throw. He didn't want to overthrow it. That shows how much it meant for everyone – nobody wanted to ruin it. & # 39;
Nobody messed it up, certainly not Archer. But the only man who did even more than he did to win it was player of the Stokes game. How close he was to less than two years earlier to destroy his own career by getting involved in a fight in Bristol.
What a redemption this was, although Stokes insists that that word never came to mind in a summer when he was an integral part of two miracles and followed his World Cup triumph with even more incredible achievements to the Headingley Ashes test to win.
& # 39; You can't do that, Ben Stokes & # 39 ;, commentator Nasser Hussain said when this shamefully gifted cricket player took a superlative kick in England & # 39; s first world cup match against South Africa.
Now he was the most important man in their pursuit as England, frustrated by a slow pitch that was at odds with their aggressive approach and completely denied the idea of home advantage, threatening to ruin everything.
At 86 for four in the 24th over all that planning and all those record-breaking dazzling achievements of the past four years, it seemed to count for nothing, with New Zealand favorites to claim their first World Cup.
Enter Stokes and Buttler, the two most naturally talented of the stars of England, to stabilize the ship and the hen takes the team close to the finish for more twists.
Stokes describes the most important moments in his book On Fire: My Story of England & # 39 ; s Summer to Remember, written with Sportsmail & # 39; s Richard Gibson.
First, the border deviation of Boult. & # 39; I just couldn't believe what had just happened & # 39 ;, Stokes writes about the moment Boult stepped on the rope when he caught the English talisman & # 39; & # 39 ;.
& # 39; In a period of half a dozen seconds I had disappeared from the deflation of seeing the World Cup disappear from our grasp for a renewed hope that we could still get hold of the trophy. & # 39;
Then there was that erratic deflection before the border. "I couldn't believe it when I felt the ball hit my outstretched bat completely," Stokes writes.
"As I looked up, I saw the MCC members bouncing up and down on their feet in front of their pavilions, yellow and red bands willing to go four extra runs. Part of me was too much, but one thought penetrated my mind when I got down on my knees – "You're kidding."
& # 39; One of the stories that emerged in the aftermath was that I asked umpire Kumar Dharmasena for the four casualties from the deflection and count the two runs before the battle. Nice story, but it's just not true.
& # 39; I kept my hands on my knees and apologized to Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, but the only conversation I had with the officials was to check if there would be a Super Over in the event of a tie. & # 39;
There was a Super Over and there was another draw. If that happens again in a main game – and can there really be two draws in the same game? – the teams just get another Super Over and then another
But the rules of this tournament gave the trophy to Morgan & # 39; s team and there was some satisfaction in England that won on the border.
After all, their power-hitting was the most striking factor in their rise from shame at the 2015 World Cup to trophy winners this time.
The aftermath could have been the perfect time for Captain Morgan to turn out: a limited version of Sir Alastair Cook's perfect test exit at the Oval a year earlier. After all, there are not many sports stars that can stand out so high.
But understandably Morgan chose to pursue the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia and possibly that in India for a year next year. later
But even if he wins them both, nothing can ever match that July seismic day when all the white ball dreams of England came true.