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Jun 4, 2006
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And the shame about it all is that the cricket we love, test cricket, is over by January 6.
Those of us who don't watch BBL have felt the cricket void acutely since the end of the Tests.

I'll admit to watching one match as Samit Patel was going to play some games at my club and went as far as coming to training two weeks ago, but it's fallen through. Nice enough fella, no arrogance at all.
 
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jb03

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Those of us who don't watch BBL have felt the cricket void acutely since the end of the Tests.
On the TGSTW podcast about Australia A, Mark Taylor remembered fondly the old season format with tests interspersed with ODI's, and thought it actually made for better cricket as it allowed teams to re-group after a loss. The last test would often be in February.

With the Big Bash, that sort of format may not be possible i suppose.
 

Tigers of Old

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But T20 was the future of cricket?

I've hardly watched any of cricket this season. Used to be my go to but have completely lost interest.
 
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tigertim

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On the TGSTW podcast about Australia A, Mark Taylor remembered fondly the old season format with tests interspersed with ODI's, and thought it actually made for better cricket as it allowed teams to re-group after a loss. The last test would often be in February.

With the Big Bash, that sort of format may not be possible i suppose.
I thought the reason they put the formats into their respective format blocks ie tests and ODIs was because the players hated chopping and changing of the format and the squads.
 

TigerForce

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:mhihi Their finals record is even worse than Scumwood. At least Scumwood can occasionally win one.

Maxwell out now. He was the final hope. All over now.
What happened to those breathing coaches Eddie recruited?

Once a choker, always a choker
 
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I thought the reason they put the formats into their respective format blocks ie tests and ODIs was because the players hated chopping and changing of the format and the squads.
I recall someone joining his captain at the crease with his team in trouble in a ODI and asking if they should play for a draw.
 
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tigertim

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The Stars record in finals (2-8) is Geelong like.

only 13,285 at the game. As I mentioned earlier BBL attendances are waning but this one is particularly bad.
 

tigertim

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Good to see the Stars win a final but only 13000 turned up. CA have made a mess yet again with the BBL scheduling, A by having the competition dragging along and losing interest and momentum then B scheduling a final on a school Thursday night when apparently BBL is primarily for kids and families.

Hopefully for everyone’s sake they finally fix this next summer.
 
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MD Jazz

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Good to see the Stars win a final but only 13000 turned up. CA have made a mess yet again with the BBL scheduling, A by having the competition dragging along and losing interest and momentum then B scheduling the final on a school Thursday night when apparently BBL is primarily for kids and families.

Hopefully for everyone’s sake they finally fix this next summer.
Too long a season. Too many games. When will they learn less is more?
 
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The other way to look at it is 13,000 is a pretty good crowd for a domestic competition.
It's practically the only game in town. They were only up against Keith Urban. Probably get more to the AFLW tonight at the homely setting of Princes Park.

Obviously needs change and it'll be interesting to see what decisions are made for next season.
 

Baloo

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I see Croc Media are somehow involved with the BBL this year. Would explain why the product has turned to ****
 

jb03

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I see Croc Media are somehow involved with the BBL this year. Would explain why the product has turned to ****
Last year was the big change and the biggest mistake.

Should finish on the Australia Day weekend with each team playing 8 games (as it may have been originally). One game a night always starting at the same time too.
 

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It's practically the only game in town. They were only up against Keith Urban. Probably get more to the AFLW tonight at the homely setting of Princes Park.

Obviously needs change and it'll be interesting to see what decisions are made for next season.
Yes. They did. More people at Round 1 AFLW at Princes Park than at the BBL Preliminary Final at the MCG.
Who would have thought that that night a few years ago when they got 80K to a Stars v Renegades game? Even if it was Richmond's first ever match.
That should rattle a few cages down at Cricket Hall.

And yes it will be very interesting what happens to the BBL in the coming years.
It doesn't matter how much "entertainment" you try to sell the game as, they can never overcome the one essential pitfall it has, and that's that nobody cares about the result. It's a fair bet even the players don't. You only have to look at the faces of the likes of the fringe Test players who'd rather be wearing white (e.g. Khawaja) to know that.
I couldn't give a toss about AFLW but if I'd thought about it, I probably care much more about Richmond winning that than how the Stars or Renegades go.
 
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tigerman

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And so it continues, the Stars needing 117 off 12 overs are 4/27 after 6 overs.

Where's that photo off McGuire:))
 

craig

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Can never see that photo plastered on forum boards of McChins enough it means that things have gone to **** for the Maggots or Stars.

Hopefully I get to see that photo many times over the next few months.
 
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