Thursday, 1 October 2009

The spirit of cricket

This Champions Trophy has been a huge surprise. Of course, it still has no meaning (as previously discussed) but within those confines, it has been a joy. Fantastic individual performances, close finishes and an (almost) complete lack of dead matches - what more could be asked for?

It has even seen a welcome return for the concept of sportsmanship - in this tournament it really has seemed that, for once, it is not just the winning that matters. The photograph above, after Paul Collingwood was reprieved by New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori for wandering out of his crease before the call of 'over', sums it up well.

Grant Elliott said a belief in karma had encouraged the Kiwis to withdraw their runout appeal. 'When we decided to keep him there,' said Elliot, 'I knew it was a matter of time and I told him so next over.” Sure enough, Collingwood was dismissed thanks to a stunning catch by Ross Taylor ... 53 runs and 13 overs later.

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