Yes, I had seen that catch and it does raise a question or two. It is MCC’s opinion that the catch is legal for 2 reasons.
Firstly, although the fielder starts moving before the ball reaches the striker, it is arguable that the movement is not significant. In a (brilliant) act of anticipation, he is readying himself to move to his left which actually starts with him moving his left leg slightly to the right, ie in the opposite direction to that which he eventually runs. This is to give him the “springboard” to set off to his left. If you freeze the clip at the right moment at 16 seconds, there is a frame where the ball has clearly already been played by the batsman but the fielder’s left boot is visible at the top of the screen still in line with the white line that has been painted as a guide for wides for the umpire. If you then check back to his original position, it is only about a foot or two different.
Secondly, the movement by the fielder is purely as a result of the shot selected by the striker. He only decides to move once it is clear that a sweep shot is being attempted. It would probably be wrong for such anticipation to be outlawed. A similar act of anticipation, although for a different reason, is when the silly point turns away when the striker is shaping up for a square cut. Both of these are very different from, for example, square leg moving back 20 paces as the bowler runs in, or moving from in front of square to behind square. This is the main intention of the Law although you are also correct that the movement should not distract the striker (also covered by Law 42.4)
Nobody could deny that it was a wonderful piece of anticipation and skill by the fielder and the Laws should not seek to forbid such acts.
I hope that this clarifies the Laws for you
Fraser Stewart Laws & Universities Manager Marylebone Cricket Club
Both catches are similar, although Van Jaarsveld's comes quicker off the bat. It would have been interesting if the umpires had ruled Steve Smith's catch illegal.
During todays' lunch break in the cricket Ashley Mallett was giving a spot of coaching to an Under 17 hopeful:
"Just reach high and chuck it up there like Muralitharan"
Don't forget to bend your arm.
At the time, given Cricket Australia's and Nine's determination to shy away from anything remotely resembling controversy (and indeed Tawny's determination to preserve his commentary work on the subcontinent), it was possible to misconstrue Ashley Mallett's comment as a mere faux pas. Not any more:
World cricket's delayed action to enforce the law against throwing has given rise to a generation of spinners who can't bowl legally, according to a leading Australian spin coach, John Davison.
"I was in Sri Lanka a couple of months ago and 90 per cent of the bowlers over there bowl spin. I reckon 90 per cent of kids coming through would have what I would call an illegal action."
Davison accompanied Nathan Lyon and a national performance squad to Colombo to work with Muthiah Muralidaran in June.
I take it Davison has had an ironectomy. Who is the biggest spin hero on the subcontinent? Who is the spinner most emulated? The bloke he is working with. Surely at least 90% of the 90% of kids coming through with illegal action have copied Murali?
Under previous conditions you would expect Steve O'Keefe to be about to issue a Professional Apology for telling chuckers to piss off, but given the current clampdown it would appear players may be freer to speak out.
Then again, it has been suggested O'Keefe has not been picked more often for national honours because he has a tendency to speak out so perhaps he always shoots from the lip:
Steve O'Keefe admits he feels little sympathy for suspended Pakistan counterpart Saeed Ajmal, welcoming the International Cricket Council's crackdown on chuckers he believes are "taking the piss".
"I think originally when the laws came in you were allowed zero degrees. They brought in 15 degrees to give blokes that leeway. If you go past it in my mind you've been given a little bit of room and you're going past that 15 degrees you're taking the piss."
"The rules are in place for a reason and all throughout the game guys will try and push the rules to a certain point, but I think once you step over that line you have to pay the price, whatever that is at ICC level. It's not fair, to be honest.
I'm glad that they're not going further with it ...15 degrees is enough. It should be zero, really. You should be trying to bowl with a straight arm."
The NSW left-arm orthodox was a teammate of Murali's in the Indian Premier League three years ago and is keen to resume contact with the Sri Lankan, who has been hired by Australia to train batsmen to face spin as well as mentor spinners.
"I worked with Murali when I was at Kochi for six weeks. He was good in that environment because he was playing and you could chat to him and see how he went about his business."
A month ago, after a Test match in Sri Lanka, Ajmal was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action by two Test umpires, one of whom, Bruce Oxenford, is Australian. Ajmal was brought to have his action examined by biomechanists at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia. And now he has been suspended from all cricket, two weeks before Pakistan plays its next Test series – in the UAE, against Australia.
Mind you, I would be keen to have a little wager with perennial AGB fave, Malcolm Knox:
What would be even bigger news is when the law comes down on a bowler from Australia, England or India. Of those so far caught in the ICC's crackdown, all belong to the nations now designated "second-tier". The big test will come when a bowler with a suspect action plays for one of the big three.
Australia has had its dodgy actions too - as my headache in repeating that testifies; Sideshow Roy Symonds is lucky he does not play anymore - but I will eat my bat if an Aussie bowler with an action anything like Ajmal's gets anywhere near the Test team.
To echo Carrot's sentiment: "42° - what the hell?" I thought it was more like 82°. Well, 62°:
"An independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's offspinner Saeed Ajmal to be illegal and, as such, the player has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations."
It's one thing to rail against a rort, it's another to have your railing confirmed.
At this rate if they keep knocking off rank actions, I will have to find something else to complain about. (But I'm sure I'm up to the task.)
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has said he hasn't forgiven Australia captain Michael Clarke for what he considered to be a personal sledge during the Newlands Test earlier this year.
The modern rush to spin everything has attempted to obscure the obvious fact that sportsman and women sometimes just don't like each other. And while sporties hating each other is probably sub-optimal, it certainly adds a frisson of excitement to to a contest.
Meg Lanning, the Australian women's captain, will take a big step into a male bastion this summer when she joins the Channel Nine commentary team.
Lanning's commentary will no doubt run into the same static as Kellie Underwood's stint on Ten footy. Some will bag her outright for being a girl - "what would sheeee know" - but many more will try to couch their criticism (envy) in disingenuous terms. "She doesn't read the game," was a common refrain among fellow commentators at assorted media outlets. Really, though, it was a turf war. She had the gig, mates of mates wanted the gig.
Underwood was not my cup of tea, but, how many commentators are? How many read the game? How many commentators tell you something you don't know? There is a dreadful lack of depth in Australian commentary. Underwood was no better or worse than 90% of the other footy commentators. There are maybe half a dozen who stand out, but several dozen more who are mere noise.
Will Lanning be better than Slatts, Heals, Braysh, Tubbs, Sumptuous and the rest of Nine's wacky funsters, suck-ups and shills. All of them showed promise until they were infected by Nine's signature style: oaf. And what of Favelli? He's a fantastic cricket person and talks a lot of sense about the caper, but stick him in the Nine box... wouldn't it be great if Lanning fired up the crusty old grump.
My one caveat would be Lanning's age. She seems young to be talking to the cricket public about cricket. Sexism is a given, 22 invites ageism. But then querulous oldsters are not Nine's target demographic for the Barby Cup.
What is just as interesting as the ICC's apparent clamp-down on chucking, is the ICC's concomitant opinion of the rubber stamps at UWA:
Primarily, the ICC is unhappy with the biomechanics lab at the University of Western Australia in Perth, where bowlers with suspect actions have usually been sent for testing and correction. The ICC is not convinced that the lab's testing procedures are rigorous enough, at least to the standards they want. They are unhappy that not enough of the bowlers reported and then tested in recent years have been found to possess suspect actions.
Sky Sports commentator Strauss, believing he was off the air in a break in play during the Lord's bicentenary match between MCC and the Rest of the World, reportedly described Pietersen as a c--- to fellow commentator Nick Knight.
Bloody hell, Lou Vincent. That's not how it is supposed to go.
I was taken in context? I am sorry I offended everyone? I have not been misquoted?
You are supposed hire a public relations outfit (he probably did that one), spread the blame, optical illusions, corrupt cops, vindicated when others are also caught, my mother did it, the supplements did it, everyone does it, fall guy, scape goat, victim of rank injustice, weasel words, heavily legalled:
"My name is Lou Vincent and I am a cheat. I have abused my position as a professional sportsman on a number of occasions by choosing to accept money through fixing. I have shamed my country. I have shamed my sport. I have shamed those close to me. For that I am not proud. I lost faith in myself and the game. I abused the game I love."
The technology for in-game testing is almost upon us, but it will be blocked by the usual suspects. But if the ICC ever has the balls to implement it, then several careers will instantly end, and records will have to be erased if they are serious. That's why it will never be permitted.
But the truth is that one day it will simply be possible for anyone to run a video image through a computer and do it themselves. When that day comes it will be very, very embarrassing indeed for some bowlers and cricket boards.
Jumping to conclusions between the lines, I suspect the ICC knows it.
The ICC chief executives committee meeting in Melbourne as part of the governing body's annual conference, recommended that ICC management review the current process for reporting, assessing and clearing suspect bowling actions, while also suggesting that wider powers may need to be applied to allow the monitoring of suspect actions beyond the end of formal testing.
"The message out of the cricket committee was there's enough bowlers with suspect actions that should be being scrutinised, that probably haven't been," Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager of cricket, said. "By scrutinised, it just means they're being tested whenever there are concerns raised. At this stage, it's been pretty quiet for a couple of years. The cricket committee was of the view there are some bowlers operating with suspect actions that should be scrutinised a bit more closely."
June 16 Footy Classified discussed the Essendon supplements saga. Craig Hutchison and Caroline Wilson were in broad agreement the 34 players should cop the six months on offer.
Hutchy (3.23): "Is there not a really strong case here for the players to take plea bargain deals?"
Hutchy (7.40): "No one remembers the bans to Shane Warne for 12 months."
Hutchy (7.47): "This won't be a stain on any of their careers."
Hutchy (7.55): "Take the deal!"
Ignore the obvious contradiction within Hutchy's first comment - if no one remembers Warne's drugs ban (singular, Hutchy), how can Hutchy remember it? (No doubt Hutchy is no one to some of you; especially in the unfootified states.) Ignore Hutchy's non sequitur - it does not follow the Bombers should take the hit because no one will remember it. It may be a lot to ask to ignore those loops of logic, but implicit to Hutchy's non seq. is the Bomber-Warne comparison: EVERYONE would remember an Essendon ban, just as EVERYONE remembers Warne's ban. It is impossible to have a discussion about Warne's career without someone mentioning his drugs ban (or his John the bookie scandal, or etc, et al, and the rest). Warne's misdemeanours are cricket's version of Godwin's Law: that is, if a cricket discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Warne's shenanigans. Hutchy is mad if he thinks a drug penalty will not be a stain on the Essendon players' reputations.
Suspect actions can be deliberate but they can also be functions of the mechanics of human bodies we do not understand. Could anyone have imagined that a study would find 99% of bowlers in cricket straighten their arm to some degree?
An action with an accidental irregularity (speed wobble) is far less problematic than an action with an intentional bending (doosra).
Also, no mention of the inconvenient truth that Murali's action was indeed a chuck and did indeed exceed 15° and was not a racist optical illusion since Murali already had a bent arm.
The great Muttiah Muralitharan, clad in an Australian team-issue shirt, has been teaching Nathan Lyon to bowl a delivery that can go the other way in a powerful demonstration of how old grudges have been discarded in Australia's desperation to solve its spin problems.
Muralitharan, the most successful bowler in the history of Test cricket and the most famous exponent of the doosra, has been hired as a coaching consultant for the Test and limited-overs series against Pakistan in October.
But he won't teach the Australian Test spinner the doosra, instead focusing on the carrom ball that is practised by Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin and released with a snapping of the middle finger and thumb. It is easier to teach the carrom ball to a classical finger spinner such as Lyon.
The first series of England’s new era ended in acrimonious defeat, as Alastair Cook exchanged words with his opposing captain, Angelo Mathews, in the middle and then accused Sri Lanka of “crossing the line” for refusing to withdraw an appeal against Jos Buttler after he had been run out for stealing a yard at the non-striker’s end.
Okay, non sequitur. Sachithra Senanayake did not Mankad anyone the last time his action was questioned:
Suspicions had previously been raised about the legality of his action during a 2011 tour of England, with the Sri Lanka A team. Senanayake had then worked to remedy his action with Sri Lankan coaches, after which he underwent biomechanical testing in Perth. Those tests found his bowling to be within the legal limits.
Oh, and the Mankad? It wasn't Sri Lanka who crossed the line, it was Jos Buttler. Buttler is a goose.
By "got in trouble" I naturally mean, Pakistan kicked up a stink. Not sure if Broad has yet been forced into a "sorry if I offended anyone, I was taken out of context" heartfelt apology (read from a piece of paper), but I assume one is coming. No word on whether Pakistan are similarly pressing for clarification from Michael Vaughan, whose tweet - “You are allowed 15 degrees of flex in your delivery swing…. #justsaying.” - prompted Broad's comment.
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, fresh from witnessing major American sporting events, will urge Cricket Australia to invest more in entertainment at matches to attract new non-traditional fans to the game.
“The one thing I’ve learnt from being here is that Americans do sports better than any other country I’ve ever experienced. The whole time you’re there is pure entertainment. Even if you don’t follow that sport, you will have a great time because there’s so many other things going on around the event that make you want to go back. That’s something I will take back to Australia and Cricket Australia.”
Serious question: can you remember even one instance of memorably good "entertainment" - as opposed to the Batmobile, Meatloaf, Billy Idol power failure, etc - at an Australian sporting event? Idea! Australia should make intentionally bad entertainment, which may accidentally end up good. It's what we are best at. Sorted.
Warnie's gone mad with cute photos on Instagram - "SHANE Warne has developed a disturbing obsession with cute animals. Particularly lions. They invariably come with nauseating captions, most of which include the word 'Awwwww', accompanied by far too many exclamation marks" - but he left out one photo:
According to the Herald Sun's Antony Pinshaw, the Shane Warne's Warnifesto was initially treated as a bit of a joke "but fast-forward about 14 months and several of Warne’s forecasts have remarkably come true, while others appear on the cusp of turning from pipe dreams into reality."
There is a great deal of competition for the lowest point in the history of English cricket. They have been defeated by Ireland and Netherlands, bowled out by a chicken farmer in Zimbabwe and whitewashed by India, West Indies and Australia. They were even knocked out of the World Cup they hosted in 1999 before the theme song was released.
But defeat at the hands of Netherlands - the second time they have lost to them in two meetings following the result in the 2009 World T20 at Lord's - in Chittagong ranks among the worst of England's defeats. In a winter stuffed with setbacks and disappointment, England left the most ignominious moment until last. The term double-dutch has rarely seemed so appropriate.
Why is Nasser Hussain unaware of how run outs work? "The elbow's okay, isn't it, Nick?" Surely you still have to hit the ball on the stumps with the ball in your hand.
I’d never bowled in full sleeves before, so I wanted to see how it would feel to bowl in full sleeves. That’s point number one. And I just wanted to see if I can get more revs on the ball if I could do little bit with my elbow – as much as there is. That’s what it was all about. I don’t know, you can tend to get a lot of advantage doing all these things. So why should I lag behind in the advantage when somebody else is getting a competitive edge?