Sports voice, Jim Wilson, was on 3AW the other day. "Shane Warne has been a revelation in the Nine commentary box this summer," raved Jimbo, who has never thought a big idea that he can't turn into a bigger statement. Precisely what, exactly, Jim based his assessment on is anyone's guess. What Russ wrote during the Second Test...
Warne comes in and says "he looked really good", yet, if Warne was bowling and a batsman was hitting everything in the air on the off-side, he'd be very confident of getting him out. It's just bizarre.
... is a pretty fair example of the gear tendered by Shane during the summer: the obvious, the wrong, the pat on the back of a mate. Chuck in assorted jokes at the expense of the other commentators, and that's pretty much all she wrote, or in this case, all he said. In short: he fit right in.
In today's paper Herald Sun - if you want the full gist of a point, ask which one, and I'll put it in the comments - Shane makes an interesting list of twenty key T20 tactics:
- Wickets in the first six overs.
- Bowling to a plan.
- First and last balls of every over.
- If bowling is your strength - bowl.
- Take you key bowlers off if the don't get a wicket in the first over.
- Don't get slow batsmen out.
- Bowl bouncers instead of full tosses.
- Best fielders in the deep.
- Never bowl the same ball twice in an over.
- 150 runs is par.
- Aim for 60 runs in the first six overs.
- But, don't go too hard, too early.
- Ignore strike rates, focus on individual balls.
- Don't premeditate shots.
- Keep a pinch hitter up your sleeve.
- Pick the perfect make-up for T20 side. "I don't know what it is yet, but I'll get back to you."
- Target opposition bowlers.
- Think on your feet.
- Every fielder must pay close attention to the captain.
- Three second chill. Whenever you feel rushed, buy time. "Ask how many balls are left."
Will we see any of that tonight?