Thursday, June 26, 2008
Well, the Black Caps got up for a thrilling last-ball win over the English at the Oval in London last night, and cannot be beaten in the one-day series. But that's not the BIG story of the match - Cricinfo gives the low-down on the controversial runout of all-rounder Grant Elliott.
Here's my take on it. I lay no blame with Ryan Sidebottom; his collision with Elliott was entirely accidental. I lay no blame with the umpires, especially Mark Benson of England, who gave Paul Collingwood the opportunity to withdraw the appeal. Once Collingwood chose not to do that, Benson had no alternative under the Laws of the Game but to send Elliott on his way. I am critical of Collingwood, who, I am sure, would do things differently in the same set of circumstances. But he didn't this morning. For those who wish to compare this with the runout of Muralidharan last year, I believe there is no comparison - Murali made an error of judgement leaving his ground while the ball was alive.
That's not the end of Collingwood's troubles though. Cricinfo also reports that he has been found guilty of a slow over rate violation, and faces a four-ODI ban, this being his second offence It would seem that justice has been done!