(Blogger’s note – something amazing happened in the cricket last week. 3 players scored centuries, including an incredible 329 not out from our captain, Michael Clarke. Vindication, redemption, triumph – it’s all there…
I felt that this needed some kind of recognition in this forum, but as I didn’t see a single ball of his innings, adding to the disappointments of missing an epic AFL Grand Final, NBA Finals Series and a WrestleMania featuring The Rock (!), I wasn’t exactly the right person for the job.
Enter again, ‘West Australian’ sports journalist Craig O’Donoghue, who definitely knows his footy, better than anyone I know, and is into his cricket too!
Here’s his take on what transpired at the SCG last week.)
What’s the best pizza you’ve ever eaten? Who is your best friend? What is the best holiday you’ve ever experienced?
They’re all relatively simple questions. Now, was Michael Clarke’s 329 against India last week the best batting display by an Australian? Was it the best in test cricket history?
They’re much tougher questions and ones I’ve been asked by many people and seen many people ask their friends since Clarke’s scored his magical triple ton against India last week.
My instant reaction was – that’s one of the best performances I’ve seen, especially considering it was against India.
After all, I was at the WACA when Matthew Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe. They’re a cricketing minnow. India are a powerhouse. (Blogger’s note – I had my first day off teaching due to illness that day [it was legit!] and Hayden’s innings was the most pure, lethal display of hitting I have ever seen.)
But further inspection proves that generalisations should never be made when assessing or ranking greatness. If you’re going to attempt to rank super human feats, you need to do so with facts first.
I was stunned to discover how inept India’s bowling attack actually is. Read the rest of this entry