Posted by: tootingtrumpet | May 17, 2010

The ICC World Twenty20 Champions Report Card

Sir Paul Collingwood, OBE, DLitt.

The Trumpet turns 47 in a couple of weeks time – today he witnessed an England team win a global tournament in a major sport for only the second time (England having won the William Webb Ellis Trophy in 2003 beating, er…, Australia in the Final). Here’s how the Immortals (well, Immortalishes) did their bit for their country’s (okay, one of their parent’s country’s) cause.

Michael Lumb – At 30, a very late call-up to the colours on the back of some IPL experience (not that IPL experience mattered in this tournament). His job was to biff the new ball and, with England’s best strike rate of 141, he delivered that part of the brief. An average of 19 suggests that the biffing didn’t last long enough to deliver the full spec.

Craig Kieswetter – After Jonathan Trott’s summons for the Ashes decider, the second big call in six months that National Selector, Geoff Millar, got unequivocally right. Hit 11 sixes, but played circumspectly when conditions demanded. Man of the Match in the Final, after taking 25 off ten balls as England seized the initiative halfway through their innings. His keeping is still mechanical, but an acrobatic catch and smart run-out shows potential. He is 22!

KP – Poor shots to the balls that got him out, but world-class shots to all the other deliveries. Man of the Tournament despite going home for the birth of his first child. After losing the captaincy and spending long periods injured in 2009, he is back with a bang and strutting like he did when he had a skunk on his head. For a man often said to be selfish, he gives everything for his team, not least in the field.

Colly – Looks out of form making centuries, so looked hideous making barely a score over a fortnight’s cricket. Held up The Trophy though, and that’s all he and his team – for his team they most certainly were – will care about.

Eoin Morgan – Started the fortnight with a bang, faded a bit, but finished it with a bang, hitting England out of a stutter in sight of the finish line. Has rare gifts for an England batsman – invention, bat speed and total self-belief. These are rooted in superb balance at the crease which, despite a modest record in domestic cricket, must propel him into the reckoning for ODIs and Tests.

Tim Bresnan – Always seemed to be bowling a tight over when needed and making smart runs when required. Will never look a thoroughbred in any of the game’s three disciplines, but does an invaluable job as the talent plays around him

Luke Wright – Swipes and misses more often than swipes and hits, but offers a hitting option deep in the order and a bowling option that can hit the bat hard. Like Yusuf Pathan, can demolish second-rate attacks, but is soon found out by international class bowling.

Michael Yardy – Must have been surprised to be bowling so often and batting barely at all. All T20 sides seem to require someone to deliver flat darts and Yardy did so, seldom getting collared and with the character needed to come back after big hits and do his job.

Swanny – Must think international cricket is very easy indeed. Took ten wickets at 14 conceding just over a run a ball, with nobody getting after him. Whisper it, but might be the next T20 skipper.

Stuart Broad – Eyebrows narrowing with disgust (his version of McGrath’s chuntering), he resented every run scored off his bowling. His height ensured that he conceded fewer runs than Mitchell Johnson. Needs more wickets to be world class, but is getting there.

Ryan Sidebottom – Even he wouldn’t have expected to have got in ahead of Jimmy Anderson, but he played all seven matches and took ten wickets to boot and even fielded passably. Has a winner’s medal – who’d have thunk it?

Ravi Bopara – Played one match and continued his run of being on the edge of great wins.

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  2. KP for the umpteenth time came good in a big match and Kieswetter too played beautifully. Both like pace don’t they?

    My article on the match

    http://greyblazerr.blogspot.com/2010/05/england-have-finally-done-it.html

  3. I’m going to be really picky here.

    But first let me say that I think England easily deserved the win and it’s great that Colly hit the winning runs as he deserves every bit of glory that comes his way on a sporting plane.

    But this Broad thing conceding less runs than Mitchell Johnson? Aren’t you being a leetle disingenous there?

    Broad econ rate 6.72
    MJ econ rate 6.49

    He bowled less overs than MJ in other words.

    His average, his strike rate and his econ rate all come up short against the mercurial Mr Johnson who had a very good series overall and proved a good pick in a fantasy league.

    If you want to make Broad look better, try comparing him with Watto. In fact compare just about anyone with Watto and they’ll come up trumps.

  4. And one other thing.

    It was a bowler’s tournament which as a bit of a treat for those of us who hates seeing bowlers get the short end of it.

  5. Lou – I was being a little disingenuous yes. But my point is that I sense there was a general feeling amongst Aussies that Nannes, Tait and MJ were blasting through line-ups and that Broad is a pie thrower who occasionally gets lucky. I was very surprised when I looked at the stats and found that they supported my view that you’re usually closer to a four ball from MJ than a wicket-taking ball and that Broad is developing the consistency he needs to be an authentic world class performer. I know I’m comparing him with an all-time great here, but at the same age as Braod is now, GD McGrath had played three Tests and three ODIs. Broad is coming along well.

  6. MJ is usually closer to a 4 ball than a wicket? Aren’t most bowlers like that in 20/20 apart from Gul and Tait? And in this tournament and even before it his econ rate was around 6.6 something.

    I still don’t get your reasoning. His economy rate was/ is excellent. He got hit around less than Nannes.

    I agree Broad is developing well, I am not one of these Aussies (I’m not sure which you are referring to actually, I find English fans slag Broad off more than anyone else) who continually call Broad a pie-chucker. But maybe you know more Aussies than I do. I don’t mean that sarcastically, I’ve lived away from Aus a long time.

    You can compare Broad to who you want. Flintoff and McGrath are frequently brought up in connection to him,, also Sobers and Bopara has been compared to Tendulkar.

    And I’ll say it again, this was a bowler friendly tournament. Which was an excellent thing in my opinion.

    Just out of interest, why do you compare Broad with MJ in particular?

  7. And another thing, what do you think about the talk about Harmison in consideration for the Ashes? Seems very much a backward step to me.

  8. Harmison? he was bowling at about 80 miles per hour in the match against Kent and can’t bowl away from home.

    Of course some would say that his away average isn’t bad but they won’t see that it as only due to him succeeding in Bangla and on some spicy wickets in the Caribbean and that too back in 04.

    At his peak on the bouncy tracks of SA in 05 he averaged 73 and the much maligned Anderson at his peak averaged 34 in SA.

    In his last few series away from home Harmison has some grand averages like 121 and 90.

    Broad still has a long way to go to become a test cricketer as he bowled too short in Bang.

  9. Yes, greyblazer, it just seems like a real backward step for a team on the move.

  10. Leave Sidebotham alone. He was brilliant in the West Indies – I was there in Guyana, St Lucia and Barbados – and he sparked Australia’s collapse at the top of the oder in the final.


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