There is so much great sport on at the moment it will be a shame if this season's Twenty20 competition goes by with out being noticed.
At the time of writing, we have played two games in the competition and it has been quite noticeable that the crowds have been smaller than last year. By the time you read this, we'll have played our first game of the Twenty20 season at New Road. In the past the ground has been full and there has been a great atmosphere. For those interested, the notable absentees will be the hot tubs which, along with the temporary beach, looked so good down at fine leg.
The introduction of Twenty20 cricket has certainly proved to be a huge success. It has given cricket the lift it was looking for and it's no surprise that a Twenty20 World Cup has been announced for later next year. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we saw several more tournaments organised in places like Dubai.
I still haven't made my mind up how much I enjoy the competition. I know I don't enjoy it when I get out early. There is so much cricket played under pressure and it's not often you get a chance to swing freely. If you're out early, you miss all the fun through the rest of the innings.
It is strange how quickly you feel the pressure of not scoring a run, especially early on in the innings when the fielding restrictions are in place. It's easy to make the mistake of playing an extravagant shot too early. As sides are getting better at playing this format I think you require a minimum of 175 to have a chance.
It's much harder for the bowlers, though. I wouldn't like to have to bowl in Twenty20. But there's no doubt that the competition is making bowlers think on their feet and develop new skills.
I think that for a bowler to go for 25 to 30 runs in his spell of four overs is good. You can see that bowlers are trying to come up with the best formula, but with even their best ball being able to find an edge and run down for four it is very hard.
Sides are improving all the time. They're no longer concerned about chasing eight to ten an over in the last few overs, and it does make for an exciting competition.
The margins of victory are getting closer as people are becoming more adept at playing this game. There are always going to be one or two outstanding performances to snatch a victory but with the game being so short, I think it evens the teams up no matter how many match-winning players you have on your side.
With that in mind, I think the biggest influence that Twenty20 will have on our cricket is in the field. As the victory margins get closer I firmly believe that the side that fields the better on the day will win the game.
If you are able to save five runs in the field through saving twos or the odd great diving stop then it puts extra pressure on the opposition. It can often lead to them making sloppy mistakes and it can quite easily mean the difference between ten runs being shaved off the total.
There is not much room for error so the basic disciplines need to be executed efficiently. England will certainly be focusing on this after the series against Sri Lanka as I believe that has been their downfall.
So while bowlers develop their skills of control and variation and batsmen become more innovative in their stroke play, it is important that, this is matched by the concentration and anticipation in the field.
I believe the competition has been a huge success on and off the field and I hope it continues. If any sport is going to thrive it needs the interest at the grass roots level and that is exactly what this competition is providing.
After the farce of the World Cup refereeing, it is time to use modern technology and take certain decisions to a third adjudicator. There should also be the opportunity to review matches and punish players for professional fouls after the game whether they were seen by the referee at the time or not.
If you look at both forms of rugby, you see the most confrontational of sports but also the most disciplined. By using technology and a review system a great deal of the tension that builds on the field due to inconsistent decision-making could be diffused.
On that note, I wish England all the best against Portugal. Let's hope that it is not a game remembered for a bad refereeing decision.
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