Wow! Wow! Wow!
Supposedly to reduce stress on the medical system from alcohol-related issues — so that they have MORE capacity to fight COVID-19.
Seems pretty drastic & dramatic.
Appears they already had a ban earlier this year. I obviously did not hear of that.
Gather the ban was introduced without any lead time so folks cannot stockpile.
I am sure there were those that knew about it & made provisions to make a killing on the blackmarket. I know how South Africa, alas, works.
Just think if this happened here or in the U.K.
I would be screwed without my red wine. SMILE.
Given the amount of cricket I watch, I have seen a lot of teams — and the recent West Indies team readily comes to mind — play horribly. But, the South African performance against Australia in the 1st T20 was beyond comprehension. It was an absolute, bloody abortion. Jesus wept. I nearly did too.
Yes, there is definite Munda Logic — i.e., African thought process, or, in this instance, to be precise, lack of thought process all together. I think the world of Quinton de Kock. But, as captain he is demonstrating what used to be joked about him. He is NO intellectual. He seems utterly lost as captain.
The dropped bloody catches. I have never seen anything like that?
I don’t believe in that mumbo jumbo, but many of them do and is it possible that they think that they are under a Voodoo spell. Sire played like they were under a dark cloud.
Yes, then there is the possibility of CORRUPTION and match-fixing!
What is going on right now is NOT right. Something is very, very WRONG.
I am very upset. I like this team, BUT not when they play like this — like a bunch of teenage girls all having their monthlies at the same time.
This has to do with the 16 hour time difference between Melbourne, Australia and U.S. East Coast. That is a BIG time difference. But, it is still going to be incongruous having a Test match being played on Christmas day — even if it is at 7pm at night. That said, I will probably watch it.
Since I can watch Indian cricket (via the garbage ‘Hotstar’) I have seen Mayank Agarwal score 583 Test runs in 5-innings over the last 2 months — 4 against South Africa and one against Bangladesh. That is a lot of runs and included 2 double centuries, 215 against South Africa & 243 against Bangladesh. True that these were not against the stellar of sides — South Africa right now playing like girls and Bangladesh isn’t exactly known for its firepower.
His Test stats are impressive: 8 innings, 6 of which were over 50.
Yes, in time bowlers, carefully studying the videos, will work out his weaknesses. But, for now he is dynamite to watch.
Some of hitting, once he was past 150 was amazing — breathtaking. I was in awe.
He is exciting to watch.
Just wanted to share this with you since many of you may not get a chance to see the India v Bangladesh series.
I Totally & Utterly DESPISE Indian ‘Hotstar’ — It’s Coverage Of Cricket Test Matches Is Beyond Atrocious.
I have said it before,
I will say it again.
Bloody Hotstar has NO IDEA
about covering cricket.
BIGGEST four complaints.
- Has headlines telling you what happened, i.e., the bloody score. So, there is no excitement. You know what has happened BEFORE watching anything. So, bloody Indian, so bloody stupid.
- Only has a 14-minute highlight package. YOU cannot condense 6 hours of Test cricket into 14-minutes. It is just like the premature ejaculations that Indian men are renowned for!
- The bloody 14-minute highlights are only in Hindi.
- Bloody, ignorant Hindi commentators have NO bloody idea what ‘clean bowled‘ means. I guess it just sounds cool to them. So, you can hear them yelling and having their premature ejaculations shouting ‘clean bowled‘ when it was played on. Played on is NOT ‘clean bowled’. Stupid idiots.
Rabada & Philander hardly bowled a single venomous bouncer between them in their combined 46-overs. It was pathetic. Rohit Sharma can be susceptible to good bouncers early on. He is a compulsive hooker and puller. So, what did these two clowns do, they just kept on giving him good-length balls.
You are allowed one bouncer per over and it is worth the no-ball to stick another in.
What has happened to cricket? Bloody helmets.
But, how many bouncers did we see. NOT MANY.
Yes, I came of edge, with the West Indies 1976 — 1980s. Bouncers were the stock in trade.
South Africa would have done so much better if they peppered the Indian batsman with at least one bouncer an over.
I am very fond of the South Africans. But, they are driving me to distraction.
They have to reexamine their game and attitude towards it.
Good News For BUSY Rugby Fans, 17-Minute Highlights Of 2019 World Cup Matches, In HD, Available On YouTube (FREE).
Given that NBC holds the U.S. broadcast right for the 2019 World Cup I did not expect to see much on YouTube.
I was pleasantly surprised. NBC, for a change, is being NICE. Yes, they are but 17-minute HIGHLIGHTs but it is in HD and appears to capture what is needed. Yes, it does leave you feeling a bit lost and empty at times, but it is better than nothing.
To be honest, I am quite cool with this. I do NOT have time to watch a full 90-100 minute game — not with my writing and also watching cricket! So, this suits I.
They, big, brawny and formidable are the ideal troop to do this.
This, at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, ongoing right now, is good. Can’t say it is classic, but it is good. This was the first ‘Haka’ of this World Cup. The New Zealand team will do a ‘Haka’ at the start of each game.
It is, actually, a TRIBUTE to their opponents! Not a challenge. It is honoring them before the battle commences. A very nice gesture. This ‘Haka’ was for the South Africans (in green).
Look at the size of one of the players who stands up and walks to the front. I used to play rugby and would have hated to come up against that guy. He is HUGE.
Search ‘haka‘ there a LOT of posts on ‘hakas’.
Three matches rained off ALREADY and they are expecting MORE rain this week — never mind the two weeks ahead.
I gather no other ICC Cricket World Cup had 3 matches abandoned due to rain.
There is one thing that we all know: it RAINS in England. That was a given. Arranging this tournament without a rain-day provision was ludicrous. It is going to distort the rankings and thus make a mockery of the whole World Cup.
Sri Lanka is racking up more points thanks to the rain than they were likely to get by playing these games.
West Indies could suffer.
South Africa is doomed, methinks.
This is CRAZY. I am NOT happy. Plus, I haven’t seen any cricket in 2-day! Yikes. Having withdrawals!
DO NOT get me wrong. I THINK THE WORLD OF Amla. One of the GREATEST cricketers ever.
But, that was then, and this is now and we are in the midst of a World Cup.
He is at sea against pace. His reaction time is shot. I understand. My reaction time, in cricket, always was what Amla’s is now.
Hate to see him struggling. You can see it in his eyes. The twinkle has gone.
But, South Africa, after losing 3-games out of 3, is unlikely to get very far in the Cup. So, maybe keep him on. Let this be his swan song. South Africa, I think, are done.