Runs galore as batsmen shine at World Cup

The Feb. 14-March 29 Cricket World Cup will be staged in New Zealand and Australia for the first time since 1992, when Pakistan won the title.
The Feb. 14-March 29 Cricket World Cup will be staged in New Zealand and Australia for the first time since 1992, when Pakistan won the title. AP Photo - Eranga Jayawardena

JUST when you think you've seen it all in cricket, you get reminded that the grand game always has something else up its sleeve.

An earlier column this season made the suggestion that with the way the game is accelerating in regards to batting, the day could one day come around when a batsman scores 300 in a one-day game, or 150 in a T20 match.

And then the World Cup started.

Scores over 400, batsmen getting 150 plus with overs to spare, ramp shots and reverse sweeps, batters lining up outside off-stump or leg stump to conjure up unorthodox scoring zones.

No wonder bowlers conceding 100 runs in 10 overs or less is hardly raising an eyebrow these days.

Indeed, there is every chance freakish talents such as AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Dave Warner or Brendon McCullum will bring up 300 in this tournament, and a team will hit 450 the way the runs have been flowing.

Meanwhile, I had my first taste of captaincy at Second XI level during the week, being part of the Queensland Academy of Sport side that won the Futures League title for the second season in a row with a 10-wicket win over Victoria.

One of the things I remarked upon while watching some of the batsmen go about their business, was just how great the appetite was for runs.

Each innings included a big ton, we made more than 500 in our only innings and the Vics made more than 400 in their second dig. And we still wrapped up the result by around lunchtime.

Western Australian made more than 600 in the Sheffield Shield the other day, and we should be prepared for more big scores across all levels as teams and batsmen score more quickly and aim for bigger totals.

As a batsman, I am all for it, but after marshalling the bowlers this week, I am also aware that at some point the correction will come and the ball will claw back some ground.

A day/night Test with a pink ball at the Gabba for instance would make for interesting times for the batsmen.

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