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Old 09-10-20, 06:10 PM   #3601
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Interesting article on Michael Gough who many cricket fans may be unfamiliar with even though he's far and away the best umpire in the world - well at least according to the stats.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/54464650

What's the secret to being the best umpire in the world?

Cleaning your ears, according to Michael Gough.

The 40-year-old Englishman won praise for his near faultless judgement in England's Test series wins over West Indies and Pakistan this summer.

In fact, he has been brilliant for longer than that.

Since 2018, Gough has a 93% success rate on decisions referred to the TV umpire. The next best umpire is Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena with 79%

In an interview with the BBC World Service's Stumped programme, Gough reveals why he makes so few mistakes, how retiring as a player at the age of 23 helped shape his second career, and the importance of keeping those ears clean...

"Probably the most important things to an umpire are your eyes and your ears," explains Gough.

He says he makes sure "the little things like ears are always clean, so I can hear" and he does "a lot of work with my eye muscles".

"I do that throughout the day, just to give myself every single chance - as some people would say, the little one-percenters that can make so much of a difference," he adds.

Gough also reviews those decisions he got wrong, although there have been precious few in recent years.

He says: "Sometimes when I've made an error, I look at it and think: 'How did I get that sort of decision wrong? What was the thinking? What was the thought process at the time? What was I actually seeing? Was I thinking about something else?'"

Gough also puts much of his success down to keeping fit.

"Fitness is a big thing for me, especially in lockdown now, so I've started a lot more running," he says.

"It means I can concentrate longer; I don't feel as tired at the end of the day. I feel as all my senses are a lot clearer - vision and sound."

A promising right-handed opener and useful spinner at Durham, Gough captained England Under-19s and played for England A.

In 2002, he averaged more than 50 in first-class cricket, but the following year, aged only 23, he quit a sport he had long since stopped enjoying playing.

After trying to make it as a semi-professional footballer -"there were some scouts coming to watch me but at that age - 23 - you tend to be seen as a bit of an older man" - Gough ended up working in his father's sports shop.

"I didn't know what real life was like. You don't realise how much is done for you when you're a professional cricketer. I had to go back and actually work for a living, which was a bit of a challenge," he says.

Watching the famous 2005 Ashes between England and Australia was a "turning point" which reignited Gough's love for cricket.

He remembers: "I thought: 'I'll just give the umpiring a go.' It was one Sunday afternoon and I absolutely loved it. I just thought this could be something to make a bit of a career out of.

"I never really got the best out of myself as a player. I didn't really work hard enough. I didn't really motivate myself. I never dedicated myself enough to my profession.

"When I was fortunate enough again to get into umpiring and the world of officialdom, I just wanted to make sure that I gave myself the very, very best chance to succeed and do well at this level."

Gough has certainly achieved those goals.

He won the Professional Cricketers' Association umpire of the year award - as voted for by county cricketers - an unprecedented eight years in a row from 2011 to 2018, made his international debut in 2013 and was elevated to the International Cricket Council's elite panel of umpires in 2019.

With rules that prevent umpires officiating in Tests involving their native country relaxed this summer because of coronavirus, Gough was able to stand in four of England's six Tests, and was TV umpire for the remaining two.

Asked about his thought process for making decisions, Gough says: "I always find that if I give myself a little bit of time and not rush into it, generally I make the right decision more often than not.

"Sometimes you just have to go with your gut instinct as well. That's the biggest thing for me - if I go with my gut, nine times out of 10 I'm right.

"I just go out in the middle to do the job to the best of my ability. Sometimes the luck's on your side."
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Old 25-10-20, 06:40 PM   #3602
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Ben Stokes just scored a hundred off 59 balls in IPL vs Mumbai Indians and won RR the game. 107*(60). 14x4; 3x6.
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Whilst Marlon Samuels is a bit of a prick, his online feud with Stokes is amusing to me. Will also add these incidents to my catalogue of problems he's had with black players. I've stated my 'Stokes is a racist' theory earlier in the thread and I obviously can't prove it and having problems with people of other backgrounds doesn't mean you're racist but the contempt people have towards him is eye-opening.

Whilst Samuels can be deliberately confrontational, his poorly worded messages could be interpreted to have racial undertones. It's not like he goes around saying stuff like that to other opponents.
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I wasn't aware of the feud but having looked at this most recent incident I'm not sure how it could interpreted that Stokes is the racist here. Samuels comes across as rather vile.
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Old 31-10-20, 01:48 PM   #3605
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Obviously in this situation Samuels is the aggressor (unnecessarily so) but some article I read a few days ago quoted Samuels as saying 'superior skin tone' and something to do with 'hate in his heart'. As I say, I don't have proof and am most definitely putting random pieces together so my theory holds no real substance. Just wouldn't be surprised if something comes out or occurs over the next few years.

Most of what I'm saying is based on separate interviews with Rabada and Bavuma in the 2015 series. I don't know, they sounded like they were furious with him over something ongoing - since then I've just noticed a few subtle things over the years. Again, doesn't mean anything.
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Old 19-12-20, 10:59 AM   #3606
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India 36 all out v the Aussies
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It was incredible to watch after yesterday's wrong call to run. Maybe they were worried about Australia's borders closing again!
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Old 11-01-21, 09:30 PM   #3608
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Brilliant 4th innings by the Indians to get a draw.

And Paine and Wade making twats of themselves giving it large but both having poor games
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Brilliant 4th innings by the Indians to get a draw.

And Paine and Wade making twats of themselves giving it large but both having poor games
Really well batted. Couldn't stop laughing when Paine dropped a fairly regulation take after he had so much to say to Ashwin with the stump mic turned way up too. Couldn't have happened to a better lot.
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Blimey - forgot this started today

Sri Lanka
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First innings 112 - for 2 wickets (38.0overs)

England trail Sri Lanka by 23 runs with 8 wickets remaining
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I know Burns is at home for the birth of his child, but where is Ollie Pope?
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Ollie Pope is back batting in the nets following surgery on a dislocated shoulder suffered during England's last Test of the summer against Pakistan; the 22-year-old batsman is not in the squad to face Sri Lanka but is hoping to play a part in the series against India in February.


Some of the SL wickets were pure slapstick...
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Old 17-01-21, 12:44 PM   #3613
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England doing their best to swap an easy victory for an embarrassing defeat
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Old 17-01-21, 01:22 PM   #3614
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From the BBC live text. Familiar territory for lots of us.

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Old 19-01-21, 08:49 AM   #3615
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Not sure if anyone watched that, but a fantastic victory from India. Outstanding to win a series away like that. With half of their squad either against a good Australian bowling attack. Pujara has been incredible, he may be the last elite player of his kind, which is sad because we wouldn't have these 5 day tests without players them. He let Pant show off his maverick qualities at the end to win it. I hope this inspires players to play test cricket properly, instead of like T20. Tests that actually last 5 days are so great, hate the 2 and a half day trend that is becoming far too common an occurrence.

Watershed moment for subcontinental cricket. This India are playing brave and aggressive cricket like their western counterparts. Obviously their bowlers aren't as fast, but they're much brisker than before, their fielding is aggressive and they play to win in foreign conditions. Their win in the Wanderers a couple years ago was pretty massive after getting battered by SA in the first 2 tests, but saving the last test and winning this at the Gabba is something else. Test cricket isn't in the best state with a very mediocre NZ team currently topping the rankings, it's possible that this India team could dominate moving forward if they can match this kind of performances away moving forward.
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Old 19-01-21, 09:51 AM   #3616
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Watched the early part of the day and looked like India were going to try and bat it out for a draw, waking up to see they'd got there with 3 overs to go was a shock to say the least especailly at the Gabatoir.

Brilliant win for them and missing some of their big name players as well; great to see.
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Not sure if anyone watched that, but a fantastic victory from India. Outstanding to win a series away like that. With half of their squad either against a good Australian bowling attack. Pujara has been incredible, he may be the last elite player of his kind, which is sad because we wouldn't have these 5 day tests without players them. He let Pant show off his maverick qualities at the end to win it. I hope this inspires players to play test cricket properly, instead of like T20. Tests that actually last 5 days are so great, hate the 2 and a half day trend that is becoming far too common an occurrence.

Watershed moment for subcontinental cricket. This India are playing brave and aggressive cricket like their western counterparts. Obviously their bowlers aren't as fast, but they're much brisker than before, their fielding is aggressive and they play to win in foreign conditions. Their win in the Wanderers a couple years ago was pretty massive after getting battered by SA in the first 2 tests, but saving the last test and winning this at the Gabba is something else. Test cricket isn't in the best state with a very mediocre NZ team currently topping the rankings, it's possible that this India team could dominate moving forward if they can match this kind of performances away moving forward.

Through the night here so not really viable after the first hour or so but I'm going to catch up with the highlights shortly.

Incredible result as you say especially 4 first choice players down, one of whom is Kohli and testament to their spirit and belief. As we play them next, hopefully it won't last
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Through the night here so not really viable after the first hour or so but I'm going to catch up with the highlights shortly.

Incredible result as you say especially 4 first choice players down, one of whom is Kohli and testament to their spirit and belief. As we play them next, hopefully it won't last
For sure, their bowling attack was lacking every seamer and they still managed to pick up 20 wickets, although Australia were pushing in the 2nd innings. It's funny that Brett Lee, Warne and some others in the com box felt that Paine batted too long.

Thought Paine should have trusted his 4th seamer (Green?) with more overs to manage the workload a bit better. Cummins, Starc and Hazelwood looked half dead at the end of that, not sure why you'd pick an allrounder and not use him when it matters, even in a holding role. Clearly he doesn't trust him.

It could be a one off and they may fall over abroad as they usually do moving forward, but I think India will take a lot of heart out of this. I remember before it was like get Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman out, then see off Srinath with the ball and India were powerless to do any real damage 99% of the time. Even if they don't win much, they've built a base to be consistently competitive over the last few years. I'll say that Kirsten probably laid that egg
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Yeah tough love and no egos allowed will have helped them massively.
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Man, Sibley can't play spin to save his fucking life. Gone again for fuck all. I read he averaged over 60 against spin in the County Championship, which says more about the standard of domestic cricket. Been so impressed with his start in Test cricket but he'll have to step aside for Burns when we go to India.
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England trying their best to clinch defeat from the jaws of victory...
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Incredible win for England - SL really did shit the bed
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Old 25-01-21, 12:55 PM   #3623
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Made up for Sibley there. He was in an absolutely massive hole. Might have saved his position for India although I'd still fear for him there tbh.
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Made up for Sibley there. He was in an absolutely massive hole. Might have saved his position for India although I'd still fear for him there tbh.
Yeah he did well

Our batsmen have been exposed against spin (apart from Root of course)

Only going to get more difficult v India....
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Start of day 4 and England still batting (and trailing) in their first innings ayet manage to win the test before the end of day 4. Madness
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For those of us that hate paying extra for live sport, it seems there is a strongish chance that Channel 4 will have the rights to the India Test series. Amazing if true - the first time terrestrial TV will cover a foreign test in its' entirety
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And the rather vast downside is that fucking Vaughan and Pietersen have reportedly been lined up as the studio pundits.
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I kinda like Vaughan, not so keen on Kevin tho, great cricketer but just not an engaging pundit.
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For those of us that hate paying extra for live sport, it seems there is a strongish chance that Channel 4 will have the rights to the India Test series. Amazing if true - the first time terrestrial TV will cover a foreign test in its' entirety
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I kinda like Vaughan, not so keen on Kevin tho, great cricketer but just not an engaging pundit.

Yeah I've got no issues with Vaughan - some of his technical insight is really interesting.

I mean it might be entirely wrong but it is interesting IMO.
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I kinda like Vaughan, not so keen on Kevin tho, great cricketer but just not an engaging pundit.
I would say the opposite. I couldn't stand KP as a player but think he's an excellent commentator and vice versa with Vaughan. Like listening to KP explaining what it's like as a player in different match situations and how he set up tactically and altered his game. Also doesn't regurgitate the same textbook batting technique stuff (which I love). Argues for head positioning being more important than footwork and other controversial, but interesting points. He's did quite a lot of work for Supersport in South Africa and was well received for someone who is largely disliked in the country.

Vaughan is so grumpy and opinionated. Become old and insufferable before his time.
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40 years ago today. No idea why the 1980's are in black and white. It's not that long ago!
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Anyone see this from Chris Gayle?.84 from 22 balls. Some absolute monster 6s on show here. The last one in particular.


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T10? Is T20 too long a format for some?
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T10? Is T20 too long a format for some?
I know they cram more games in but it's pointless IMO
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Seen a bit - it's ok but there aren't many people playing that you'd actually want to watch. The straight boundaries look pretty pathetic even by T20 standards so daft scoring is precisely that.
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