South Africa vs England: Poor Cricket Rules the 2011 Cricket World Cup
Published: March 06, 2011 at 5:13 am
The quality of cricket played in this year's Cricket World Cup has been astonishingly appalling.
Today's match between South Africa and England has shown how poor the standard of cricket has been.
With both sides refusing to seize opportunities and choking in crunch situations, the level of cricket is irritating for a serious avid cricket follower.
While on one hand a lay person would deem it interesting and thrilling a knowledgeable cricket fanatic would agree that quality cricket is what makes for great viewing.
Chasing a small total of 171 runs, the South African cricket team struggled when they met a collapse at 124 where 3 wickets fell without a run added to the total!
Eventually they got out 6 runs short hence not being able to win!
England made a small total of 171 when Imran Tahir accounted for 4 South African wickets. In reply the South African team cruised to 124/4, but in an astonishing change of luck they lost 3 wickets and were reduced to 127/7. Tim Bresnan and Swann applied the pressure and the Proteas as usual choked under it!
Most teams have looked to create problems for themselves and it looks as if they don't really want to win. With run outs, stumpings and catches dropped in each match regularly the standard of cricket is simply clubish.
The story of poor cricket in the World Cup is as follows:
India: Let Bangladesh make 290 odd runs despite a strong spin attack on spinning wickets, couldn't defend 300+ against England.
England: Couldn't make 67 of 60 to win against India, Couldn't defend 300+ against Ireland, got only 171 in the first innings against South Africa.
Pakistan: Got under 200 against Canada.
South Africa: Couldn't chase 172 to win against England.
Australia: Looked uncomfortable in their victory against the Zimbabwe.