Anyone who was at the Highveld Lions T20 match vs the Cape Cobras & who happens to be a Lions fan must have been SO frustrated!
8 runs to get off the last over & you have two Proteas batting: Pretorius & Mulder. Now you’d think this must be the proverbial ‘walk in the park’. No it turns out to be ‘a major fumble in the dark’! Why? because they both try & be the ‘glory boys’ & hit a six! Yes that is an option BUT NOT when (1) a few singles and/or a 2 can do it; (2) Even better add maybe a four AND (3) MAINLY when all the fielders are on the boundary AND (4) NOT when the closest fielder on the on-side is also on the boundary … 40+ meters away! Push it out to leg & scamper a 1 and/or 2 – It may not have worked 100% BUT they did not even try it …. ONCE! You wonder if they even considered/discussed this option?!
Now add to that a similar lack of ‘match awareness’ (As the commentator calls it)displayed by Miller in yesterdays IPL match. He came in when a win was on the cards & his partner Rahul had been batting very well & sensibly since opening the innings. No rather than rotating the strike & letting his well established partner go for the big hits (after all his eye was in!), Miller goes for a big six off his 3rd or 4th ball …. & is caught.
If this style of play and lack of match/situational awareness is added to our well know lack of BMT, then I doubt will get past the 1/4 finals of the world ODI championships that start at the end of next month in the UK!!