Adam Zampa with his wrist spin was magnificent! best bowling figures for him of 5-19!! Hazlewood was also at his brilliant best, as was Cummins, Starc was a touch down throughout the tournament I thought.
But all round a great team performance.
A very good win. One striking feature was the vastly overrated Mitchell Starc bowling 4 overs for 60 runs and no wicket. Contrast with Hazelwood;- 4 overs, 3 for 16. Starc wasn't "a touch down"; he's been getting a free ride for too long.I was just a bit kinder than you, but yes I do agree about Starc, he has been down in form for a long while now.
The worst feature is the decline of the Sheffield Shield. It used to be regarded as the toughest domestic competition in the world. Now, very rarely do we see the all best players playing Shield cricket because they're off at ODI and T20 games anywhere around the globe.Even in the 90s an NSW side had Taylor, Slater, Waugh, Waugh, Bevan, MacGill and McGrath in the lineup!
T20 is designed for those with a short attention span; the next logical step will be T0. Turn up, watch the pre-game noise-makers, see the captains toss, winner of the toss wins the game and everyone can go home.
John Benaud got it right a few years back when he said that there are too many second class players playing first class cricket. Time was that Victoria would go to play NSW and be confronted by Miller, Lindwall, Davidson and Benaud in the attack, and Morris, Booth, Barnes et al at the batting crease. Those days are gone and Australian cricket is the weaker for it.
The worst thing about T20 is that the commercial success of the BBL is allowing the sport's leadership to kid themselves into thinking that Australian cricket is in a healthy state with a sustainable future. Things are going too smoothly for there to be any urgency about reforms.