In a recent Big Bash match, Nathan Coulter-Nile was awarded the man-of-the-match award following an innings of just six balls. Hardly an epic. I guess T20 is the game for Gen Y.
In a rain shortened match, Perth Scorchers needed 51 runs from 5 overs to defeat Brisbane Heat. This was easily achieved because Coulter-Nile hit 23 runs from just six balls. And as I said, he was awarded MOTM for that quick piece of work. He did in fact bowl in the Heat innings and conceded 13 runs an over with figures of 0/39 which if anything, should have counted against his claims to MOTM. Not that I’m disputing that he should have been match. I couldn’t care less. I might dispute that it is even worth having a MOTM for every T20.
I’m just making the point that these matches, while popular and commercially successful are meaningless. Contrast Coulter-Nile’s 6 ball effort with Faf du Plessis in Adelaide. If you are after an epic, look no further. In his maiden Test match, he saved his team and made 110 not out from 376 balls. He faced just over one and half entire T20 matches in a single innings. Now that’s what I’m talking about.
While making the point that T20 matches are so much fluff, I have to wonder how useful the BBL is to the Test campaign. The Big Bash league is running concurrently with the Test series. When someone gets injured (say, Hilfenhaus or Clarke), reserves are called in and they have to make an immediate transition from T20 to Test cricket. We learned this morning that all Test players have been withdrawn from the BBL. I’m not convinced this is a good move but I can see that little is to be gained from playing BBL while an injury is always possible. I wonder if Shield matches were due to start on 19 or 20 December, if the same players would have been withdrawn.