Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Beige Archives: Dyson blames 'lack of maths practice'

This article first appeared on the BBC's 606 forum on the 20th of March 2009.

West Indian Coach John Dyson blamed his side’s lack of arithmetic preparation before the first one day international against England for the loss by 1 run under the Duckworth Lewis scheme.

“Obviously, if we’d spent less time at fielding drills and a bit more time working out that six plus one doesn’t equal six then we wouldn’t have got ourselves into this situation” said a despondent Dyson.

"I also shouldn’t have been reading my 'Understanding Duckworth-Lewis' book by Shaun Pollock. It’s a cracking read, but I should really have noticed Ramdin getting out”.

England captain Andrew Strauss was delighted with the result. “We have won one match in a row so I’m absolutely over the moon. We were also doing the Duckworth Lewis calculations, and we thought the West Indies were ahead by an innings and 2 away goals, so it just shows how tricky it all is. I think for the next game we’ll replace Harmison with a maths boffin to help avoid these situations. The bloke can fill the ‘bowling ability optional’ slot in our line-up too”.

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