BBC: Ashes: Is cricket the hardest sport to win away from home?

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BBC: Ashes: Is cricket the hardest sport to win away from home?

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January 10th, 2018, 3:09 pm #1

"Attendances in Test cricket are going down because you know who is going to win before you turn up. There has to be jeopardy as to who wins the game. I'm a Newcastle fan and I turn up genuinely thinking they have a chance of winning every single game in the Premier League. They've not, but they have more of a chance than England had in Brisbane at the start of this Ashes series." - Graeme Swann

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January 11th, 2018, 4:40 pm #2

I suspect that when Newcastle United play away at Liverpool or Man City they've not prepared with a couple of warm-up games against kids and amateurs.

The ECB are plenty rich enough. If they didn't prepare it was because they didn't think winning mattered. If the hosts won't supply proper opposition then we either don't go or we take our own opposition with us. I'm sure there are many Test players from round the world who would fancy a game or two, for a suitable fee.
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January 12th, 2018, 5:43 pm #3

"Attendances in Test cricket are going down because you know who is going to win before you turn up. There has to be jeopardy as to who wins the game. I'm a Newcastle fan and I turn up genuinely thinking they have a chance of winning every single game in the Premier League. They've not, but they have more of a chance than England had in Brisbane at the start of this Ashes series." - Graeme Swann

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"Is cricket the hardest sport to win away from home?"
Prison football?
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January 12th, 2018, 6:37 pm #4

"Attendances in Test cricket are going down because you know who is going to win before you turn up. There has to be jeopardy as to who wins the game. I'm a Newcastle fan and I turn up genuinely thinking they have a chance of winning every single game in the Premier League. They've not, but they have more of a chance than England had in Brisbane at the start of this Ashes series." - Graeme Swann

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Nice one, Nick.

I did once referee a rugby match between Wymott Prison and Chorley RUFC. Quite an experience, and something of an initiation for new members of the Manchester & District Referees' Society.

The away team did win, however, but that was not the prisoners. Lovely pitch, and 'don't drink the tea' was the advice I was given. No post-match socialising. Lots of locking metal gates everywhere, but everything in perfect repair, zero graffiti. Horrible place.
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January 12th, 2018, 9:53 pm #5

"Attendances in Test cricket are going down because you know who is going to win before you turn up. There has to be jeopardy as to who wins the game. I'm a Newcastle fan and I turn up genuinely thinking they have a chance of winning every single game in the Premier League. They've not, but they have more of a chance than England had in Brisbane at the start of this Ashes series." - Graeme Swann

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It's the pitch. You go to an away football game and the pitches are basically similar. The main difference is in the level of support for your team .
Pitches are everything in cricket. Countries create pitches that suit their bowlers and batsmen. Flat fast pitches in Australia with very little seam or swing, slow spinning pitches in India and Sri Lanka and in England you get seamers and swing bowlers pitches. What you need is a pitch that gives bowlers of any type that bowl very well a chance of a wicket and batsmen that bat well the chance of lots of runs. The trouble is its self perpetuating, as in each country coaches encourage young players to bowl or bat in a way that suites their home pitches.
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