Aussie rules cricket: team rather than individual
When David Warner I was celebrating Pakistan's attack on the Adelaide Oval On Saturday, it seemed that enough records were under threat.
334 by Don Bradman (paired by Mark Taylor, also against Pak, in Peshawar 1998), a brand considered sacrosanct in Australian cricket, Matthew Hayden 's 380 against Zimbabwe and, of course, Brian Lara 's 400 v England.
Instead, it turned out to be a final case of putting the team before the individual by the management of the Australian team when they declared halfway through the fifth session of the match against a team that has difficulty lasting even two sessions in each inning. It was later learned that there is a threat of rain on Sunday and Monday and that caused Tim Paine to answer the call, but most would have expected the captain to give Warner at least one more hour to chase the records.
It should be noted that Lara needed seven sessions to score 400 against England at St John's Antigua in 2004, while Taylor needed six good sessions to reach 334 and then decided to stop at Bradman's mark as a sign of respect.
In doing so, Taylor was also postponing Lara's 375 test record. His act of putting the team's cause first was highly praised, but in Adelaide on Saturday, the former Australian captain also felt that Australia could have allowed Warner to go to the records.
Taylor ATOP 334 MOUNT: Mark Taylor under the Peshawar marker after his triple epic in 1998. (Getty Images)
I think they probably did it, to be totally honest ... There were still three days and one session left and a little left, Taylor said, commenting for Macquarie Sports Radio, to local media, he said at the end of Saturday's move. Because of the way Davey was scoring, they probably just needed to give him another hour to hit. I think that without really damaging their chances, they could have done it, he added.
But Taylor made it clear that he was not against putting the team before individual records first. The good thing is that it's about winning first. Go win individual records, but they are not what you should play for. Cricket is a statistics-based game, so we talk about individual scores and bowling analysis and that sort of thing. But at the end of the day, it's about winning and losing the game, he told a section of the Australian media.
While the Australians allowed Warner the time to pass the Bradman mark, Taylor had not given that. But the lefty clarified that it was not necessarily being on par with Bradman in the log books.
(While at 334) on the stumps, I had time to think about what to do. I thought about hitting just because I wanted to put them back on the field for the third day in Peshawar. But that was when the score came. I didn't want people to assume that I went out to bat just to pass Bradman's score. It would have been what I thought was best for us to win the cricket game. As it turned out we had a draw. said.