Sunday, 23 November 2008

Ben on...the rhythm of NZ cricket

I suspect that students of dramatic theory could identify and classify the unerring pattern of NZ cricket defeats. I suspect there might be something operatic in the grand shifts from hope through despair to tragedy. Imagine Vettori as Siegfried and Australia as the Nibelungs and you'll understand what I mean.

The basic rhythm of an NZ test defeat looks something like this (using the current test as an example):
  1. Rising dawn of hope (Aus rolled for 214)
  2. Tables turned (NZ rolled in turn)
  3. Misery reaches a nadir (last two Aus partnerships add 82 runs)
  4. Inevitable countdown to defeat (metronomic fall of 4th-innings' wickets)
  5. The end (game over by lunch, day 4)
I suppose a parallel can be drawn to the traditional dramatic structure of exposition–rising action–climax–falling action–denouement. If the parallel is poor it is because the whole thing is so poorly scripted.

1 comment:

Leg Break said...

You've left out the one in between 2 and 3.

The False Hope Raised stage (Aus lose wickets early in their 2nd innings)