The term anti-climax probably best sums up England’s retention of the Ashes this week. The arrival of heavy rain on Monday morning ensured Australia did not have the opportunity to bowl out Alastair Cook’s men at Old Trafford, leaving England 2 – 0 in front with just two tests remaining.
The third test was littered with Game Theory, an idea conceptualised by the great John Nash, as England attempted to slow the game down and wait for Mother Nature to extinguish any slim hopes the Aussies had of wrestling the famous Ashes back from their great rivals.
Despite this test series being probably the most high profile between any cricketing nations, the real power in the game lies not in England or Australia but India. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is generally considered the most highest-profile showcase in the world for Twenty20 (T20) cricket, the shortened form of the game, with a brand value was estimated at over €2 billion. However, all is not well. The Economist provides a greater insight into mismanagement and corruption in India’s most popular sport.