2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

The last Olympics featured 204 nations competing in over 300 events over 19 days; the last Fifa world cup had 32 teams & went for 32 days.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup however, consists of only 14 teams and 49 matches yet it goes on for 49 days….6 weeks!!

To put that into perspective a Pre-Season AFL tournament started & finished during the World Cup.

Some Journalists even went on holiday during the World Cup & came back without missing much.

I still don’t see what justification there is for a major sporting event to go on for so long. As the tournament went on, column inches in the papers shrunk which reflected the interest of the event as a whole. The ICC would argue that this was the most viewed, ‘tweeted’, ‘instagrammed’ & ‘facebooked’ event in the history of the sport. The genius at the ICC who came up with that fact obviously chose to ignore that more people use social media since the last World Cup. It’s like saying “more people travel internationally since the launch of commercial aviation.”

I doubt there would be one person that would argue cricket needs such a long world cup. If the reasoning is logistics & player wellbeing I point to the FIFA world cup; an event which has more teams, more matches & players prone to more fatigue than cricketers, not to mention it’s a much bigger event, yet it goes on for just over 1 month.
How is one-day cricket supposed to sell itself to the masses when a 6 week tournament only has 3 ‘exciting’ matches? One of which featured two countries that are semi-professional at best.

My suggestions are simple; keep the tournament to 14 teams, have the tournament in one country only, ensure every team plays at least twice a week & keep the tournament under 1 month.

I ended up covering 9 matches between Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand. It was an enjoyable World Cup from a photographer’s point of view; it was great to catch up with colleagues from all over the world, the cricket, whilst not exciting did provide some great images for most photographers. Below are a few of my own selects.

Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Joe Root of England fields on the boundary in the shadows during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A diving JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
JP Duminy dives in the field to stop the ball during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Morne Morkel bowls to Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Dale Steyn appeals an LBW decision to get the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B group match between South Africa V India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Taskin Ahmed looks on as he drops Kumar Sangakkara off his own bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a cover drive shot while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Kumar Sangakkara plays a lofted cover drive on one knee while batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell looks up in the sky after being bowled for 49 runs during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid being run into during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
James Taylor dives into his crease to avoid being run out as Angelo Mathews jumps to avoid a collision during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between England Vs Sri Lanka at the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Michael Clarke watches the ball as he is about to play a pull shot whilst batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Glenn Maxwell batting during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga runs in to bowl in front of the S.C.G members stand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Lasith Malinga bowling during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A group match between Australia Vs Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after  wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mashrafe Mortaza and bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrate by jumping in the air and bumping their chests together after wicket of Ajinkya Rahane during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quarter Final knockout match between India Vs Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Aaron Finch plays a cut shot in mid air during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Sun sets over the Members stand during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson jumps in celebration after getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma by bowling him out during the ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between Australia & India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the grant southern stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Spectators look on from the Great Southern Stand at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Victorious Australian Captain Michael Clarke raises the trophy in front of photographers & camera men after the Australian side won the ICC Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia & New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

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Australia v India: 3rd Test Boxing Day Test match Cricket

A few of my selects from the 2014 Boxing day test match between Australia Vs India.
The match ended in a draw seeing Australia regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on a tense final day at the MCG.

Not the most exciting cricket match in terms of photos, in fact day 1 was easily the most boring day of cricket i have ever covered.

General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
General field of play view in the afternoon during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli walks up the players race onto the field during day five of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Spectators watch from the stands during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Steve Smith raises his bat as he walks off the field after making 192 during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli ducks a bouncer during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Brad Haddin dives in attempt the catch the ball during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli dives into his crease to avoid being run out during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Shaun Marsh jumps as he gets hit in the chest of a ball from Ishant Sharma during day four of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Ryan Harris celebrates after getting a wicket caught and bowled during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake www.abrfoto.com
Virat Kohli plays a pull shot off Mitchell Johnson for four runs during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (c) Asanka Brendon Ratnayake http://www.abrfoto.com

Ashes : 5th Test Sydney Australia Vs England

The last Test of what has been a humiliating tour for the English, foolishly i booked my stay for 5 days…
For those curious Qantas charge $70 for a flight change.

General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
General view of the Member Pavilion during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Ian Bell evades a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Australian fans dressed as Richie Benaud during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Mitchell Johnson running into bowl during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
George Bailey batting during the during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Stuart Broad ducks from a bouncer delivery during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Brad Haddin gets bowled during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading 'Whats your plan B' during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
Alastair Cook walks past a sign reading ‘Whats your plan B’ during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian team jump in celebration on the middle of the pitch after winning the Ashes during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian cricket team celebrate with the Ashes trophies on the podium while Alastair Cook looks on during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG - Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
The Australian Team with Ashes Trophy celebrate their 5-0 Ashes victory during the during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the SCG – Test Australia Vs England, SCG, Sydney New South Wales, Australia. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake