As the weekend was spent travelling, I've only now caught up with the outcome of the second ODI between Australia and New Zealand at Auckland.
I'm still trying to fathom how Duckworth Lewis calculations meant that New Zealand had to chase 266 runs from 45 overs and had two of their powerplay overs deducted. Given that Australia had scored 273/7 from 50 overs, it seems unfair to say the least that the Black Caps only had their target reduced by eight runs but had to do it from five less overs, two of those powerplays.
At first I thought John Howard's influence as the next President of the ICC was already taking effect; anyone who saw his sour face on handing the Webb Ellis Trophy to Martin Johnson in 2003 will understand what I mean by that.
But no, it seems Duckworth Lewis is akin to Greek Mythology and that the team batting second will be given an impossible quest in order to prevent ignominious defeat and a painful death.
On Saturday, Duckworth Lewis decided to see if Daniel Vettori could emulate Perseus. To save his beloved New Zealand from certain death, he had to combat the Three Gorgons and cut off the head of Medusa without looking directly at her as that would involve turning to stone, death and defeat. Then with the overs running out he had to save the Kiwis from the dastardly Australian Kraken by making Mitchell Johnson stare at the face of the head of Medusa, thus turning him to stone.
To Vettori's credit he managed to defeat the Gorgons and obtain the head of Medusa and only failed because as Johnson's mother is even more fearsome than Medusa, he is the only mortal that can look in the face of Medusa and live.
If only Vettori had used the head of Scott Styris...