New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham once again took a cheeky dig at the now-scrapped boundary count rule in cricket, which saw the Kiwis lose the 2019 World Cup final to England, who had hit more boundaries than Kane Williamson’s side and won the title after both the regular match and the super over were tied.
Tweeting during the Euro 2020 final (played in 2021 after getting postponed last year due to the pandemic ), on Sunday between hosts England and Italy, James Neesham wondered if the winner should be declared based on the team who made more passes, as the final went into the penalty shootout after the scoreline remained 1-1 after both regular game and extra time were completed.
Why is it a penalty shootout and not just whoever made the most passes wins? 👀 #joking 😂
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) July 11, 2021
The game at the Wembley Stadium went down the wire to decide the fate of the final as Italy emerged victorious winning the penalty shootout 3-2 as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka missed their shots. During the regular time, Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci had equalized in the 67th minute to the goal of Luke Shaw, the English mid-fielder.
Another New Zealander, former all-rounder Scott Styris took a similar swipe at the boundary count rule on Sunday night. Styris points out that England had more corners in the game – 5 to Italy’s 3 – and hence should have been crowned champions.
I don’t understand…. England had more corners …. they are the champions! #Stillsalty
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) July 11, 2021
James Neesham is currently in England playing for Essex in the Blast T20 tournament. In 11 games so far, he has scored 167 runs at a strike rate of 143.96, with the best knock of 53 runs off 25 balls against Somerset; the seamer has also taken 4 wickets at a decent economy of 8.70.
It’s not confirmed when the all-rounder will be again seen in New Zealand colours as not white-ball matches for the Kiwis have been scheduled yet. They are, however, slated to tour Bangladesh ahead of the T20 World Cup.
James Neesham and other New Zealand players are likely to be available for the second phase of the IPL 2021 in the UAE in September-October. He is part of the Mumbai Indians squad along with compatriot Trent Boult.