Sunday, April 29, 2007


The subcontinent cleanup is complete. 8 years and 3 world cups later, the Aussies are still unbeaten. No side has even come close to beating them in the 3 editions of the worldcup. In this particular edition, the only thing more lacklustre than the crowd turnout has been the show put up by the 10 teams against the mighty Aussies.
Damn! I hate the kiwis. They gave us the false hope that yes, the Aussies aren't invincible;that their bowling attack is weak if you can get past McGrath;that any total put up by them can be chased. When the big match situation demanded though, there was a meak surrender;white flags were out and not a single player did a Archilles ala Brad Pitt and put his hand up to take the challenge.

Boring it may seem to a few, the Australian show is far from that. All you can do is watch in awe the way they bat. Haydos and Gilly are the best opening pair in the world and both of them are the kings of comebacks;bull terriers who'll never give up and take the attack to the opposition, no matter how bad their form is. If either of them falls, you have the best batsman in the world (on form) who bloody murders the bowlers. If you can't get him out early, Ponting is going to kill you...its a guaran-damn-tee. And even if you get the top three out early, you cant afford to take it easy. What follows next is the best young middle order in world cricket in the form of Clarke, Symonds, Hussey and Watson. If any of them is at the crease in the 40th over, the score inevitably touches 300. The sad part is, we haven't got the opportunity to see the other batsmen bat. I can't even remember the last time I've seen Bracken and McGrath taking guard.

Their bowling is supposedly weak. But frankly speaking, I can't understand where the so called experts see a weakness. Tait has been an able replacement for Lee and with the Pigeon choking up the batsmen at one end, you have no option left but to take a chance against Tait or Bracken. And this is where the batsmen make mistakes. The Proteas tried to overcome that problem by taking the attack to McGrath, but ended up looking quite stupid. The likes of Smith, Kallis, Tendulkar and Pietersen must be heaving a huge sigh of relief at the retirement of McGrath. Guys don't get your hopes too high, Stuart Clarke seems just as capable.
So can the Aussies be beaten?Yes, but you need 11 players who are mentally stronger than the 11 players wearing the Baggy green cap. You need a team that doesn't get carried away by one off wins, who dont surprise themselves if they manage a win or two over the Aussies. Right now, there is no such team in world cricket. All we can do is hope that some one manages to come up with a team with a killer attitude like the Aussies. We have 4 years to wait and watch. Step up Dave Whatmore.


Cuckoo said...

No doubt, Aussies are THE best team today & it was a kind of boring this time that we knew the outcome of this WC.

Aussies !!

Let us hope some team truly stands up & give them a real fight.

Abhijeet said...

yeah i really hope some1 does that but rite now every1 is tryin to reach their level but the Aussies are hell bent on raising the bar. The problem is that the Aussies are competing with only themselves!