No I'm serious Zimbabwe are clearly are a better team than Australia .We haven't won against them so that is the only logical conclusion .Have a look at the records you will be amazed at our shocking record .8-) Anyways you're blocked Pheobe.
Should bring Hayden out of retirement for the tournament.
Can't see us doing too well tbh. We're a fair way behind in this format.
No doubting Australia have selected a side of class cricketers, just not brilliant T20 players. Will probably result in an exit before the final.
Too many negatives about our fortunes:
- Selectors are not interested in picking a true T20 squad
- The best T20 batsman (Hodge) and bowler (Nannes) did not even make the side
- The side contains some players who have done litle of note over there T20 careers (Clarke, Hopes, Hauritz)
- Australia are really struggling to play spin bowling in the limted overs format, most teams are now playing two spin bowling options.
- Our best T20 batsman in the side (Symonds) is only still finding his touch
- Lack of an economical 5th bowling option
- Too many batsman who may struggle to force the pace ealy in the innings (Haddin, Clarke, Ponting)
- Our only X-factor type player is a young batsman who is still very much an unknown quantity (Warner)
- An early exit from the tournament will not be considered a disaster. The Ashes is ahead.
This was a huge chance for the Aussie selectors to select a specialist 20/20 side and rest some of the top ranked players ahead of the Ashes. Instead we've selected a squad based on previous international experience and have not given our Ashes strikers a rest ahead of the series.
Have pure Twenty20 specialist ever worked at International level. i.e guys that aren't good enough to play ODIs but have brillant Twenty20 records?
Most sides who have brought in Twenty20 specialist per say, have just brought them in for their fringe players. The problem for Australia is that a lot of their top players haven't played a lot of Twenty20 cricket. As they don't play them much at International level and most of their players haven't played them much at domestic level due to International schedule.
I think Ponting has shown his capable of being an effective player at this level. Bracks and Clarke maybe not, but decent players to add depth to a squad. If the specialist don't work.
Hopes is 50/50. Batting wise he has been pretty effective, bowling well he looks behind at this level. Though there is not really another all rounder putting their hand up. Unless you class Hodge an all rounder at Twenty20 level. They should have played a Twenty20 specialist in Nannes or Harwood ahead of Hilf. But even with Hodge in for Hopes and Nannes in for Hilf, would the side look a lot different.
I think you have hit the issue on the head Chaminda.
Most of our class ODI players simply never get the opportunity to play much T20 cricket. The KFC Big Bash is held in the middle of the international summer of cricket so players such as Clarke, Ponting, Haddin and Bracken simply don't get the opportunity to play the game. The international T20 games should not be left as the only opportunity these players get to have a practise at the format. I'm getting tired of hearing interviews from Clarke or Ponting stating how the upcoming T20 game is another opportunity to learn about the format. Most players should know what the format is about, many cricketers have played upwards of 50 games now.
It is little suprise that the most prolific T20 cricketers we have in Australia are those players who are just shy of international class. Players such as Hodge, Dave Hussey, Nannes, Dorey, Bailey. I'm sure we would have more confidence in the Australian outfit if Ricky Ponting had the opportunity to play 6-7 games for Tasmania over the summer.
I am only really dissed by a couple of things. And they are no Brad Hodge who should be one of the first picked and the fact that they have persisted with Hilfenhaus at a form of cricket that does not suit him at all. We all know Clarke struggles at this level, but CA were never, ever going to drop their vice captain and future captain. I don't like our chances, but we aren't no hope IMO.
A couple of other points. I think Hopes, the real bits and pieces all rounder is a good squad selection considering this will be played in England. I hate his batting but he will play a part somewhere IMO. Mike Hussey has been out of form, but I like him in the side as a guy that floats in the middle order and can be a core of the team if wickets fall early. With Watson hopefully bowling, I think Hauritz will be a real key to any hope of success. I'm still unsure on what team I would pick, but probably something like this:
James Hopes would cover most injuries and could play ahead of Hauritz if it is a raging seamer with Symonds and Hussey to bowl tweakers if need be. Hopes at 8 with Johnson, Lee and Bracken after him would pretty much allow the team to slog for 20 overs.
Well you play your test side you don't expect those who play 4/5 day cricket mentality to win the 20/20 cup.
Expect a lot of singles and not many 4's and 6's.
Dave warner was the only one chosen as a good 20/20 player.
Shambles of slection.
I guess players will get a warm up for the ashes but they won't win or go anywhere near it.
I don't understand why Australia insist on playing Ponting in T20. Why not rest him from T20's and start giving youngsters a chance. Who knows it might just unearth your next Ponting.