A pessimistic look at Australia's WC chances
Honestly, with the side that was picked I'd be very surprised if Australia got anywhere near the semis.
Warner - Tends to get bogged down and gets himself out after quick starts
Watson - best player in the side but injury concerns
Ponting - Has never done anything in the format. Not sure he cares too much.
Clarke - the less said the better. Starting to see why no IPL clubs were prepared to pay very much for him
M Hussey - I think he'll do well.
Symonds - massive form questions
Haddin - Depends on the day really, can be a big hitter but also gets bogged down. I recall a few situations in the last WC where he looked absolutely lost. Better up the order.
Lee - coming back from injury, if he can't get his pace up could be a very easy target
Johnson - all class
Siddle - will do well
Bracken - little form, hasn't really adapted to the format
D Hussey - great T20 player but has become a rabbit in the headlights in int. level.
Hopes - One of the worst T20 players in the world. Offers nothing with bat or ball.
Hilfenhaus - crap limited overs bowler. How he got the nod over Nannes continues to astounds me.
Hauritz - Hasn't played very many T20s, can see him going for plenty.
Bit of an extreme rant, but if we do well it'll be because of one or two batsmen having amazing runs, not a team effort. Compare it to India who have a team full of batting superstars. The thing that really makes it frustrating is we have so many players ripping it up over the past two years in the IPL yet because of selection philosophy/injury/retirements we're left with this.
Wondering if anyone else that has watched a substantial amount of these players in Twenty20s has any opposing thoughts?