I might be stating the obvious. But since his debut match, Ponting has hardly set the T20I world on fire, has he not? I cannot fathom the reason for the selection of Clarke either. And Hopes too. Really perplexing.
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So, was my first ever chance to watch Australia live yesterday... and the atmosphere was something else. A good number of WI fans, lots of England fans quite happy to cheer against Australia, and a spattering of NZers who were orchestrating the whole lot into a something quite fun!
As is always the way when you get excited that you're finally going to see someone, they get out for a duck! So that was a shame that I didn't get to see Watto batting. But it was great to see him bowling. He didn't look that sharp but his action looked nice and fluent. It was also interesting in the warm-up that he was the first one out there bowling, and the last one to leave, so it looks like he's really working at things. The thing that was impressive though was that unlike Johnson and Lee, who just appeared to be wanging it down as fast as possible without any thought, Watson and Hopes looked like they were at least using their brains.
Anyway, the whole experience was brilliant. I can't wait for my next match on Friday!
phew! Thought the country had truly hit rock bottom.
I don't think Ponting and co aren't taking this seriously enough. They're just not good enough. Full stop. And I could live with that far better than having a bunch that didn't care for the tournament, but had no qualms accepting payment for participation all the same.
In all seriousness though, Australia probably needs T20 less than any other country in cricket. Tests do very well here, as do ODIs. India was probably the other country with no obvious need to "enhance its appeal", and T20 was indeed not very popular there until they won the first World Championship with a team stacked with young, engaging players.
We play so much cricket, its a recipe for failure to try and play every match at 100%. You need to take some down time and give some key players a rest. We've done it before in the Champions Trophy, and I hope we continue to do it during these apparently bi-annual T20 World Championships, if it helps us prevent burnout in important formats.
GOOD OLD COLLINGWOOD - PREMIERS IN 2010Originally Posted by Irfan
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If Aussie players are not good at T20 Cricket then how come most of them have been the top performers in IPL ?
Australia are the Kolkata Knight Riders of international T20.
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