Funny thing, I didn't know until the last couple of pages that there had already been a T20 world cup. I either missed it the first time around or it was so unmemorable I'd forgotten about it. Who won it? Either way T20 is more meaningless than ODIs, and ODIs outside the world cup are pretty much meaningless these days.
Actually Rugby really isn't big at all in Australia. It's the third code behind AFL and League, and will soon be overtaken by soccer.Yeah but Cricket is a REALLY big sport in Australia. Rugby however for all the success we may have had, is only a really a minor sport (probably not much bigger than cricket is in Ireland or the Netherlands).
For this reason, we Aussies care alot more about the fortunes of our Cricket team in all competitions, wheras most couldn't give a stuff about the Rugby Sevens.
Noone in Aus has even talked about the T20 WC really. I have several mates who are cricket fans, but noone is really interested. It's our football season and we've just had one of the biggest games of the season (State of Origin 1), there's swine flu and scandals everywhere and the cricket isn't anywhere near the back pages.
I wouldn't be surprised if at the next T20 wc we don't really make the effort either.
There is a rugby test coming up against Italy and it barely getting a mention in the Sydney media. The only time rugby gets a mention in the media in Australia these days is the Tri Nations/Kiwi Tests. TBH it basically on par with Football/Soccer these days. Only difference is that they have more bigger national games more often. Rugby Sevens is neither here nor there when it comes to media attention. The only time I ever hear about it is in the local papers when a local club players gets called up.
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Clarke really shouldn't be playing 20/20 - Australian vc or not. We really need to start selecting specialist 20/20 squads for these types of tournaments. We have a big bash for a reason, don't we?
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I think this early exit is a testament to the decline of the Australian ODI team and also their inability to adapt to this new format. When I look at every time in the tournament, with the exception of one or two Twenty20 specialists, everyone brought their ODI squad. It makes sense because a team comprised of mostly Twenty20 players lack international experience. It's on the owness of the players who play ODI cricket for their country to adapt. Even Kallis has started doing so.
I think Australia have bigger issues not seen on the surface, whether it be complacency, animosity or poor management. I'm not too sure but this isn't the first time this year that they've been disappointed by their performance.
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WI on the other hand, are just naturally suited to T20 cricket. They are just "see ball, hit ball". The awful technical deficiences of their batsmen are easily masked in this format.
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