Can't wait. Won't mind if NZ win, their fans deserve it but would be so awesome if we won, after a poor couple of years in ODIs.
Aus should be clear favourites with our batting clicking but if Bond hits his straps you could be in career best form and it wouldn't matter.
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this was the final I was hoping for out of the semis - will be good to play NZ in an ODI that means something.
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Bond's picked up Ponting six times in nine games, thats impressive
Ponting' weakness perhaps, fast inswinging bowling (Sharma and Bond) have caused him trouble over the years.
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He's only ever got Ponting out caught though. Ponting always looks like if he's going to get out, it'll be to an lbw. But it doesn't happen very often. Less often than Sachin Tendulkar gets out lbw.
Think we play at our best when no-one is expecting **** from us. A few things need to go right for us to win. But hope springs eternal and stranger things have happened...
Just hate the time difference. Have a busy day on Tue, so may have to just get up early and catch the second part of play.
It will probably take a truly special individual performance for NZ to win just like Cairns the last time around. Perhaps a devastating spell by Bond or a hundred by Ross Taylor or a great all-round display by Vettori. Realistically if Australia are near the top of their game they will likely win quite easily.
I think the difference is that this is a big final which Australia has a lot of experience winning while NZ has very little. I suspect a lot of the less experienced players will be overawed by the occasion which is why I think they will need a special performance from one of their stalwarts.
The Australia side is pretty inexperienced too. Only four Aussies who took part in the World Cup final are in the squad for tomorrow's game (five of the New Zealand team who played in the semi will also play tomorrow, six if Styris comes in).
New Zealand have a clear shot at beating Australia here. Someone will inevitably point at their injury list as a reason why they'll struggle, but how many of the New Zealand team who were involved in the last victory over Australia (in February of this year) are out of tomorrow's match due to injury?
Should be a great game actually. Teams seems oretty evenly matched and both playing reasonable cricket. Expecting a big effort from Bond especially. If he gets a couple early, will be troubke for us.
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We actualy have a few guys that have a habit of playing their best vs Aussie (Bond, Taylor, Elliott, Vettori, arguably Guptill and Redmond).
McCullum's either going to get out early in some silly way or score a 90 odd.
Butler, Franklin and (don't shoot me) Mills are the uh ohs in the bowling. You never know which Butler or Franklin will turn up and Mills seems to not enjoy Australia much (remember a series (tests tbf) where LBW appeals on Hayden from Mills wre rejected time and again).
Broom the obvious weak link. With the amount of crap he gets I bet he'll score an unbeaten century just to spite you all . The openers will either be brilliant or cringeworthy with Redmond capable of scoring a handy 30 at least at three, so he's an iffy player there.
The balls of the batting is Taylor, Elliott, Vettori. They're bankable runs (as many as you can have for an NZ team ). Taylor likes Aussie, Elliott scores when it matters (so far) and Vettori is just plain annoying with the bat.
That Aussie batting has me worried though. Thank God our strength is bowling and not the other way around, otherwise we'd be chasing a few.
Hope its a good game.
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