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Monday, May 30, 2005

Early Vaughan-ing...

Geez, isn't that a pathetic pun?! My only excuse is, it is a holiday here, and nearing the time when I must run -- what the hell, half the day has gone at work but surely I can enjoy the other half, out in the sun? -- and am too preoccupied to think of a better header for this story out of the Aussie pre-Ashes training camp.
While the likes of McGrath, Warne, Gillespie and others have been talking tough about their respective targets, coach John Buchanan seems to be suggesting, here, that the key to another Ashes success is to aim to unsettle the top four, with Michael Vaughan being identified as the danger man ahead of even Andy Strauss.
Another aspect of Australia's preparations I like is the way they opted to drop Brett Lee, despite all the hype and the glamor. The Aussie selectors seem to have decided that performance is the only criterion they will consider, when they picked the hugely improved Kasprowicz over Lee in recent times.
The result? A strong Aussie bowling lineup -- and back home, a Brett Lee hell bent on doing whatever it takes to get back into the side.

4 Comments:

  • But isn't this strategy to unsettle top four as obvious as the McGrath's target practise on openers (which u commented earlier ?
    Yet, if ever this obvious was not so obviously applicable, its on this English team ! Andrew Flintoff is almost as much key to this Eng team success as Gilchrist for Aus (for a longer duration though). Most of the past tough matches have had more than significant contribution from him. And I would be happy if the Aussies are ignoring his importance ! The only problem is....I'm not so sure...!!

    By Blogger worma, at 16:49  

  • Hey Prem,

    Long time! Found this via someone else's blog. Was like sitting down with someone you haven't met in a while - I could hear your voice in these posts.

    On reading very quickly through the archives, first thought was that I'm amazed you can find the time :-)

    A relevant comment next time. For now, hi.

    By Blogger Roshan, at 07:32  

  • Prem,

    So refreshing to see one of the glamorous "stars" of the Aussies team public proclaiming that he'll have to work his rear end off to break into the team.

    Can you imagine one of our "stars" here any time mentioning *work* in their public statements? Just goes on to show us that in Australia, one has to *earn* their cap -- one is not a beneficary of any quota system or the servile of any important dignitary (zip 033 folks?).

    This is refreshing, indeed. I hope Greg Chapell is able to insert some of this fire into our boys. With our talent and even a fraction od teh Aussie work ethic/attitude, we can bounce back to being among the best.

    Sriraj

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33  

  • Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh have mentioned 'work' many times in their statements. I don't agree. And anyway there's too much cricket being played 'through media' ! Actual hard work and selection does not (should not) have anything to do with statements.

    By Blogger worma, at 05:51  

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