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Saturday, October 29, 2005

What can they do(-worma)

I mean the WI in Australia...what's it going to be? Holding is already clear on a 3-0 whitewash. No..not of the Collingwood 3-0 Eng against Pak variety :-). And Holding's rants are along the same lines we've been reading quite often recently. Attitude problems.
"People don't like to hear the truth but this group does not possess the right attitude to win Test matches," Holding said. "I'm concerned about their general focus. They aren't focused on their game enough, they aren't focused on representing the Windies enough."

I'm sure most of you would have read WI batsmen did pretty well against Queensland attack that had Kasper, Watson(16 ovrs for 84, no wkts) and Symond in it. Samuels, on his way to 257, broke few records...and a car. He's definitely exciting to watch, impressive right from his early days. Lara batted at number 8 because of a finger injury. He's terribly short of match practice as we saw in super series, and apparently not in good shape either.
His form after a lengthy lay-off, that had seen his 36-year-old frame pad out to the point former Test quick Jeff Thomson labeled him "fatter than Fat Albert", will be a major concern for the Windies.
But then, as we all know, this is Brian Lara we are talking about. Didn't he make a recent 'comeback' against Pak with a few runs right away ;-)

Talking of injuries, Justin Langer has a cracked rib, playing against Victoria. But no problem, he's up for the first test. Just a minor matter of handling this pain thing
"I'll definitely be playing on Thursday," he said. "I have a cracked rib, which will worry me. The thing I will have to get used to is the pain. "There's nothing I can do about it, but it won't keep me out of the team."
To me, frankly, Langer with his fighter (literally) approach and all sounds really scary! Thankfully he's not terribly gifted with the bat ;-)

In passing, Lara has a 'bat problem'...is getting more from India (yeah, as a confirmation of that story which Prem posted few days back.


  • I have to say that Langer is unlikely to play...we saw the same drama with the Mcgrath a few months ago (hard to believe that was months ago). Langer will probably sit out.

    Now that Best et al know that Langer is semi-injured they will be motivated to make sure he is completely injured. Again, I am not convinced that Langer will play

    By Blogger Jiet, at 18:00  

  • But didn't he say clearly in this report that he would play? Are they still going to consider leaving him out?

    Anyway..lets wait and watch.

    By Blogger worma, at 19:04  

  • I think Langer wants to play because he knows age is not on his side. If Mike Hussey or someone else comes in and does well...such is the attitude of the Aussie selectors that Langer may never play again. We all know what they did with Damien martyn.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 21:07  

  • I think Windies wersus Australia is going to be exciting. I don't agree with Holding. I think it'll be a lot closer. Lara...hmm, it's going to be tough for him. He doesn't seem as hungry. I don't see Lara going on much after he takes Border's record of most runs in tests, only to have Sachin take it, shortly. Lara is, in my obnoxious opinion, close to the end of a great career. This could be a great series. And not the 3-0 whitewash Holding is hoping for. He probably wants to replace King as coach. We know the feeling. We have a few people like him in India. Thank you. Great blog.

    By Blogger Ăœbermaniam, at 01:03  

  • I think the Windies will probably lose all the tests, but the pacemen might surprise us. It's tempting to note the relatively closer gap between the batting strength of the two teams and dismiss the Windies's bowling. However, recently it's been their bowling which has saved them and the batting which has crumbled. I don't think there's going to be a difference. The Australian bowling has stood up to pressure much better than it's batting, even in the recent super-series. It will be intersting to say the least, as the Windies are probably as unpredictable as the Indians are.
    About Langer, batsmanship is about more than looking pretty. Steve Waugh was the best example of that! Not gifted with the bat??? He's been one half of one of the most prolific opening pairs in recent history. An opening batsman is a specialist position, if ever there was one. To paraphrase Gavaskar - an opening batsman can bat down the order, but with few exceptions, a middle-order batsman can rarely fill in for an opener. I'm not a great fan of Langer but "not gifted with the bat"??? Dude, unbiased opinions, please.

    By Blogger djlykan, at 02:09  

  • worma, guess tongue-in-cheek comments are a thing of the past. stick to straightforward statements or else become biased :)

    By Blogger puranjoy, at 05:43  

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