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Friday, November 04, 2005

Same Old?(-worma)

West Indies, after looking like having reached a good position against Aus, are again back to a hopeless one. Aus managed, being 294/7 at a stage, to reach 435 before being all out. If there's one positive for them coming out of Ashes, its their "tailenders'" batting. Having successfully faced the lethal battering in Eng, the WI attack must've seemed genial to Lee and Warne. So, why do they need another allrounder ;-) And meanwhile, despite a good innings by Smith, WI have slumped to an all-too-familiar position. And its looking increasingly like business as usual for McGrath and his Aus companions.

Anyways...significant clues emerging from the Aus performance...that all's not well with their batting lineup. Hayden, as we know, has been tamed for ever, and Gilchrist, if not tamed, is certainly shaken(he would've converted his start, as he got yesterday, into a century 9 times out of 10). Clarke and Katich are not fully ready yet, and Watson seems more like a half-bowler half-batsman rather than a genuine allrounder. And already there are hints that the selectors might openly accept their 'mistake' and recall Martyn. Reason? Simple:
But it has now become apparent Australia's current middle order of Michael Clarke and Simon Katich are, at this stage of their careers, inferior to what he was and may still be.
and also
Australia can afford to carry two of Watson, Clarke or Katich while it is struggling for runs - but if all three fail, a change will be contemplated for next month's heavyweight three-Test series against South Africa, or sooner.


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    By Blogger Silver Fox, at 04:28  

  • Worma.. The coverage of Starsports AUS-WI is once again supurb especially when i switch on my TV @5.00am( live in chennai)quiet morning,the lovely picture of the ground and the fantastic commentary of Richie Benaud,Ian Chappel,Ian Healey etal makes it a wonderful start to the day.Cricket so far has been supurb.WI at close appear once again on a bad situation but who know if BL was not wrongly agjudjed LBW?He was batting in his fluent way.If we go by the bowling performance, i think there is some element of Bennet King in their approach.I hope it continues. As you have rightly pointedout,the younger elements Clarke and Katisch do not appear to have settled in test cricket.WI will still hope on that and try to make a strong come back.Good luck to them.All in all, fascinating 2 days cricket

    By Blogger laks1234, at 07:27  

  • laks1234: unfortunately I could not catch the live coverage here on web, starts at 2am my time :-)...but did watch some highlights of RP batting later. Hope to watch the same of BL today. And maybe more of the coverage on the weekend. Surely watching cricket covg from Aus is itself a pleasurable experience.

    About the future of this match...unfortunately I don't think anything out of ordinary would happen. WI committed the same mistake that most visiting teams do with Aus...let them come out of a tight spot (290/7 was a tight spot, I would say). Only this time it wasn't Gilchrist but the tail which bailed them out. And now, even with a 150 deficit in first innings(even getting there would be an achievement for WI, although I do like Ramadin, from his SL trip) Aus would easily gain a 350+ lead (even if they have a collapse) and then McG+Warne should settle the matter. Unless, as you said, BL bats the way he can. Anyways...exiciting viewing for the weekend

    By Blogger worma, at 07:39  

  • Lara was getting back to form when again he was adjudged wrongly LBW. It seems in Aus, more then McGrath or Warne, its the umpires who target the top opposition batsmen.

    By Blogger J, at 11:25  

  • One thing stands out- the best teams over an extended period of time in world cricket are ones which have great bowlers. The West Indies and Australia have had their times in the sun when their bowlers were simply overwhelmingly better than every other team's, and as the recent super series showed us, perhaps combined. Batsmen have the glamorous roles- scoring the winning runs is far more visually spectacular than taking the last wicket.
    Exceptional bowling makes any batting performance look good, but increasingly, and especially in one-day cricket, a great batting performance may well be undone by poor bowling. Of course, this isn't true all the time- a great innings under pressure can take the match away, but sustained pressure will win out 7-8 times out of ten.
    If speed gun competitions were the true test of bowling, Shoaib Akhtar would have eclipsed everyone else. Sure, the West Indies bowlers are fast, but they aren't consistent. Whatever Lara and co. do, it has to be backed up by good bowling. Australia have the luxury of the best fail-safes in the world in McGrath and Warne.
    In the end, the West Indian bowling has to come to the plate if they are to beard the lion in its den. Don't write them off though- the Australian batting has not looked so vulnerable in a long time, and recently (prior to this match), the West Indian bowling has shown encouraging signs

    By Blogger djlykan, at 13:17  

  • Michael Holding says "Bravo must play..." http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,17141465-23212,00.html

    Lara is the most unlucky batsmen :

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 16:19  

  • clannzu: interesting point about Lara being more unlucky than SRT...I would have to dispute that :-)..wonder if someone can get the records for us!..lemme try cricinfo's S Rajesh

    By Blogger worma, at 17:02  

  • WRT Lara and SRT in Australia...
    what is so unlucky about being ass-bfore-wkt or helmet-bfore-wkt or leg-bfore-2nd-slip? is it too hard to believe that descendants of criminals will turn out to be daylight robbers?

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 01:56  

  • Since SG and GC both bring out xtreme reactions on the blogs here, and since selection has been such a hot topic in general, I thought I might add fuel to the fire by adding my two bit... Note, none of the following are from Calcutta journos like Sahi... And my idea is not to spam but to initiate a debate...


    Continuing on the mumbai mirror article... [stats from cricket archive dot com]

    Ranadeb Bose, before the latest 5-for [vs Zim A], in the last 10 FC matches has 8 3-fors:

    5-67 vs Railways
    6-75, 5-77 vs Gujarat
    3-50 vs Andhra
    5-53 vs Delhi
    4-79 vs Central Zone
    3-50 vs BCB XI
    4-45 vs North Zone

    45 wickets @ 22.xx average.

    while SreeSanth in his last 10 FC matches has just two 3-fors:

    3-79 vs England A
    5-103 vs Himachal Pradesh (a crap team)

    25 wickets @ 36.xx average.

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 01:57  

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