Thursday, June 3, 2010

James Sutherland does have a point

Well if the chief executive of cricket Australia - James Sutherland is to be believed, Australia can one fine day have three different outfits, one each namely for tests, one day internationals and the T20s. So, if at all there is even a freak possibility, the ICC should be holding two different series' involving the same team which according to James Sutherland has to be Australia. Or else, another possibility can be tests, one dayers and T20 matches can be held parallel with once again Australia being the common team. Is this what James Sutherland means to say according to this?

The statement can also be taken like, Australia at present have an enormous talent which can see them send 45 players simultaneously if at all such a rare situation is bound to happen and still end up being victorious. This can well to some extent in today's cricket be considered to be true as far as Australia are considered. And, this would have been true to a greater extent some three years down the lane when they not only ended up victorious in the finals of the world cup in 2007 but also won 11 games in the tournament though they didn't face the like of India and Pakistan.

There would have hardly been any damn person who would have bet his money against Australia, no matter which team they were facing. Back in 2003, one can recall the way Australia emerged victorious despite their team being deceived from the services of Shane Warne, Shane Watson and Jason Gillespie in the initial stages of the tournament. Jason Gillispie had to head back home after giving his team a good start against India where he picked up 3 wickets to be adjudged the man of the match. His replacement - Andy Bichel came in handy for Australia in the match they most needed.

This was in the match against England where Australia were not only chasing a target of 204 set by England but also a 12th match that would have seen Australia overtaking the West Indies' tally of 11 consecutive wins in ODIs. In that match, Bichel grabbed 7 wickets giving away 20 runs and in addition, stood along side Michael Beaven in a 83 run partnership which had seen Australia at 135/8 at one stage. Though there were India & Sri Lanka in 2003 and 2007 world cups respectively on the otherhand playing their threatening part, Australia was totally invincible. Had there been another Australian team, it would not be wrong to say that the finals would have been between two Australian teams and not Oz vs Ind or Aus vs SL.

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