Sunday, March 16, 2008
Some Lessons To Learn From The Aussies..
Hmm..in the recently concluded commonwealth bank series,Australia had no other option than to lose to India.The debacle was almost expected,as Australians had an ego of suspending players irrespective of their talent and contribution to the team.Some players that come to my mind are..Michael Beaven,Jason Gillespie,Andy Bichel,Bradd Williams and much more..
All Australia did was to maintain the winning combination for reasons god knows.For the instance,Jason Gillespie last played for Australia in the match against Bangladesh,where he surprised everyone by scoring a double hundred inspite of being a nightwatchman.But,the outcome was that he was totally ignored by the selectors for any future tours by Australia.
Then we have Michael Beaven-whose batting average has been one of the best in the world.The man was found to contribute for Australia in crucial situations ,for instance in the world cup semis in 1996 against West Indies and in 1999 against South Africa.In 2003 world cup,it was only the effort of Michael Beaven due to which Australia broke the previous West Indies' record of winning 13 consecutive ODIs.Australia were reeling at 135/8 against England while chasing a target of 205.Then in the super six match against New Zealand,it was Michael Beaven who rescued Australia from 84/7 to 208/9.But,the last this man was found representing for the Australian team was way back in 2004 against Sri Lanka.
In the recently concluded commonwealth Bank Series,there was a need of a Beaven like batsmen during their chase of 259 in the second finals.A Bichael like bowler to support Brett Lee would have been more effective compared to Mitchel Jhonson, James Hopes and Stuart Clarke.
It is now left to the other teams to learn from the Aussie mistakes as well in addition to some from their world dominance.