07 April 2011

Australia's warm-up game and a new Big Bash?

Australians vs Bangladesh Cricket Board XI --->> SCORECARD
Result: Australia won by 90 runs

*Brief thoughts on newly proposed Big Bash League at the end of the warm-up game views.
* CLICK HERE to view the Australian Players participating at the IPL (Indian Premier League) for 2011.

Okay, first off, I see there may have been some misunderstanding with regards to the reference on the scorecard stating, "Retired Hurt".
This is a warm-up match and quite often when a batsman has had a good hit out in the middle and feels they have some form, they will effectively retire to give another batsman a chance to have some time in the middle. However, for scorecard reference, it has to state "Retired hurt".
So Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke are okay, they aren't injured, they were just batting very well, so don't fret!
The Bangladeshi bowlers weren't unleashing a West-Indian 80s fast bowling movement of destruction and fear.

Having not watched the game and relying on a vivid bulletin, there seems to be plenty of positives to try and draw from.

BATTING: 6/308 from 50 overs
Shane Watson's low score I'm not even worried about. I firmly believe Watto has found his natural game so he will come right. Even if he has a streaky run this series, he will always come right. Our Vice-Captain has stated he's excited for what's ahead.

Brad Haddin was awesome in the World Cup being our top run scorer and really showing better discipline at the top of the order. He called it quits after scoring 66 runs from 61 deliveries with 38 of those runs in boundaries.

Ricky Ponting has followed on from his Quarter final century and his first "unofficial" game without the Captaincy, with what has been declared a fluent innings of 69 runs. Having not seen it all I will say is that's a damn good sight!

Michael Clarke also retired after scoring at a run a ball with 56. If anything, it's a good start for the Skipper and he's certainly upped his momentum for scoring in limited overs cricket at a good strike-rate. He's batting with elegance and if Michael can bring both aggression to his batting and his leadership, he's off to a good start.

Michael Hussey was the other bloke who did his job out there. Huss will be off on IPL duty after this series so he'll be digging deep to find his craft and bat with a blend of Twenty20 power and his usual ODI antics. I don't think Huss is done with limited overs cricket. He's rarely slumped into a hole with 50 over cricket as opposed to Test cricket.

Cam White continues his struggles, while Steven Smith was run-out. I am a bit upset that Callum Ferguson isn't being given further opportunities given he is our next best option to that of Michael Hussey. Stevo is probably being given the nod for further attempts to enhance his all-rounder potential and see where his area of focus should be, but I don't see why Fergal should be neglected. I hope he gets a chance...and I hope Cam White gets some runs soon! Well, he has an IPL stint coming to try and just let loose and maybe find some confidence in that arena.

All in all, a decent batting performance. I'm not too worried about our batting this series. There will be tests come the slower bowling department, but with runs on the board our bowlers have an easier task. Again, it's hard to really draw a structured opinion having not seen the game.

BOWLING: Bangladesh Cricket Board XI 7/218 from 50 overs.
The big news is John Hastings took a hat-trick. Two LBWs gave him the achievement and he did a job similar to something James Hopes was doing for us a few seasons back. Hasto doesn't overcomplicate things and using his height he can be a deceptive medium-pacer, so it's good to see him get a chance.
He returned figures of 4-15 from 7 overs. Sensational stuff and he essentially got the bowlers back on track.

On the topic of hat-tricks, did any of you see that New Zealand State match where the one bloke took 5 wickets in one over? Click here to take a look at the scorecard.

Brett Lee bowled economically and I bet he gave it his utmost best with burning ambition for the Green & Gold. What a Champ! After the way he bowled in that Group game versus Pakistan, it gave me even more respect for Binga. Hard to believe.

Mitchell Johnson grabbed two wickets. How the radar was, I'm not sure, but I really want to see Mitch find his destructive mode again. Especially in Test cricket.
Xavier Doherty was the other wicket-taker and he was expensive but it was a warm-up game for him in the sub-continent.
Watto was economical, as was Cameron White who was given the chance to have a bowl out. How about it? What's the plan? Bowl a few overs, get some wickets, get the confidence metre up to 100%?

The win was a good one and with the focus in Australia shifting to AFL and Rugby, I hope the cricket loyalists will find time to support our boys.
It is just three ODIs but this is the start of the next chapter.
We have a break before the real challenges kick in for both the Baggy Green and Green & Gold representatives with series against Sri-Lanka and South Africa.

The Green & Gold celebrate. John Hastings is the man of the moment. Hope he can deliver the goods again in the 3 ODIs!

© Associated Press

I will end this article stating that I am quite shocked and somewhat embarrassed with Cricket Australia's release of this Big Bash league proposal.
The team names apparently had alot of thought. I will be honest, it's a PR move because the names are crap and the concept isn't anything special.
I have been reading a few forum comments and so far it seems fair to say the supporters aren't really behind it.
The Big Bash was so damn successful recently, why change it?
The interest is there, the teams have an identity and the opportunity for growth within the existing model is in a healthy state.

Besides, I don't want to refer to my team the South Australian REDBACKS as the Adelaide Strikers. What a crappy name, and spare a thought for the Queensland BULLS supporters....Brisbane Heat? Seriously.

Cricket Australia, please facilitate the game and improve the quality, passion, interest and development for Sheffield cricket and general limited overs cricket. Don't try to compete with the IPL...you have zero chance purely based on numbers.
And lastly, it starts at school level to the Clubs, who need the support.
This article by Stuart Clark was like the cricket gospel to me. Read it, embrace it and see the logic.

They did produce a very cool graphic representing the proposed change, but I'm not interested in it. Call me a pessimist, but I don't see the point. I just don't. I only see a focus on bottom-line and a desire to compete with the IPL.

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Lou said...

Exactly what I thought. WA has only one team and they couldn't call them the Warriors? Mickey Arthur is coaching them for goodness sakes. And I bet Shaun Marsh opens and Marcus North is the skipper.

That pr puff article from CA was quite frankly revolting to read.

Ian said...

Yes Lou. So far the opinions I keep getting is that this is an idea that will not be embraced.
I hope they realise it.

The thing I find the most amusing is that they apparently put so much thought into the team names and colour schemes. I'm so sorry but if that's what they pride themselves on doing the last few weeks/months, we have reason to worry.
Two Ashes series lost, some scratchy cricket and a prety average Domestic season, I would think that'd be the area to work on and just improve the existing T20 model a bit.
Sometimes things just need to be tweaked.

Exactly, one team...why not the Warriors? We know these teams as they are.
Brisbane Heat HAHAHAHAHA!

Ian said...

Oh yeah, send me an Email when you got a chance Lou. Cheers.

Sylvester said...

Makes you wonder what Hastings could have done in the WC. Nice to see Clarke having faith in giving White a bowl. Needs to get his batting sorted though.

Ian said...

Hey Sly

Yeah, Hasto over Tait, makes you wonder bro!

What an innings by Clarke. Pity for Punter as he was batting so well (runout again) but Michael batted so well and what a way to bring up the ton, a six bashed to long on, awesome.

So, Cam White tried although I feel one good innings will pull him back, some additional bowling duties will make him feel more valued and an IPL stint will allow him a hitout.
Steven Smith (I know he's your boy Sly) is just not getting it.

Give Callum Ferguson a go, as I stated in this article. The longer he sits out on tour the more worry it will bring for when he gets out there. He needs game time, I don't why Stevo is the golden boy.
Tim Paine needs a hit out too.

Lou said...

Ian, by PM is there somewhere to PM you here on the blog or do you want me to send you an email?

Ian said...

Hi Lou

Rather send me an Email: