A bit of a quicker way of delivering the tour stats but here's the run down for the best performing Australian players for the Commonwealth Bank Series against Sri Lanka and India.
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David Warner really brought out the best of his abilities towards the later stages of the competition. Another testament that he can handle pressure and has finally reached the century mark in ODI cricket after his rewarding summer of Test cricket. He scored back to back centuries and nearly reached a half-century in the final. It's great to see him find his own way.
David Hussey has had issues with inconsistency when playing for Australia but he can be regarded as our most valuable player during the early stages of the tournament.
He can deliver brilliant limited over displays with the ball in hand (why doesn't he bowl more often?) and his batting was aggressive, showing his bulls-eye instinct to take on any bowler. He scored the second most runs for Australia.
Michael Clarke performed strongly in the few games he played while Matt Wade made a serious impression with the bat in hand, having had to deal with a few shuffles within the batting order. His keeping standards slipped a bit towards the end of the tournament (as did our fielding and bowling in general) but he brought energy to the side and overall I thought he did an excellent job during his first campaign as the keeper of choice. Come the final match of the tournament he was at his best and he is in the Windies!
Peter Forrest scored his maiden century when stepping in for Ricky Ponting at number three but, like David Hussey of previous years, he was inconsistent. 1 century and 2 half-centuries in your first series is a successful one in my books.
The bowling was hit and miss this series. Early stages the boys were lethal with Brett Lee and Ben Hilfenhaus troubling India in particular. Clint McKay then came out of nowhere and in the nick of time to grab 5 wickets in the final to get us over the finish line. Dan Christian, who took a hat-trick, was able to showcase his all-rounder abilities in his first ODI series for Australia and certainly has a place for improvement as he defines his individual role within the side.
The series was won and it ended a summer with many memories for us to take away.
The Windies series begins soon and when I have a chance I will be writing an article for you to fill you in on who to watch out for from the opposition camp.
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