Friday, January 28, 2011

Team Review – Australia

Starting today I will review all the main teams in the lead up to the Icc Cricket World Cup, Lets start with last years champions Australia.


Batting

Strengths – Shane Watson at the top of the order can win matches on his own. The middle order of White and Hussey brothers are in form and are excellent finishers. The experience of Ponting and Clarke might be crucial for them to succeed.

Weakness – The batting is plagued by injuries to Ponting and M. Hussey. Also the form of Clarke and Ponting has been woeful recently. So it will be interesting to see if the injured players can get to the park fully fit and also if Ponting and Clarke can get themselves some runs and leave their bad form behind. As things stand, the team depends too much on Watson and White presently.

Rating – 6/10

Bowling

Strengths – They have opted for raw pace in Lee, Tait and Johnson. Bollinger can be very effective with his variations on the sub-continental tracks. But the major strength is that they all can reverse swing the ball at great pace.

Weakness – the pace of Lee, Tait and Johnson can be used by the batsman to score quickly on the slow tracks. They can also be wayward and are known to leak runs. Nathan Hauritz, their only main spinner in the 15 man squad is currently nursing a dislocated shoulder.

Rating – 6/10

Fielding

Strengths – The Aussies are always known for their agility on the field. They always save 30-40 runs and can get the team a wicket or two when required. The likes of White, Hussey brothers and Watson are electric in the field.

Weakness – I do not see too many weaknesses in the fielding department but the injuries to some of the key players can have an adverse effect.

Rating – 7.5/10

Overall Summary


You can never count the Aussies out. They are known for their fighting spirit and you underestimate them at your own peril. They will surely give in their all to lay their hands on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 for the fourth successive time!!

Rating – 6/10

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