It’s been a while between articles, but who can blame us? The T20 world cup hardly registers an interest in Australia unless we were to make it out of the group and the IPL… Well, the IPL won’t raise an eyebrow until there is a telecast available again. I actually started out with good intentions to follow it this year, but the longer the tournament went on, and the more runs Warner scored, the angrier I became. How can our national T20 team be so crap yet perform consistently when millions of dollars are thrown at them.
It busts my balls at times. I guess the selectors tried their hardest not to hurt anyone’s feelings by leaving them out of the team, so they just included them all. I’d like to say lesson will be learned, but I’ll believe that when it happens.
The other reason we have had a break is because we are currently designing our Cricket Fans United app, which has been a learning curve to say the least. With any luck it should be available for the start of the Aussie summer. With the major hurldes done and dusted, we should have time to get back into the full swing of international cricket again.
So, onto the tri series between Australia, South Africa and the Windies.
Firstly, how good is it to see a tri series again? They used to be the bread and butter of yearly ODI competition, but with the growth of T20 and the squeeze of scheduling, they have become non-existent. Memories of Bevan and Co. finishing the summer off with a tri-series win had become the seasonal cherry on top after our test team had done a number on whoever was touring. Even better was when we had Australia ‘A’ competing in a quad-series and we would see the final and all-Australian affair.
There is a real chance of an extremely close competition in the Carribbean starting tomorrow. If all teams turn up, it is an extremely close contest. The problem of course starts when we analyse the teams further. The decline of South Africa’s test side has been steep. If this doubles over in to their ODI team, they could have their pants pulled down.
The Windies at any stage could set a world record for the best or worst perfomances on the same day. And, Australia really can only lose. If they win the series it will probably be a shrug of the shoulders from the public, followed by ‘it was a pointless series anyway’. If we lose, some individuals had better watch out. Im looking at you Maxwell and Warner. Why Maxwell? If he doesn’t start putting up CONSISTENT performances, we will want him dragged through the streets so we can smash him with rotten fruit. And Warner? He is coming off the back of serious form in the IPL and if that doesn’t continue he too will be cut down as we like to do with tall poppies.
Hopefully we see Starc get through unscathed and with some control. I’m not too concerned about his pace on this tour, just that he is putting it in the right areas. For me, this tour is good way to dust off the cobwebs for the test players on some slower pitches before the real cricket starts again; the Sri Lankan tour.
To kick things off its Windies against South Africa at 3am EST tomorrow morning, and Windies V Australia on the morning of the 6th June. It looks like Foxtel has the telecast covered, despite the unfortunate time differences, at least we dont have to listen channel 9 commentary.