It's Ready to handle the heat
Thursday is going to be one hell of a day for cricket fans around the world. First there is The Ashes where World No.3 & No.4 would battle for pride and history and then world No.1 & No.2 would battle for supremacy.OK,lets get down to ashes first.The WACA ,Perth is going to play host for the most crucial third test that too after the Aussies going down 1-0 in the series after the Adelaide debacle. The Perth has gained tremendous expectations all because of the problems in selection and many see this test would ultimately seal the fate of the series and the main reason above all is the craziness revolving around the selection committee and the further more craziness courtesy selection of the rookie spinner . Lets , get down to the bottom of the test now
This test for some reason does not seem one-sided (at least for me!), even though England made the Aussies eat dust the last match with an innings victory the match is still poised because the Aussies are struggling because of two spinners, one they don’t have and another the English have and Perth gives you a seaming wicket were the spinners would be required to turn their finger’s or arm’s or wrist’s to an angle of 360 degree if they want to get some purchase of that thing called pitch. So, the point is the much criticized and much spoke about selection of Beer would all be gone for waste as he poses a minimal chance of playing the test except as a substitute. Mitch and hilfenhaus are in serious contention it seems and the Aussies would be stacking up their depleted bowling attack with 4 seamer’s and for sure Ponting would already be ready and started inquiring about the fine amount for slow over rate Harris would be the fourth bowler along with Siddle and in the part of England the bowling department would not be shuffled at all as Anderson is also back after the birth of his second child . Graeme Swann will definitely be in the scheme of things for the English whether it is Perth or even the highways, Swann has increased his reputation and so as a major strile bowler for the English.
The batting of both the teams would not be that shuffled except for Phil hughes replacing the injured Katich. Let’s see what Phil can do ,watson the other solid batsmen would go on to hit another 50 and not more than that , Ponting if he isn’t the skipper he definitely would not be in the squad,clarke showed some class in his lat innings which went in vein, Huss is the Wizard of Oz saving them,Haddin is their only option and he looks good both behind and beyonf the stumps.
The England batting is in it’s ripest form with all the top 4 batsmen scoring centuries in the last two matches , clooingwood and bell have some ground to cover and prior showed promise in the practice match and their not much of a problem we see here as there are players who can play the pull shot @ will which would be needed for handling the short ones which would be delivereed @ will .
Lets Hope”Barmy Army and Oz fans and cricket lover’s around the world get the real taste of The Ashes ”
187 cms and not wickets...
While the news of Shane Warne’s much anticipated and supported comeback to the Aussie side for the ashes . The selection of Michael Beer has silently overtaken the news corner undermining Warne’s comeback.Many ask me” what’s the surprise factor in it” . The surprise factor is that it is Australia, which gave Haydos,Huss,Gilchrist,and many other great players their opportunity in only their 30’s and Australian selection is always known for its iron hands and people say in reply”Warner made his debut without even playing a single first class match “. But Warner mad his debut in a T20 match and still yet to play a test match.
The reasons for the raising eyebrows on Beer’s selection is that
He has just played only 5 first class matches and just now being considered as a regular in his first class side
Ashes is no series for any kind of testing the bench strength or can be considered a series for dress rehearsal for the world cup
The next test is being played in Perth and not a perfect start for any spinner in the world.(even Warne would struggle!)
Hauritz is surely better experienced and a proven spinner to be included in the ashes rather than Beer.
Height a criteria for a spinner?
Last of all, Is he really considered for a place in the world cup
If Beer starts in the Perth test ,he would accompany doherty as the second spinner for the Aussies to make a debut this series . This selection of Beer surely exposes the poor condition of Spin in Australia after Warne hung his boots and as all of you know, the “world cup” is played in the sub-continent and spinners would have the final say in the spinner friendly conditions in India, Srilanka & Bangladesh.
Beer after getting selected in the 12 man squad .Now, will get 100,000 $ for the match and as per the Aussie contract will get 210,000 $.
That’s one rich Bloke
After the first two tests and the dismal performance from the Aussies the Oz media is not at all kind enough to their home side and the poorest and greatest minus point of the series is the dropping of Mitchel johnson because of the media pressure and letting a sure shot probable for the world cup is a blind blunder in the part of the Aussies there by blunting his confidence and this decision comes after only one match of dismal performance when they have a huge problem of not having a good spinner for the world cup . In my perspective, even Hauritz should not have been dropped in the first place as this is not the time for CA to shuffle players as the World cup is nearing and Ashes would have given Hauritz the much needed experience to be in the list of World cup.
It’s Simple ” Trust the Devil you know, rather than a Devil you Do not Know”.
From this series one thing is for sure the Aussies are not planning on for a fourth consecutive Cup glory . England on the other hand enjoys the support from the media of both the countries and are doing their team selection based on their board’s panel of experts and not on media panel experts as the Oz do. Australia,i do not see them winning a single match in the series unless miraculously some player single handedly rises to the occasion.