Australia -Windies should be a cracker
Three games are down for decision on Saturday between Scotland and
New Zealand, Australia playing West Indies and Bangladesh clashing with
India in the ICC World Cup Twenty20 tournament.
Scotland meet New Zealand at 10 a.m BST (2.30 p.m Sri Lanka time).
Australia v West Indies 13.30 BST p.m.- 6 p.m. SL time and Bangladesh -
India 17.30 BST (7 p.m SL time).
Scotland and New Zealand are in Group D.Austrtalia and Wesrt Indies
in Group C and Bangladesh and India in Group A.
The first two games will be played at the Kennington Oval and the
third game at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
The best clash will undoubtedly be the one between Australia and the
cricketers from the Caribbean. The teams are led by two of the best
batting stars in the game today, Ricky Ponting and Chrys Gayle.
Both have the ability to bash any attack and how they go could have a
baring as to the outcome of the game. Ponting is more of a stylist while
Gayle is power and big hitting. The difference between the two as
captains is that Ponting is a clever thinker and motivator, while Gayle
waits for thinks to happen.
As for the Australians they play as a team and every individual
supports the captain.
The Windies in comparison are brilliant indivudals, but rarely play
as a unit. So a close analysis will show that the kangaroos are way
ahead - baring the glorious uncertainties of the game.
As for Ponting’s men, batting first or second would not matter. They
have a well drilled team and whatever the situation are well equipped to
deliver the knockout punch.
Australia who are the holders of the 50 over World Cup and the
Will be thirsting to engrave their name in this trophy too and there
is no reason why they should not. In the previous tournament in South
Africa, the Aussies lost in the semis. They will forget that setback as
they attempt to grab the trophy this time.
To add muscle to the Aussie batting is the skipper, David Warriner,
Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, David and Michael Hussey and Shane Watson.
Left arm seamer Nathan Bracken will spearhead the Aussie attack with
support from Mitchell Johnson, Shane Watson, James Hopes and probably
off spinner Nathan Hauritz if he plays.
Windies will look to Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo and
Denesh Ramdin for runs and the bowling will be in the hands of Jerome
Taylor, Bravo, Darren Samy and Fidel Edwards. The Windies could probably
go in with spinner Sulieman Benn.
The teams will look to field brilliantly. My money is on Australia.
Lord”s, London, Friday