September 12, 2008

Symonds Loses His Place

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:50 pm by techtwist

After a fortnight long drama and debate, Andrew Symonds has been left out the Australian team which will be touring India later this month. CA has made a clear statement that they will not tolerate any nonsense stuffs even if it is from a senior player which is a pretty good move. But then I personally feel that they’ve gone a step further as he had already been sent home during the Bangladesh series which in itself is a great insult.

What this has done is that the Australians will be without one of their better weapons against the Indian spinners. The very fact that Symonds has averaged about 77 in the last 12 months of test cricket displays the genuine touch he is in. Also, this line up will be short of another spinner in Symonds as he is very capable with the bal specially when the wicket helps him.

This opens up the spot for Shane Watson who would want to grab this opportunity with both hands. What a chance for him to flourisha the test level? This is soemthing that he was looking forward to. There are loads of fresh faces in this Australian team and the surprise inclusion has been that of the 36 year old leg spinner, Bryce McGain. This is not quite the Australian style. He is making his debut and obviously must be talented enough to make it to the big level. McGain has been the best bowler in the last season and his success has earned him the spot.

Just take at look at this Australian squad. In this, only four members (Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich, Michael Clarke) were a part of the previous team that toured India.

Squad : Matthew Hayden, Phil Jaques, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Brett Lee, Jason Krejza, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Bryce McGain, Stuart Clark, Doug Bollinger

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August 28, 2008

The Don Liked Gilly’s Ability

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Sir Donald Bradman was a special player and the World speaks of him still. Recently his family and CA celebrated his centenary. The Australian players were invited for a lunch. All of them spoke of so many things thats happening in World Cricket. Gilly was asked whether the emergence of T20 would thrash Test cricket and he striaght away said a no.

He said the World had survived the threat of ODI and World Series a few decades ago and hence even this would be overcome even though T20 is booming into a real big one. He is bound to lead the Deccan Chargers next year. He also admitted that he enjoyed playing Cricket in India. He has never met the Don before. John Bradman said,”He thought his ability was absolutely second to none and that his modesty and integrity was of the very highest order.” John Bradman is the Don’s son.

April 10, 2008

Shaun Tait Is Set For A Comeback

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , at 6:54 pm by techtwist

Shaun Tait looked a happy man when he said he was hungry to get back to Cricket and start doing what he knows best, pick up wickets. He had quit International Cricket indefinitely in January and said he wanted to spend time for himself after a poor show at Perth against the Indians. Even then, he was given a Central Contract by Cricket Australia.

Shaun Tait also said that he was very disappointed with the media when they said he was suffering from depression. He said “I didn’t get diagnosed with depression although a few media people have been displaying that. I get annoyed with the media. They cause a hell of a lot of problems in general. I don’t think the media realise what they do to people’s lives. They ruin people.” That surely shows how hurt he was.

He also said “It’s given me a massive desire to come back and play cricket rather than concentrate on other things in my life and have a crack for a few years.I am the only South Australian with a [Cricket Australia] contract and have a point to prove.” Clearly he knows what his job is. Thats a positive sign for both, himself and Cricket Australia. He is scheduled for a comeback in T20 competitions in English County in a couple of weeks time.