Australian cricket is doing well, despite the doomsayers
We bat first, get the raw end of the seamers’ pineapple and lose with 15 to spare…and everyone thinks the Aussie cricket team is in crisis. Oh for goodness sake, cricket fans, grow up.
So Brett Lee, Shane Watson and Pat Cummins go down. That’s bad luck, nothing more.
It also opens up opportunities for quicks like Mitch Johnson, Mitch Starc, Pete Siddle, Alister McDermott, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ryan Harris and Gary Putland to name a few.
Injury is a never ending reminder that cricket is a squad game and that the cream rises to the top. Bats like Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Rob Quiney, Liam Davis and even Phil Hughes, Aaron Finch, Travers Birt, Callam Ferguson, Mike Klinger will be rubbing their hands with the prospect of vying for a spot in any Australian team.
Tim Paine will see an opening as the next keeper as he watches Wade struggle. So will Triffet from Tasmania and Brad Haddin.
Allrounders like Mitch Marsh and Dan Christian will be licking their chops.
Spinners like Jon Holland, Nathan Hauritz, Mike Beer and Nathan Lyon will be overjoyed at Xavier Doherty’s ordinary form. Secretly, of course.
If you want a nice, warm fuzzy feeling you can wander around thinking that we MUST have Watson, Cummins, Lee, Ponting, Hussey M and a whole host of people to have a chance to win, but the truth is we need 30 players vying to play for Australia, not just the old brigade. We need them to COMPETE for spots. To score runs, to take catches, to bowl people out.
And we need them fit and in form every time they play….which is what England has been doing for four years now.
Where did England “find” these great players? Are Bell, Cook, Kieswetter, Anderson, Bresnan, Morgan all overnight sensations?
They found ‘em the same place we found them, playing cricket in the counties and the grades and the schools and the colleges, and they put them in development squads and made it a competitive environment.
We’ve been living off the “freaks” tag for far too long now. Where is Warnie, where is Gilly, where is Hades, where is Pidgeon, where is Dizzy?
We keep living in the past and thinking, “the good old days of flogging the Poms can’t be over, can they?”
It might seem like a sausage factory to you but the next Brett Lee and Shane Watson are already playing for their states in the Sheffield Shield.
And the next winning Australian team is only nano seconds away. Go and have a Bex and a good lie down and when you wake up Cricket Australia will have winning teams in 20-20, 50-50 and Tests for you.
There, you feel better already right?