Australia has decided to use David Warner in a new batting position in the shortest format of the game.
The powerful left hander has been batting at no. 4 in the ongoing series against South Africa.
And, he has done enough in the first couple of games to encourage the team management to keep him slotted at that position.
He along with Glenn Maxwell won Australia the game yesterday at Wanderers from a very tough situation.
Yes, it was a bowler’s graveyard, the wicket and the boundaries were not bigger than the ones in the backyard Cricket either, but, given the pressure of the situation, a master class was needed from Warner and he did produce one.
The required run rate was almost touching twelve at the time Maxwell and Warner got together and South Africa just needed a spell of 15-20 deliveries at that stage to get the target virtually out of the control of the visitors.
But, Warner just did not allow that. From the first ball itself, the manner in which he took the chase on, it was an absolute exhibition of power hitting.
The ongoing test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Western Australia Cricket Ground would be Mitchell Johnson’s last.
The left arm quick from Queensland called time on his career in all forms of Cricket earlier today.
He made the announcement in the press conference post the end of the 4th day’s play in Perth.
Not too many people were backing Johnson to keep on playing in whites for a long period of time anyway, considering the fact that he was ageing and was not quite being able to bowl with the same sort of gas. It was believed the retirement was on the horizon.
But, for him to leave the scenes with instant effect without even waiting for the series to get over, it was slightly surprising.
As per Johnson, he was starting to lack the necessary amount of hunger a player needs to have to represent Australia and thus, he came to the conclusion that the time had arrived for him to make the exit.
Johnson would like to burst for one last time tomorrow and try and see if he can take Australia to victory on a belter of a wicket in Perth.
Paul Farbrace, Trevor Bayliss’ assistant, has backed Eoin Morgan to regain his place in the test team.
Morgan has not featured in whites for England for more than 3 years.
His last test match was against Pakistan in February 2012.
He had struggled immensely against the Pakistani bowlers on the square turning pitches of Emirates at that time. .
England suffered a 3-0 whitewash and Morgan proved to be the scapegoat despite the fact that he was not the only one to be amongst the low scores in that particular series.
He has been quite a regular as far as the limited over games are concerned and is now even in charge of the English side.
But, in 5-day Cricket, the door still seems to be closed on him.
The Middlesex left hander is not on the fringes as far as the selection in the test team is concerned.
However, according to Farbrace, Morgan’s consistency in the One Day Internationals and the T20s might bring him in consideration for the longer formats too.
Speaking to a channel, Farbrace said, “Eoin has recently had a good series as batsman and captain and if he keeps going like this, his comeback in the tests might not be that far away. I hundred percent believe he still has it in him.”
The defeat in Cardiff has put big question marks over some of the underperforming players of the Australian Cricket team.
The likes of Shane Watson who have been in there merely on reputation for the recent few months are in the firing line now.
It’s not that Watson’s performance was the sole reason why Australia went down.
The two big guys at the top of the order i.e. Warner and Smith and the captain Michael Clarke himself did not contribute either.
But, the knives are out for Watson because he has been letting the team down for quite some time.
He has lost his effectiveness as a bowler and as a batsman too, he is not someone whom you can trust to do the job for you.
The New South Welshman has developed so many weaknesses in his game that he is almost not good enough to bat at 6 in high intensity games like the Ashes ones.
There is an able replacement for Watson in the form of Mitchell Marsh as far as Australia is concerned.
Marsh got a couple of hundreds in the practice games and was actually on the verge of leapfrogging Watson for the selection in the Cardiff test match.
But, because it was the start of the series, the selectors probably decided to put their faith in the experience of Watson.
After absolutely dominating the World Cup, the Australian players have set their eyes on Ashes now and they are almost certain that they would end up retaining the urn in UK this summer.
Steve Smith, One of Australia’s many World Cup heroes, sounded pretty ruthless the other day during his interview to an Indian daily about Ashes.
According to Smith, if the current compositions of the two teams i.e. Australia and England are compared, the former looks much better.
Australia has not been able to win an Ashes series in England for a long, long time and thus, the desperateness of their players to break the ice this time around can be understood.
But, despite having a very strong squad, it would not be that straightforward a task for the Kangaroos to beat England in England and the simple reason for that is the playing conditions.
The overhead conditions in England would always be tricky and to add to that, the surfaces would not be as quick as the Aussies are used to play on.
To get the wickets, the bowlers will have to rely more on swing than pace and that’s where, one might think, the Three Lions are slightly ahead.