Last week Wednesday evening, at the Basin Blast, saw the Melbourne Stars go on to defeat the Wellington Firebirds.
In a chase of 169 for victory, Luke Wright, Melbourne’s English import bludgeoned the attack of the Firebirds to all parts, as he went on to score 112 from 63 balls.
During his knock, Wright was able to clobber eight sixes and nine fours, all at an ease, even as a substantial crowd of spectators watched from the banks of the Basin Reserve.
From the start of the match, Wright was at his very best as he pushed on to give Melbourne a quick start into their chase of 169.
If he was not on hand to provide catching chances to those at the bank, he was out sending out such savage blows towards the base of the Museum Stand that seemed determined to check its structural integrity.
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.
Australian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus has said that he is desperately waiting for the Ashes series of 2013. Hilfenhaus said that Australia has lost two consecutive Ashes series and he was a part of both the Ashes losing squad. He said that he doesn’t want to lose the Ashes for the third time. As per Hilfenhaus, nothing is more disgusting than losing the Ashes.
Hilfenhaus, who had come to play in the ODI series against England, said that it always gives extreme satisfaction to beat England. He said that the Australian team wasn’t able to perform that well in the ODI series, but this experience would help the players when they will come to play in the Ashes next year. After playing in this series, the players have got an idea of those things which they would have to improve if they have to do well in the Ashes.
On being asked about his role in the team, Hilfenhaus said that he is a swing bowler and his main job is to swing the new ball and provide some early wickets to the team. He said that he attacks the batsmen as long as the new ball swings. Once the ball loses its shine and stops swinging, he just tries to maintain a steady line and length and let the other bowlers attack the batsmen.
Hilfenhaus said that he has performed well in the test matches till now, but, he has not been able to perform that well in the shorter formats of the game. According to Hilfenhaus, he has to work a bit on his death bowling. Hilfenhaus said that he doesn’t want to be considered as a test match specialist. He wants to add versatility to his game. He is working hard in the nets and hopefully, he would become a permanent member of the Australian ODI team pretty soon.