Sunday, February 05, 2006

C'mon Aussie, C'mon...

Todays effort by the Aussies at the SCG was great. Watching Gillchrist take charge from the very first ball and score 88 off only 66 balls was nothing short of brilliance. The action didn't stop there. Onto Ponting who scored an also brilliant 72 off 61 balls. Then came Martyn's great stand of 79 off 75 balls. Hussey also made a great contribution in the closing overs, scoring 47 off 33 balls.

All in all it was the Aussie team at their very best with the bat. Katich, Symonds and Clarke never looked quite comfortable at the crease but they did their job in handing the strike to the attacking batsman whenever possible. The target for the South Africans was set at a very high 345, a required run rate of 6.88.

Onto the bad news. The South African innings showed how reliant the Aussies are on Glenn McGrath, allowing the Proteas to score at 5.88 runs per over for a total of 6/287 is quite dangerous. This must concern the selectors heading towards the World Cup in March next year. Lee is a good bowler but has always been expensive due his propensity for stray balls outside off stump.

Where is the next McGrath going to come from?

Is there anyone playing in the domestic series right now that can hit a A4 sized patch at 140-150 kmh 9 times out of 10?

1 comment:

Nick said...

I agree on the bowling front. There is no one in Australia that can replace McGrath at this stage. I am hoping the trials with Dorey, Clarke, Bracken etc will give the selectors the opportunity to evaluate them under match conditions and make the right decision when the time comes. We need to find a replacement, not replacements.