Recent performances in world Twenty20 cricket – especially with the ball – has got me thinking; is there anyone in a national side that still knows how to bowl a good yorker or land it on an uncertain length for a batsman consistently?
Well, it is that time of year again. The time where obsessed cricket fanatics (such as myself) sit down, ponder for hours, and then finally write some sort of scribble about the top players for the year.
This is a first for me, and I’ve decided to pick 13 players worldwide who will make up my inaugural World XIII. They are in no particular order.
When some of you read this, you might ask ‘where’s Brendon McCullum, or perhaps Hashim Amla?’ Yes, I did consider them, but in my mind didn’t make the cut for 2012. Their years were both excellent and helped lead their teams to some great victories, but in my mind they were beaten by others for consistency and other similar factors. Add to the fact that picking just thirteen players is extremely difficult.
With Daniel Vettori injured and having to pull out of the Heat campaign, and Cricket South Africa not willing to release paceman Dale Steyn for his one-off game, the Brisbane Heat will be needing to make a couple of changes to its squad.
Attention turns to the WACA on Friday as the third and final test between Australia and South Africa gets underway.
It has been a test of endurance and fitness this series, as bowlers and batters alike have toiled in the middle for hours on end.
For the Australians, the side injury to James Pattinson is a bitter blow for both the paceman and the Australian team. After being injured last summer, Pattinson will once again sit on the sidelines for the majority of Australia’s summer campaign.
Here’s a look at the areas for both teams in which could prove vital in Perth:
(At the time of writing, the squad is unconfirmed)
Adelaide Oval will see a very fierce battle begin on Thursday, as the Aussies take on South Africa in the second test.
With the first match at the Gabba ending in a draw, Michael Clarke will be looking to put the South Africans back in their box. Having had the entirety of Day 2 of the first test washed out, making the chance of an outright result small, both teams will be looking to stamp their mark on the series. Continue reading Cricket: Australia v South Africa: Second Test Preview→
Hobart’s cricketing “purple power” is back for BBL|02 and primed to make another run for the finals. The Hurricanes welcome back a strong team from BBL|01, including a couple of new signings, and some players who have made the move from other teams.
The Hurricanes first game is against the Brisbane Heat on December 9. Let’s take a look at some key players and stats for the upcoming season:
Ricky Ponting: “Punter” was limited to just one game in the inaugural Big Bash League season due to international commitments. The veteran 37 year old will be back once again to add strength and experience to a strong batting line-up. Never backs down from a pull or hook shot, and is a sublime timer of the ball. Reinvigorated form after last summer but must keep going to ensure national spot. Continue reading Cricket: Under The Microscope: Hobart Hurricanes→