George Bailey at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup
Australia’s ICC World Twenty20 Tournament came to a close on Friday night on the back of a large 74-run loss to the West Indies. Chris Gayle led the charge and helped the Windies post 205. Australia never looked like threatening them, aside from a knock of 63 from captain George Bailey.
After scintillating and crushing form in their first four games, the Aussies seemed to “tone” things down against Pakistan, scraping through to the semi-finals on net run rate. Against the West Indies, the firepower of Gayle was the key in setting up a monstrous victory.
Having come into the tournament ranked 9th, the Aussies looked the goods until their Super 8 match against Pakistan, where the question was raised: ‘what do Australia care about?’ after their appalling loss to Pakistan.
It will also serve as a reasonable base coming into the Australian summer, which commences next month.
Here is a review of each player that took to the field for Australia: Continue reading
Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc
Australia’s Super Eight victory against South Africa leaves one more task-Pakistan, tomorrow night at 8pm AEST. With Shane Watson in scintillating form (234 runs at 78.00) topping both the batting and bowling lists, Australia, ranked 9th coming into the tournament, now sit as possible favourites to take out the trophy.
With Mitchell Starc (6 wickets) and Mike Hussey (45 not out against South Africa) now having some considerable game time under their belts, the Australians will go in with every chance of a semi final berth. Continue reading
Shane Watson grabbed his third man of the match award in as many games as Australia cruised to a nine wicket win against India in Colombo overnight.
Watson scored 72 (including seven sixes) and earlier claimed 3/34 with the ball as Australia tested India with tight bowling and pressure. Irfan Pathan was India’s highest scorer with 31. Continue reading
Australia’s next World Twenty20 match is against India on Friday at Colombo. While the Aussies had to chase down 191 against the West Indies in a rain-affected match, India will be a much tougher task, given their squad depth. Continue reading
Australia’s second and final group stage match is against the West Indies at midnight September 23 AEST.
For Australia, their seven wicket win over cricketing minnows Ireland will serve as a confidence booster when they face a much tougher West Indies outfit. With explosive opener Chris Gayle back in the side after a pay dispute, the line-up is looking much more threatening.