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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Australia out of T20 World cup 2009

The 50-over champions and the team which has ruled the test cricket for more than a decade has theoretically become the worst team in ICC World Twenty20 2009. Loosing two out of two matches in group stage, Australia has become the second team after Bangladesh to be out of T20 World cup. Its performance is lot poorer than teams like Ireland and Netherlands apart from other top nations.

Reasons why Australia got out of T20 World cup 2009 so early:

i)Poor fixture and group division of ICC World Twenty20: The division of group is just based on the performance of teams in T20 format of the game which has a very short history. In one of the group you find India, Bangladesh and Ireland and in other West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia. One of the team in Australia's group was sure to be out from first stage. The performance in T20 should not have been the basis of group division.

ii) The magic of Gayle and Mendis : Chris Gayle and Ajantha Mendis are two players in world cricket today when in touch are completely uncontrollable. Chris Gayle, the West Indies' captain played an unbelievable inning showing ruthless hitting against bowlers like Brett Lee. On the other hand, Ajantha Mendis whom Australia faced for the first time was superb with the ball. No batsman including Ricky Ponting, Watson, Hussey couldn't read him. I think Australia were unlucky to face Mendis for the first time in such an important match. Click here to know in detail about Mendis' bowling.

iii) Selection of Australian team: Austalia didn't have much difference between their T20 and ODI or test team. Loosing player like Symonds was a big disadvantage. The selection was not great. Players like Dirk Nannes and Brad Haddin who played well in IPL were not selected. Selected T20 specialists like Nathan Hauritz and Cameron White were not used.

I think the first reason is the main and the fixtures should be made carefully. I hope ICC would not make such mistakes in near future.

1 comment:

  1. inspite of all Australia lost in the first round which is humilating for the champions


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