Sunday, June 9, 2013

Australia Bailey's Out

It's been a long time since we have seen a player who is primarily in the team as a captain. There was Mike Brearley for England and now there's George Bailey leading Australia. The experienced and high impact all-rounder Shane Watson should have been captain in the absence of Michael Clark, but the Oz team management has had problems with Watto ever since he complained about being overbowled. Then on the India tour they suspended him for not doing his homework. But it's the team leaders who failed in their homework for the Champions Trophy, playing only a part-time spinner Paul Voges in their opening encounter with England at Edgebaston. As it turned out, the spinners were the hardest to get away on a dry surface, especially England's James Treadwell. So now, whom will the Oz leadership suspend - themselves? Everyone took it for granted that they would be playing on seaming wickets in the early English summer, but they forgot how fickle is the English weather. There hasn't been any rain around for a couple of weeks, and we hardly saw any lateral movement at Edgebaston and earlier at Cardiff where India won a high-scoring game. If these conditions persist, it will be advantage India.

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