Due to the football (Bayern v Lyon, pig-out ^^) I completely forgot about the Oz warm up match against Zimbabwe, and now checking the score one has to realise that the warm up obviously turned into a downright funeral pyre for Australia!!
Zimbabwe amassed a total of 173, how the heck did they do that? Let's have a look:
Lee bowled four brilliant overs at 3.25 and scalped 1.
Mitch took 4 at 5.75... oh man
Nannes the hooved beast cruised along at 6.66
So... what happened?
Ritz leaked 12 each in the two overs he bowled. Yeah ouch. But not the ouchest.
Dan Christian, who has struggled since his inclusion in the national side, gave away 14.5 per over.
But Watson took the biscuit:
two overs, 34 runs, 5 (!!) no balls. Watto, seriously, no matter how important that wicket was, put it up your backside.
Fittingly he went out on 2, Whacking Warner top-scored with 72 (146.93), the skipper ranks second with 49 but a miserable strike rate of about 116.66 I guess this was the knell for Oz.
Compare this to the Zim top scorer Elton Chigumbura: 76 at 217.14, the guy must have gone berserk. His innings might also include Watto's freebies.
Haddin, Legsmith and Christian all run out, I reckon because of the panic, while Dussey and Watto both fell prey to Utseya the offie.
Eventually Oz lost the crazy chase by 1 piddling run.
No I won't translate this now
This is a really good start into the tournament and it uncovers some weaknesses Clarke has to tinker on now. Wow I am floored.