11 January 2011

A White In The Dark

Australia v England T20 I 
preview

I've just watched a bit of Cameron White's press conference ahead of the first T20 between Australia and England. He is breathing like an asthmatic walrus, manically shrugging his shoulders and scratching his leg under the table. It is at the same time so annoying and adorable that I haven't really listened to what he says. But he makes an important statement at the end:

"A good point for us is that T20 and Test cricket couldn't be further apart." Yes King Cam, that gives us hope, doesn't it!!!




If both sides England and Australia play like in the T20 World Cup final then good night. I almost bet that England will. Australia need to lift their game. The absence of Clarke is hopefully going to have a positive effect of some sort. Nannes didn't get called up either, he got belted around a bit in the last matches I followed.

Squad: David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White (capt), David Hussey, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Tim Paine (wk), Steve O'Keefe, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, James Pattinson, Shaun Tait

Timmy, SOK and Dussey: finally together forever?
Lee is in rather fine fettle, same goes for Warner. Not sure about Finch, the only time I saw him slay was in the CL, and it's been a while since then, but he is certainly brutal up there at the top. With one of the pacers surely carrying the drinks we are also gonna see Steve O'Keefe, who is in blazing form at the moment. It needs to be mentioned that Mike Hussey is missing out this time, could prove a crucial omission, we shall see. Paine for Haddin is a good move into the right direction, Timmy shone with a mature 50 leading the Prime Minister's hopeless XI v England XI [scorecard]. I would like to mention that Dan frickn Christian topscored with 53 in this match. Just saying.

Can't deny I am looking forward to enjoying this new and fresh approach. The only real problem I see is Mitch, but perhaps he's gonna have one of these days. However, looks a potent squad to me, don't fork this up, guys!!!

Got another one here for you, Shaun Tait's lengthy presser about the T20s and ODIs, IPL, Test cricket and the 50 over format.




Cheers,
Wes

7 comments:

Freehit said...

Fantastic title, loved it. :)

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Thanks, Mayank :)

Lou said...

Good old Cam. He always looks like he's been having a toke before being interviewed, but he can't help it, it's just the way he looks.

He should have been a surfie in another life.

Maaaaz @ BBK (Maza786) said...

Here we go then folks. This should be great fun. England have won 7 consecutive T20s and therefore a win tomorrow will mean they have achieved the record for the most successive T20 International victories. If I remember correctly the two sides have gone head to head 5 times previously with England winning 2 and Australia winning 2 in this format as all as one wash out. Australia have lost their last 3 international encounters in this format, including being whitewashed by our boys!! Personally, won't be able to see live, but am expecting another English victory. Hopefully, when I return I will be hearing the good news that Immy is making his SA international debut. Am sure you know all about him Wes as he is returning to your county this year!

White is a good captain and destructive striker. Sensible forward thinking to appoint him. Is a dangerous and experienced T20 player in short.

tracerbullet007 said...

I sincerely hope that the selectors will have the cojones to make White the Test and ODI skipper after the World Cup..Situations like the one Australia finds itself in, requires thinking outside the box...

Sidthegnomenator said...

Finally watched it. He does seem very excited and confident, which is more than we could ever say about Pup. And he showed up and played a true Aussie captain's innings today. didn't he? 8 from 6 balls.

He should be wearing a Shane Watson T-shirt to bed tonight.

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Sid that's harsh on him :P
I am sure his nerves were all over the place. Give Kool King Kam the chance to settle into this new role ;)

Lou haha. Main thing is he's quick *inside* his fruit. The dopey façade merely suits the purpose of misleading the opponent.

Maaz well, there you got your monster stat... Eng won! But!! It was as close as it gets. Wouldn't have minded the Super Over actually. Unfortunately Imran didn't get picked for the first ODI, what a disappointment. But I'm sure he will get his chance later on.

tracerbullet, if all goes well this should be the plan. On the flipside, it involves dethroning Pup. Who dares?

Thanks for your comments guys, very much appreciated.