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
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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.