24 June 2011

Finally The Cricket Starts

Triangular Series Zim XI - Aus A - Saffa A

About time!
No, Middlesex losing (and India winning...) one match after another is NOT interesting. I don't care if you disagree :D

Australia A squad for the ODIs: Tim Paine (capt, wk), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Callum Ferguson, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Luke Butterworth, Stephen O'Keefe, John Hastings, Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc

Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Tim Paine captaining is gold enough but just the first morsel of the gooey goodness. Finch = great pick, Fergs = selfpick. Warner has extended his repertoire, and we shall see what he can do up there at the top. Matthew Wade is not the keeper. Mitch Marsh... jawohl! Luke Butterworth (LBW) so deserves a spot in the sun, I'm repeating myself here. But it just keeps getting better:

SOK, 100-fold NSW player of the year and a delight to watch with both devices, should have got a contract ahead of all these secondary and tertiary Australian spin options, but ah well. Show them SOK! Copeland is interesting, nobody can tell if he's a senior player or not, but he's deadly when fit. So they say. And then... lo and behold... Nathan Lyon! I hope and pray he won't go under in this star-studded line-up, but he has what it takes to excel in this environment, at least that's what I'm wishing for. Go Nathan, spin 'em round! Beautiful team. You could include plenty more players, Adam Voges, George Bailey, Kane Richardson, okay I'm getting carried away here tehe.

Ray Price and Elton Chigumbura share a happy
moment during the World T20 2010
Zimbabwe XI squad for the ODIs: Brendan Taylor (capt), Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Keegan Meth, Christopher Mpofu, Forster Mutizwa, Raymond Price, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller

A squad that fulfils all wishes of the Zim connoisseur except for the injury-induced absence of Graeme Cremer, which could prove really costly. In the back of my head I'm still seeing him becoming a Zimbabweish Gareth Berg or maybe it's his cat-like sweep shot, I don't know. Or maybe his sweep shot isn't even cat-like and my mind is playing tricks on me. Anyway get well soon Graeme. The good news is that quite obviously Keegan Meth has recovered in time for the one-dayers. Love the "capt" behind Brendan Taylor's name, hopefully the captaincy is going to fire him up and helps him out of his slump. The main thing is Elton can concentrate on his cricket now. No Greg Lamb, no Charles Coventry. Pretty sucky from my personal standpoint but yeah. No complaints about the rest. Wait a minute... where is Shingi?? GRRRRR. Malcolm Waller shall be under scrutiny since I haven't microscopied him yet.

South Africa A squad for the ODIs: Jacques Rudolph (capt), Craig Alexander, Farhaan Behardien, Loots Bosman, Rilee Rossouw, Rory Kleinveldt, Heino Kuhn, Ethy Mbhalati, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Vernon Philander, Rusty Theron, Roelof van der Merwe, Jonathan Vandiar, Morne van Wyk

Names I like: Theron (duh!), Vandiar, Kuhn, Miller, van Wyk and of course Rilee Rossouw. McLaren is currently playing for Middlesex in the T20 and not doing the worst of jobs there, by that I mean he doesn't suck more than any of the other players, even though it's not enough to help them out of their misery. Too bad no Friedel de Wet or Rob Frylinck. Jacques Rudolph is a former Yorkshire Pudding and as such used to be a pain in the backside. That's all from me on the Saffas.

Soooo... I hope Zim will make good use of their home advantage and get some decent crowds in, and in terms of Australia the tour should become a cracker anyway. The Saffa squad does not feature a lot of the players that hammered Zim on their last ODI tour to SA, in fact I think only Rusty and David Miller were a part of this apocalypse (unless I am confusing Miller with Colin Ingram again) and Zim would probably like to take their chances here.



Sidthegnomenator said...

Oh thank god! Some decent cricket. I can tell you've been starved, too. I'm pretty excited about Tim Paine as well. Can't wait to see what he'll do.

Anonymous said...

Good write up Wes. It should be fun this tournament. I'm a bit worried about that attack. Sheesh, it looks light on proper bowlers for the format and Mitchell Marsh is probably the second quickest bowler after Starc. THAT is a worry.


Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Sid, Timmy will do what Timmy does, be awesome. :)

Lou I am not worried, the batting looks great and the kids will be alright, and with Butterworth, O'Keefe and Lyon in the side the tour should be fun. Also can't wait to see how they fare versus the Saffa domestic folk. Will be a huge adventure for them. I actually don't like this express pace dogma to be honest. Not necessary imho, enough options to make up for it. Am curious to see the team they pick for the first match. Zim pitches are nice.

Reverse Swept Radio said...

Thanks for noting this series, wasn't really aware of it.

Big opportunity for Zim against 2 A sides that are strong but far from terrifying.

In Price and Utseya, they've got a genuinely world class spin duo. It's going to be all about whether the Zim batting line-up holds together - there are some flashy stroke-players but they collapsed too easily at the WC.

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Hello Reverse Swept Radio, I didn't know you existed, shame on me, gonna put you in my podcast blogroll asap, are you on Twitter or Facebook? Thanks for popping in!

Anonymous said...

Got to agree with Reverse, the Zim spinners could play havoc with the Aus one day team.

Paine and Marsh can use their feet against spin but Warner and Finch?

And even Ferguson can look all at sea against good spin bowling.