4 December 2011

Australia v New Zealand Round 1: New Faces, Old Story

Lessons from this match:

All hail the brave Lyon king rawwwwrrrrr, 7 for 88 in his first Test on home soil is not bad for an offie with just a dozen or so First Class matches under his belt. Michael Clarke is in stellar form, and loves Nathan Lyon, too. It is overwhelming to see the amount of appreciation, which the hesitantly welcomed Canberra boy is beginning to receive. The Redbacks, who plucked him off the heavy roller's seat and chucked him into the Big Bash arena with stunning results, have ironically lost him to the Australian Test side before they could actually benefit from his talent in Shield cricket.

Those were the times... Nathan Lyon on his way to utter Big Bash success

The looming chopping block brings out the doggedness in Punter. Muss is still struggling. Phil Hughes manages to get out when Australia are chasing 19. David Warner carries the bat on debut. Vics do it better. Hahahaha joking! They are just lucky sometimes.

And the Kiwis minus Dan still collapse like a card house outside their backyards against proper opposition.
Except for Dan Brownlie and Jesse Ryder, who makes 36 in tributoid anticipation of Mark Cosgrove's Test debut.


No in fact it is Dan frickn Christian who will possibly stride out into the arena in Hobart!! Well, with some likelihood. Yes he is regarded as inconsistency on legs, but in my opinion he has been improving steadily in the last two years and I hope, and know for that matter, that if he receives the Baggy Green he will fight like a Spartan and ram his claws into the Kiwis' eyes and sink his teeth into their soft bodies and tear out lumps of flesh and gnaw on their bones and... ah you are getting the idea. He will totally be just Dan. Read more about his deservingness in this article by Adelaide Now, and the respective Cricinfo announcement.

Dan Christian as himself

Since Callum Ferguson has totally fallen off the edge of the world - or does anybody actually remember that this guy was once regarded as the future of Australian middle order batting before he sacrificed his health for his fatherland, came back strongly, but nobody freaking cared!!! - I'm now schlepping sacks of fruit and nuts to the temple of DC in order to make him bang in the door of the Australian Test side.

You can facepalm some more over my delirious Redbacks hype if you follow the South Australia Redbacks FB page :)


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Christopher Poshin David said...

Warner carried his bat? you mean that actually counts? :O

I like Lyon too and from all the Aussie spinners since Hogg, this guy is by far my favorite. Hauritz was ok I guess. Its great to see him bowl and despite the fact that the matches start at 4:30 AM here, I am getting up to watch him bowl! A testament to how much I like this guy.

And what is wrong with the Kiwi batsmen? Its sad to see them lose and that too a weak Aussie side. :/

Wes playforcountrynotforself said...

"you mean that actually counts?"

Poshiiiiin this is the second time in just a few days that you are explaining my joke. Stop it haha!

"Its sad to see them lose and that too a weak Aussie side"

Total misconception here. This Aussie side isn't weak :)

Shruthi said...

Good article,Ms. Steffi. I too like the look of Callum Ferguson. Regarding David Warner, still some people are saying that he still suited to T20 format and I am tired of reading those comments. He has improved his technique and temperament and can do well in Test cricket.

Like Poshin, I am very impressed with Nathan Lyon. As I commented on your page for the SA redbacks some time back, I recently joined his fan club :p. Been a long time since Australia had a good spinner.

Mykuhl said...

I'm not sure that Michael Clarke is in that good touch. He should have been run out at 20. Was bowled off a no ball at 23, was dropped at 79 and 80. He effectively got to 139/5

He (like ponting, Haddin and Starc) can thank New Zealand for gifting him runs.

Rishabh said...

Dan Christian's a werewolf? That's totally how you described him, Wes. You should have a graphic for that :P

Sid the Gnome said...

Things are looking a wee bit different today, huh?

And Lyon a Canberra boy? Only in the sense that he started his career there.

Wes playforcountrynotforself said...

Hi Shruthi, David Warner has proven you right :)

Mykuhl that might be right but overall he has been the standout batsman for Australia in the recent matches I would think.

Rish I thought the photos illustrated that sufficiently :P

Sid yes, I referred to from where they had picked him up. NSW was too big for him (or he was too big for NSW ;)). To my knowledge he has fond memories of his time at Canberra.