Posted by: tootingtrumpet | February 25, 2011

Australia vs New Zealand – The Final Over of the Day

Kiwis - sliced and diced.

Ball One – I’m still unconvinced by the strategy, but the Australians fielding of three out and out pacemen is still working. At times, Johnson, Tait and Lee looked too quick for the New Zealand middle order, bowling tight lines and letting an up and down pitch provide the variation. Whether a more powerful batting line-up than the Kiwis would block as many half volleys and play as many injudicious shots, will be answered over the next few weeks.

Ball Two – Daniel Vettori is able to wring runs from the most unpromising circumstances, showing it again today by squeezing 43 runs at better than a run a ball. His bowling, though more orthodox than his batting, is similarly able to produce wickets from nowhere. The size of the hole he will leave on retirement won’t be filled easily.

Ball Three – One day cricket is not at its most becoming when played on up and down strips surrounded by slow outfields. Nagpur has not offered the best conditions for attractive cricket, something that might have been known by the locals, who have not turned up in big numbers.

Ball Four – Brad Haddin is not as violent as Adam Gilchrist, but can still take a game away from any side in the world in the first ten overs. Like Gilchrist, he tends to play textbook shots, but hits them rather hard. He gels well with Shane Watson, who prefers to ease himself into the match, accelerating his scoring rate once past thirty or so. Getting both these openers out with the new ball is a key step in defeating this Australian XI.

Ball Five – Punter still looks out of sorts. His finger is clearly still painful and he looks ill at ease in the field and at the crease.  His stumping off a wide adds another mode of dismissal to an increasingly bizarre list.

Ball Six – I wondered how a side as experienced and talented as New Zealand could go down 4-0 to the enthusiastic, but limited, Bangladeshis in a recent ODI series. Today’s match showed how.

The Tooting Trumpet, whom you can often find at Testmatchsofa.com and on Twitter at @garynaylor999.

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  1. The problem for Australia’s brains trust (and South Africa’s as well) is the way this years tournement is structured. The success or failure of any strategy which is either totally different to that of everyone else (Oz) or totally different to what you have done before (SA) rides on winning 3 knockout games which could just as easily be decided by the wrong call of a coin toss. I cannot see it working 3 times. I’m not even sure Australia would win a QF v England with this lineup. But then again, they will be bowling to batsmen who have just spent the last month thinking-playing-living spin, they may not be able to adjust to a one off game of pace. Just keep us away from Dhaka!

    • If MJ bowls as he did in this match, Aus can beat anyone. But that word if is very big in this context.

      • I didn’t think he was capable of two decent matches in a row, so really any other decent matches this tournament is a bit of a bonus.

        I wish they’d let him bat further up though. I find the rest of the Aussies, without Mussey, bloody boring to watch.

  2. New Zealand will count their blessings they only have to overcome Zimbabwe in group A to make the quarter-finals. Their batting was woeful today, and they won’t make many defendable scores or chase down many totals in this form.

    Conversely, group B is shaping up to be interesting. Bangladesh-Ireland was always going to be one of the games of the round – and not a game either can afford to lose. Dockrell was superb – the more I see him the more impressed I get. Am looking forward to the Irish chase, which won’t be easy on this pitch, against the Deshi spinners.

    • Ireland have some fine players – another example of county cricket being a decent finishing school.

      • I’d argue that county cricket has been, and continues to be the single biggest factor in developing cricketers in weaker nations (all nations in fact). It is a poorly appreciated point, given how many people want to restrict foreigners – though in one sense they are right, the more county cricket develops other nations, the weaker England is, relatively speaking.

    • Dockrell is really nice to watch. Such a high, correct action.

  3. Oh to win a world cup game and kick out a generation of useless parliamentarians on the same day. Surely not too much to ask?

  4. Punter doesn’t look out of sort so much as he looks old. Like he’s a bit arthriticky.

    I don’t really see what choice the Aussies have with the pace attack. They don’t really have many decent medium pacers part from Watson and they might as well play to their strengths as their spin bowlers are mediocre.

    • I think that’s right, but I’d like to see an attack of Lee, MJ, Watson, Hopes, Smith and Hussey with White and Clarke as back up. Very deep batting and not much weakened bowling.

  5. Does anyone know….is there any truth to the rumour that Mike Hussey might be the replacement for Bollinger…instead of another paceman?

    Tricky call this…but at least I would be highly tempted to use this opportunity to bring Hussey in. Although, truth be told, as an opposition supporter, I’d heave a sigh of relief the Aussie selectors don’t! :)

    • The rules don’t allow replacing an injured player with one previously ruled out to injury, so he won’t be allowed.

      • So everyone’s been saying since Hussey got injured. But yesterday everyone started saying otherwise – it’d just need to get the approval of the ICC Technical Committee.

        • There’s so many reasons to want Hussey. Along with Watson he’s our best ODI batsman, and a left hander, and hugely experienced. I’d love to see him in the team. But would they prefer a like for like replacement, an uninjured Australian quick, rare beasts that they are.

          • Siddle seems the preferred option, but I think that he, like Jimmy Anderson, is right in the slot in subcontinental pitches. Peter George? I believe Andrew MacDonald is injured, but I don’t know about James Hopes, but I’d say he was a good option if fit.

            • Dirk Nannes has bowled very well in the one day final today. I think he wold be a good choice. If they want to continue with an aggressive pace attack then Nannes would be my choice. Hopes is in excellent form. McDonald has been injury prone all season. I think Hastings is probably seen as a similar type of player to those two, although he has not proven to be so with bat. Anyhow, off to find a stream for India v England.

  6. Lou
    Ricky may be arthriticky, from too much crickety, but any man who can throw his box into a kit bag hard enough for it to bounce up and damage a TV screen has my respect. Shows he cares, too.

    Some people seem excited about Aus going with a big pace attack, don’t know why, you speak with good sense, why pick a mediocre spinner in front of a good paceman? May not win them the cup, but it’s where Aus cricket is at the moment.

    Good to see Krejza back though, thought he got the short end of the stick after the SA defeat in Perth a while back and deserved more of a chance to develop.

    • I think Tait carries a threat for only a handful of overs and is a liability in the field and with the bat. Almost a wasted place – and that might matter come the knockout rounds.

  7. The current Aus attack would probably have been much more effective for them in the Ashes series. Lee, Tait, Johnson and Krejza seems a lot more scary than Siddle, Johnson, Beer and Hilfenhaus.

    • Two of those bowlers have retired from first-class cricket. Also, having a front-line bowler send down a few two-over spells each day would not be scary for very long.

      • Would Lee have retired if he thought a place was open? He looks a lot fitter than Dougie ever has and might have done a job at the MCG when Aus needed a bit of nous.

        Still, Aus don’t really do horses for courses and England hardly offer an example of that strategy’s success in the past.

  8. I’d love it if arthricky stuck as a new nick name.

  9. Oh crap – a run of the mill left arm spinner with Tendulkr in the crease. Expect Sachin to gift his wicket soon. Do England have a debutant today? Bring him on, even if he’s the keeper. Tendulkar likes two types of bowlers – left arm pie chuckers and debutant bowlers – to gift his wicket to.
    Or Graeme, get your act together and dismiss Sachin.

  10. Well, atleast he is in the 80s. Will not be long before the looming century psyches him and gets Tendulkar out. But, well, England prepare for Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvi and you know, Pathan!

  11. Well, atleast India have given the opp to England’s best bowler – the batting powerplay. As it happens often, as tootingtrumpet observed, expect wickets to fall with the powerplay. England would like about 2 including Tendulkar


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