Aus vs WI 3rd ODI, Pac Man & Pak Man
While the rest of the world kids itself fawning over one good performance from inconsistent pricks in one match out of four, Australia is busy building up a bench strength with skill and the experience to more than hold their own against the best at the tournament that matters: the 2011 ODI World Cup.
They’ve rested two big time MVPs Shane Watson and Brad Haddin and replaced them with Tim Paine and Adam Voges for the 3rd and 4th ODIs against West Indies.
Tim Paine has been excellent as an opening batsman/wicketkeeper in his short run in international cricket. The dude scored a load of fluent 50’s and a century in England and in the Champions Trophy in South Africa in the time he replaced an injured Brad Haddin.
Voges has had a decent run but no really memorable performances which would make you want him in your team. He’s a under bowled all rounder who bats too low and that makes and whether he will make it to the playing eleven is also a doubt. James Hopes is the guy more likely to replace Shane Watson over Adam Voges being a regular, experienced ODI bowler.
Ponting had a less than mediocre series against Pakistan while McKay, Hauritz and Ryan Harris stole the limelight from Bollinger; both had a good outing at Adelaide to help Australia gain a 2-0 lead.
Mitchell Johnson too could be rested and Australia could try out a purely second choice pace selection of Bollinger, McKay and Harris. The trio did well against Pakistan and look good to run through the Windies.
That they are confident enough to rest their key players before securing the series shows how well the reserves have performed.
Dwayne Smith has been among the better of the West Indian players along with Kieron Pollard on this tour. It would be better for the West Indies if these two start bowling as well as they are batting. Rampaul, Roach and company haven’t had much success and the batting is not exactly helping.
The top order has been pathetic; Runako Morton’s continued failure should see him make way for Wavell Hinds. Chris Gayle has admitted that Doug Bollinger has figured out a weakness; having discovered the problem he has no time to sort it out or West Indies will be out of the series.
He also needs to find a place for Brendan Nash in the line up after the repeated failures of both Travis Dowlin and Lendl Simmons saw the Windies 4 down with barely any runs on the board in the first two ODIs.
On another note, they both chomp stuff, they’re both likeable, both have fcking ghosts on their asses all the time and have a similar pose to celebrate their respective achievements. Co-incidence? I don’t think so.