Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ashes 2.2: Learning to Enjoy Doing it Poorly

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  1. In a vastly improved performance, Australia claimed 2 whole English wickets in just a day's worth of cricket at the Adelaide Oval. Captain Ricky Ponting, who is ruthlessly committed to positive, attacking cricket, while happy with his bowler's output, was also quick to point out that there is still room for improvement. We doubled our productivity in terms of wickets since the Gabba, which is a good thing but we leaked a few more runs than I would have liked. 
  2. When a reporter pointed out to Ricky that Australia are in a "bit of a bother"; falling way behind England on the first innings, Ricky shot back saying the scorecard he is carrying still says 0-0
  3. Australian's love targeting the visiting skipper by making statements to that effect in the media. In this series however the person who was supposed to take care of the target, himself ended up being a target of contention between Ponting and the Australian selectors. Mitch or no Mitch, Ricky talked at length on the importance of this strategy especially since its been hugely successful, getting Strauss out 3 times out of 3.
  4. Asked by an English reporter on how Ricky can ignore the obvious all round and total ineptitude of the Australian performance so far in the series, Ricky added "If you can't learn to do something well, learn to enjoy doing it poorly


Vidooshak said...

I will not write off Australia just yet. They are one batsman and one bowler away from coming good. Shaun Tait anyone?

Clarke has to be the guy that's under the scanner now. His temperament and fortitude have to be questioned. He dropped sitters in Brisbane and failed to rise to the occasion at every opportunity so far.

Golandaaz said...

And what about Ponting who is putting pressure on Clarke by getting out early?

Vidooshak said...

Well, he's the captain and will not be kicked out. Plus, his greatness as a batsman is already set. Clarke is the heir-apparent and is not cutting it.

Golandaaz said... say don't write off Australia but there's so many things just not working for them. It requires some harsh decisions...Not saying dropping Ponting (of course) but how about a swap with Hussey for example

Vidooshak said...