Aussies Show Why They Are So Hard To Beat, Again
If in a one-day Cricket Series between England and Australia the score is 3-0, it must be the Aussies who are ahead, right?
No one can blame you for thinking so, for Aussies are the crownless king in the world of cricket for over a decade now. Never in the history of cricket has a nation had such domination over rest of the world for such a long period. Yet, you would be wrong in the context of current series being played between the two nations.
True, the Aussies have lost some odd matches to other nations in this period; yet, for every loss, they came back stronger to decimate their opponents in the next few in a row. They have been accused of introducing sledging and other rough and tough demeanors. Nonetheless, every other team adopted the same techniques, with very little success. It is the spirit of the Aussies that separated them from the rest, and we watched that spirit in its supreme one more time in today’s game against England.
When Australia folded for 212, no one gave them any chance. Then England cruised to 185 for 3 with only 28 to score in eight-and-a-half overs. With seven wickets in hand, England’s victory was a mere routine, and most other teams would have given up at that stage - not the men from the land of kangaroos.
In its finest display of fast bowling, Australia removed six wickets for 18 in 38 balls.
Shaun Tait, who came back from wandering, playing in his first ODI since February 2009, was bowling his heart out with speed touching 95mph. In his ten overs he took 3 wickets for 28. His partner D.E. Bollinger was even more impressive with 20 for 3 in his allotted ten overs.
In the 46th over England were 202 for seven with only 11 more runs to score for the win. The 47th over was delivered by S. W. Tait and it was maiden; only one run came from a leg bye. In the very first ball of the next over Bowlinger bowled Swann. Broad saw off next four balls, but failed to score a single run, and wickets were scattered again on the very last ball. It was maiden wickets in the 48th over. What a magnificent drama in the garden of Old Trafford! England nine down.Continued on the next page