June 19, 2005

GOBSMACKED BY MINNOWS:

Arrogant Australia humbled in 'the biggest upset in the game's history': Bangladesh 250 for five bt Australia 249 for five by five wickets Remarkable result suggests Aussie juggernaut spluttering badly (Vic Marks, June 19, 2005, The Observer

At the start of the day we wondered whether the Aussie juggernaut was spluttering. By the end, it seemed to be missing several wheels. Australia's five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh is as stunning a result in a cricket match as any I can recall. A freak result, you might say - unless you were here.

The astonishing truth is that Australia, acknowledged as the best side in the world in all forms of the game - except perhaps Twenty20 - were clinically outplayed by the minnows of world cricket. Mashrafe Mortaza was the best bowler on view yesterday. Mohammad Ashraful, who sparkled in the evening sunshine, played the best innings, a brilliant century. Australia dropped more catches than Bangladesh, who, in contrast to their opponents, took all the right decisions - Ricky Ponting's preference to bat first was a mistake, based on the assumption that this match could not be lost.

The Australian bowlers could not bully the Bangladeshis as England's have this summer. The pitch was too slow for that and so is the Australian pace attack when Brett Lee is not playing. The lack of depth in the Australian bowling was also exposed as Ponting anxiously shuffled Brad Hogg, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey. Where was Shane and some subtlety? Gobsmacked in some Hampshire haven, I guess.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 19, 2005 6:37 AM
Comments

If we really want to engage in creative war crimes in Gitmo, we should pass on the rap music and instead force the terrorists to watch cricket matches.

Posted by: bart at June 19, 2005 10:09 AM

In reading about cricket, I understand what each word means and yet have no idea what they are talking about.

Posted by: jd watson at June 19, 2005 1:42 PM
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