Monday, January 17, 2011

Are Australia the new West Indies?

When I was a lad, I remember watching the 1995 West Indies tour of England. Little did I know at the time that I was witnessing a pivotal point in history. I was dimly aware of Windian dominance against England, but the well-fought draw did not itself suggest to me immanent collapse of the once strutting mega-stars.

I am now old enough to appreciate any such spectacles life throws at me today. I have experienced enough inevitable disappointments, sufficient certain disasters and a more than adequate amounts of predestined catastrophes to be able to spot future failures.

Now, as the Australian bunny blinks mindlessly back into my headlights, my mind quickly recalls the many fiascos in which it has participated, just before engaging the wind-screen wipers to remove the debris.

Unlike the current Australian side, the 1995 West Indies team had hope. They had some world class bowlers and a sprinkling of legendary batsman. Currently, Shane Watson has the role of Brian Lara.

But, it is difficult to see where the future lies for Australia. Much is made of the post 1986-7 cull, but who do they replace the old guard wife? Michael Beer and Phil Hughes?

No one wants to be captain. No one can captain.

No one can bowl, either. Not even Michael Beer.

There are glimmers of hope in the batting department. Much as there are glimmers of sanity in the Tea Party.

The only solution I can see is either scouring the English leagues for anyone who has a secret Australia shame in the bloodline – or a sun tan.

Or, merging with New Zealand. The Oceanic Islands may yet conquer the world.

11 comments:

Tony said...

Are Australia the new West Indies? I'll get back to you in 15 years.

adeel said...

no i think the Austrila is the more better then west indies and you cannot compare the Australian to the West indies .

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Anonymous said...

Australia are the not the new West Indies nor are Pakistan the new Australia as this artcile would have us believe:

http://sportingattitude.com/2011/01/21/10-reasons-why-pakistan-will-win-icc-world-cup-2011/

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Andrew Leonard said...

Hi there,

We have recently set up Cricket Ireland TV on youtube. See here - www.youtube.com/cricketirelandtv & www.irishcricket.org . The sole aim of the project is just to raise awareness and support for the great sport of cricket here in Ireland & around the cricketing World. There is a nice mix of viral skills videos, player interviews, tour diaries & celebs backing our boys in green.

I am wondering if you may be interested in doing a piece on your blog ahead of Ireland's first game in the world cup on Friday. If you'd like to embed any of the videos onto your site that would be great as well.

If you need any further information or help with emdedding please don't hesistate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Andrew Leonard
Cricket Ireland TV
cricketirelandtv@gmail.com

Live Cricket Streaming said...

certainly not but west indies is surely gona be the new australia :P

Cricket Gossips said...

Ozs are always Australians, without any doubt, they are better than w. indies

livescore said...

I don't think Australia will be the new West Indies, because Australia has too much potential in their local cricket and they have a number of players in their pipeline who can make Australia once again a world champion.

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