Don’t you just love it when the Poms start whingeing…especially if its about Australian cricketers in an Ashes year.
Just a couple of months out from the Ashes and the verbals have begun already, with Australia well and truly taking the early upper hand.
Last month English cricket officials were bemoaning the fact that some Australian cricketers were being allowed to fine tune their preparations for the Ashes by playing County cricket during April and May.
They now have a legitimate reason to be upset – in his English debut at the hallowed grounds of Lords, Macksville’s favourite son Philip Hughes has announced himself to the English cricket community with a commanding century for Middlesex in their first innings against Glamorgan.
To rub salt into the woulds he belted them around again in the second innings to finish 65 not out, with the match ending in a draw.
The Glamorgan bowlers were all at sea against the 20 year old, whose flashy technique lulls bowlers seeing him for the first time into thinking they are always on the verge of taking his wicket.
This actually feeds to Hughes’ strengths and allows him to score a mountain of runs through the offside as he creates a little room for himself before punishing the bowlers.
The Poms may be complaining about Hughes (and other Aussies) being allowed to play in England before the Ashes, but they should now try and turn it around to their advantage.
Rather than bowling to Hughes for the first time and struggling to come up with plans in the Ashes, they now have six weeks to put together some sort of strategy on how to dismiss him early in his innings – because once he’s set, he has a thirst for runs that could seriously deflate the determination of the England bowling attack.
In Other Cricket News
American Premier League Cricket?
I was reading a story yesterday about a 20/20 tournament being organised in the U.S without the official approval of the cricket’s governing body. Apparently the ICC has already warned players that they will lose their international eligibility if they decide to play in the tournament.
The tournament appears to be in the very early stages of development, with the current plan being to play matches on a converted baseball field in Staten Island, NY.
Some players have apparently been approached already, with the bulk of the signings so far coming from Pakistan. The ECB has already warned County players looking for a quick pay day to seriously consider the implications of signing up.
In response to the ICC’s non-sanctioning of the event, John Aaron the secretary of the USA cricket association has replied:
“…blessing was not sought in promoting the tournament”. He added that “the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the USA, therefore many individuals continue to seek opportunities to arrange events”.
Aussie Old Hands Slaying 20/20 bowling attacks.
Retirement seems to have done little to diminish the talents of two of Australia’s greatest ever cricketers. Both Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist have enjoyed success early in the IPL tournament currently underway in South Africa.
Hayden belted 65 from 35 deliveries playing for the Chennai Super Kings in their match against Bangalore, while Gilchrist thumped 71 from 45 deliveries against the same team.