World Cup 2011 – The Battle Of The Oceania




Australia vs New Zealand

Australia vs New Zealand

Move over minnow bashing! It ‘s time for the big guys to square up against one another as Australia take on their neighboring rivals New Zealand in a Group A encounter in Nagpur as both nations look to step into the next gear after their opening round of matches.

Australia, despite coming into the tournament after a tennis scoreline thrashing of England, doesn’t carry the aura of invincibility that they once possessed. The inexperience in the lineup might eventually prove to be the difference between this and the previous Australian teams. Shane Watson has been in magical form over the last couple of years and Australia will look up to him to provide a solid foundation. Brad Haddin has to learn to convert the starts he gets into big scores while Ricky Ponting, in spite of scoring two fifties in the two warm-up games leading into the tournament, has a fair distance to go before returning to full form. Michael Clarke showed signs of returning to form against Zimbabwe and although Cameron White and David Hussey are amongst the best finishers in the game, the absence of Michael Hussey, who averages 77 in 12 matches in India, will be dearly felt. Callum Ferguson could have been a good option at No.6 but the selectors’ preference to Steve Smith as an all-rounder is well known. The bowling attack, led by the ageing Brett Lee, could run through batting lineups or could also end up leaking runs by the dozen. With Shaun Tait spitting venom, Douglas Bollinger is likely to sit out a few more games. One player who will be eager to get onto the field would be Jason Krezja. The tall offie will remember Nagpur as the venue where he picked up 12 wickets on Test debut.

New Zealand, unlike Australia, come into the tournament after back to back series defeats against Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. After a brief spell down the order, the management has decided to promote Brendon McCullum to top of the order along with Martin Guptill with Jesse Ryder coming in at No.3 followed by Ross Taylor, who is the mainstay of the batting. With an in-form James Franklin at No.5 and Scott Styris at No.6, the Kiwis have a pretty decent batting line up. Jacob Oram and Nathan McCullum will be the men to watch at the death. The Kiwi bowlers bowled out the Kenyans for a paltry 69 in their opening game but Hamish Bennett, Southee and Co. can expect a better fight from the Aussie batsmen.

Australia haven’t lost a World Cup game since the loss to Pakistan in 1999 and they will be looking to extend their streak of 30 consecutive matches without being beaten while the Kiwis will be looking to beat their Trans-Tasman rivals and notch up a victory for the people affected by the earthquake in Christchurch.

Probable Teams:

Australia: Brad Haddin (Wicketkeeper), Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (Captain), Michael Clarke, David Hussey, Cameron White, Steven Smith, Jason Krezja, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (Wicketkeeper), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, James Franklin, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori (Captain), Nathan McCullum, Hamish Bennett, Tim Southee.

Live Telecast: Star Cricket (9:30 Local Time, 4:00 GMT

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Monish Menon

Author:

Hi, I am Monish Menon from Hyderabad and currently working at Franklin Templeton Investments as a Compliance Business Analyst. Sport has always been my passion since I was a kid and I invest all my non-existent free time by watching, playing, writing and analyzing various sporting events across the world. Apart from being a diehard Manchester United fan and a Ferrari supporter, I believe that Roger Federer is still the best tennis player and Sachin Tendulkar is God. I play club cricket and I also am a part of my organization’s cricket and football squad. Being such a sports fanatic, writing about it is something that came naturally to me and I am glad that I got an opportunity through thesportsmirror.com to share my thoughts with the rest of the world. For other articles written by me, you can visit my blog at www.monishmenon.wordpress.com

Cricket

Wonder Cement Saath7 Cricket Mahotsav keeps going bigger and bigger!

Wonder Cement Saath7 Cricket Mahotsav keeps going bigger and bigger!

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on November 4th, 2017

The 2nd edition of Saath7 Cricket Mahotsav, organized by Wonder Cement is flagged off at The Taj Mahal Hotel in the esteemed presence of legendary Cricketer  ..

Football

Does homeland of FC Shakhtar Donetsk still has got a football potential?

Does homeland of FC Shakhtar Donetsk still has got a football potential?

Posted by: Julia Nellson on November 22nd, 2017

The city of Donetsk is located in Central Europe and it’s considered to be the center of Donbass region. Donetsk became well-known in the world because of one ..

Tennis

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on June 11th, 2017

The stage is set for the mouth-watering and nail-biting clash of the two Tennis stalwarts of the current era; Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. This will be the u ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 24th, 2017

Rohtak, February 24, 2016: In continuation to produce the AIBA certified Coaches, Referees and Judges; Boxing Federation of India successfully organised the AIB ..

Other Sports

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on July 6th, 2017

Indian interests on the opening day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships were high with national record holder Muhammed Anas easing into the semi-finals of ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror