Though, England proclaims that they are the No. 1 in Tests, while India has the right to be on top in one day cricket, after world cup triumph, you cant ignore mighty australia, even when they are struggling.
Last time, when sri lanaka and Australia palyed against each-other, tigers of kumar sangakkara had managed a historical 2-1 series win. It was a big triumph, largely due to unbelievable partnership between angelo mathews and lasith malinga. So, as a tendency to judge the opponents with his last performance, one can easily says that australian’s not going to threat sri lankans in upcoming one day and twenty-20 series, specially in home soil.
But it may just be an empty illusion, because the ability to fight back of Australia is wee know. After all, they are four time world cup winners. Though their fortunes on downward. They couldn’t manage to defend world cup, lost ashes and lost one day series against sri lanka as well. Ricky ponting captaincy era has been gone and Michael Clarke is the new captain of the ship now. Critics feel joy to announce that Clarke is not even half good in captaincy, compare to Ricky ponting.
But, still they are dangerous. Particularly in one day and twenty-20 matches, where one good performance proves match wining effort nine times out of ten. No doubt, Australia still has the players of such capabilities, like- Ricky ponting, Shane Watson, brad heddin and shaun marsh with the bat and Brett lee, mitchell johntson, doug bolinger with the bowl.
Ponting, now 36 year old, for some strange reasons, has been struggling with bat since last few seasons. But it doesn’t confirm that he has lost magic touch. Second best after sachin, with over thirteen thousand run and thirty centuries, ponting can be as devastating as mahela jayawerdene. With no burden of captaincy anymore, he still has the ability to serve Australia cricket with great distinction.
If you have watched ipl constantly over the years, there should be no doubt about Shane Watson’s talent. Just like Angelo Mathews, he has the ability to win matches form no where, with bat and ball equally. Importantly, he is an opener, can destroy bowlers, as he did against Bangladesh, during his sky high inning of 185 not out, or can steady the ship in crisis, thanks to his sound defense.
In most possibilities, shaun marsh would be new batting partner for Watson at the top of the order. He missed word cup due to enjury, but during ipl 2011, he was at his best. A left handed opener, he is amongst few players of Australia, who can play equally well in asian conditions. And then, there is brad haddin, who can be destructive in slog overs.
Bowling wise, aussies are looking one dimensional with fast bowlers like- Brett lee, mitchell johntson, doug bolinger and without any quality spin bowler. But the pace attack look quite handy. Especially, bolinger can create the same impact as any swing bowler in lankan’s pitches.
So, first twenty-20 is due to 6 august. But, it is right time to analyze the mighty Australians. And right way is that, lankan team management should consider opponents strong areas first.