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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Carlton Mid Tri-Series Cricket: Australia Deserving Champions!


Glenn Maxwell

Australia showed today the difference between a top professional side and a disillusioned listless disgruntled side. Australia were in a similar situation put into bat first in the final of the Carlton Mid Triangular Cricket tournament played in Australia today like India were in the virtual semifinal against England on 30th January. While India starting well engineered the first batting collapse to be reduced 136/5 Australia starting shakily were reduced to 60/4 in the 18th over. While India managing another batting collapse with the tail not wagging enough could give just 200 runs as the target Australia not only recovered from that crisis but succeeded in setting an imposing target of 279 runs for England thanks to their middle order batsmen and the great tail. That target proved to be a match winning one as Australian bowlers responded with spirit and England just crumbled. It is also to be observed that all matches prior to the final had been won by the side chasing, but for top team these things hardly matter as they can win under any eventuality. Toss, pitch conditions and weather are things that bother only teams with no body language and a lot of negativity—at the moment India fit the bill. Australia have done the real positive preparation for the ICC World Cup 2015 to be played in their backyard and neighboring New Zealand.

Australia defeated England by 112 runs to lift the Carlton Mid Tri-Series Cricket Trophy in Perth today. Great inning of 95 off 116 balls by Glenn Maxwell and 60 off 99 balls by Mitchell Marsh leveraged Australia to a commanding position. For the wagging tail pacer Faulkner put the seal of authority by plundering 50 runs off 34 balls with 4 sixes and 4 fours and in 50 overs Australia made 278 for 7 wickets. For England Anderson who struck two lethal blows early on could not come back on his later spells and Finn went wicket-less while Woakes was the most expensive. Broad making a comeback captured 3 wickets, but could not contain the hosts.

England never looked to be in real pursuit even though the target was not unassailable. They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and at 98/8 it was almost all over. Some tail resistance prolonged the inevitable with England finally bowled out for 166. Now with the ball off spinner Glenn Maxwell was the main damager with 4 wickets for 46 runs and was rightfully adjudged the man of the match. Mitchell Johnson who came back into the team in this match  did the damages early on capturing 3 wickets and Hazelwood joined in with 2 wickets.
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