Crisis? What Crisis: (official) Australian point of view

As Australia reaches its lowest point in the limited-overs game for at a decade (having just lost an ODI series 3-0, and a previous one 2-0), Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland denies the World Cup campaign is unravelling.

A day after several unwanted firsts, including losing a one-day series to New Zealand and falling from the top of the limited-overs rankings, Sutherland claimed Australia was still on track to defend the World Cup titles won in 1999 and 2003.

In a wide-ranging interview yesterday, Sutherland:

Denied the program was too cluttered and this Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series should have been scrapped;

Claimed the resting of some stars and injuries to others had created a “fantastic opportunity” for players on the fringe of the national team;

Believed some players needed more one-day cricket, not less, given the poor results;

Said players were carefully managed, with the recent spate of injuries unfortunate accidents.

Read full story here.

Comment: Ya, I think it’s overstated that Australia is no longer a great team, and I still believe they are the favourites, it’s quite funny to think that ‘officially’ South Africa are favourites. This just does not ring true. However, most commentors believe that the Aussies have certainly come down a notch… they look more beatable… there bowling especially is exposed… and since that’s not something that can be fixed in a hurry, it may just be that Aussies, like India, are going to go to the World Cup with faith in their ‘batting’ attack… and hope that they just do better than others… ON THAT DAY!

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