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CLT20 'anything but ideal' - Inverarity

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October 12, 2012

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Johnson Charles is dismissed by Mitchell Starc, Australia v West Indies, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20 2012, Colombo, October 5, 2012
Mitchell Starc will have limited time to switch from Twenty20 to first-class cricket © Associated Press

John Inverarity, Australia's national selector, has admitted the Champions League T20 is hindering preparations for the first Test against South Africa next month.

A large group of key players - Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Brad Haddin - are taking part in the CLT20 and it means those players will only have one Sheffield Shield match before the first Test.

"It is anything but an ideal preparation," Inverarity told News Ltd. "You just have to do your best but having the Champions League where it is now is not in the best interests of good preparation for the first Test."

Although Australia's top six is fairly stable after the tour of West Indies earlier this year, and is unlikely to change for the start of the South Africa series, the selectors are still trying to decide their best combination of fast bowlers. This is where the Champions League is adding to their problems by restricting the amount of red-ball cricket for Starc, Hilfenhaus and Cummins.

Cummins is unlikely to feature before the third Test, at Perth, due to his lack of first-class cricket over the last year and worries about him breaking down. "For some time you will not see him play three Tests in a row," Inverarity added.

At this stage Peter Siddle, who is currently playing Shield cricket for Victoria, is the only nailed on member of the bowling attack although is expected to be joined by Hilfenhaus and Nathan Lyon, despite the offspinner's tough start to the season for South Australia, which leaves Starc and James Pattinson vying for the third fast bowler's spot.

Pattinson took 6 for 32 in the recent Shield match against Queensland but Starc also has strong form behind him after a productive time with Yorkshire during the English season and an impressive World Twenty20 where he claimed 10 wickets at six matches.

Inverarity said: "He's been terrific. There is an advantage if you pick your best left-armer."

The other spot that needs to be decided on is who takes the wicketkeeper's gloves. Matthew Wade is the man in possession, after playing against West Indies earlier this year after being called up to replace Haddin who had to return home, and hit a maiden Test hundred in the final match of the series in Dominica.

However, Haddin started the season with 114 against Tasmania to put his name back in the frame. "We will be talking together on the wicketkeeping next week and that is one of the things we will be discussing," Inverarity said.

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Posted by jasif on (October 15, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

what an honest guys he is.......atleast someone has the courage to call a spade a spade

Posted by Hammond on (October 15, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

Firstly welcome back to RandyOz- who went missing for ages. Secondly Inverarity has just given Aussie supporters a decent excuse for getting hammered in this test series. I'd hold onto this one, it's a keeper, and don't forget to get the rest of your excuses ready.

Posted by Meety on (October 15, 2012, 0:17 GMT)

@ BG4cricket on (October 14 2012, 23:49 PM GMT) - if it is Patto v Starc it is tough. I agree that patto appears to be better in longer formats, but Starc has improved rapidly & has the left arm variation. I actually think there is more of a Starc v Hilfy battle.

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 14, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

Yes the preparation is not ideal but perhaps less so for SA as at least some of our players are getting Shield games. For mine Cummins needs some first class matches before he can be picked as he is a big risk on fitness. For mine it is Hilfy and Siddle with a close battle between Patto and Starc for the other spot. I would take Patto as I think he is a better test bowler at this stage - Starc has been excellent in the shorter forms but would like him to have to demonstrate more at first class level to show he can bowl 20 quality overs a day. I would be surprised if Wade was picked - his form since WI has been average and he only got the test spot through Haddin's withdrawal. I think Hadds deserves first crack and his recent ton shows he is back.

Posted by V-Man_ on (October 14, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

I say go with four front line pace bowlers + watto. Swap between Pat and James so they don't break down. Clarke and warner can share the spinning duty. No point in picking a fulltime spinner. At the moment all the fulltime aussie spinners are grade quality. Unless Brad Hogg comes out of retirement.

Posted by anton1234 on (October 14, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

A baseball batter slogs at every pitch whether it is the home run derby or the matches. Its just that the pitches are afst during a macth and tehrefore they rarely connect. T20, on the hand, is proving much more than slogging. Lot of the shots, including the big hits, are correctly played shots. Cricket is a batters game while baseball is pitcher's game. That's the main difference. Let's put it this way, if both teams only scored 30 or 40 runs in a T20 game, do you think anyone would then follow T20 cricket? Of course not. It is precisely the big hits and high run scoring people go to watch. We are also seeing very express fast bowlers like Dale Steyn doing well and the high quality spinners. So, definitely T20 has evolved into proper cricket from the first couple of years when teams just slogged, and in doing so, actually often made lower scores because they were getting caught out in the boundary.

Posted by anton1234 on (October 14, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

Zat, I disagree about baseball. More and more people in the US are becoming bored of baseball precisely because there are so few meaningful hits. The pitcher has such a complete control of the game and when the batters do hit, it invariably goes into foul territory. Baseball hitting is often a matter of luck. You will often notice that in the regular season (162 games each) , even the top teams almost lose as many as they win. One day a team could win 8-1 and then lose 2-10 the next day. Swing at the ball and get lucky once in a while. I read somewhere 45% of MLB players fall into the overweight category.

Also, in T20, lot of the games are decided in the last over and, as witnessed in the recent world cup, at least 2 matches went into the super over. That's how closely fought T20 can be. The nature of T20 games means even one great over could bring a team back int contention.

Posted by RandyOZ on (October 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Why is Haddin mentioned? He won't be near the test team right?

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 14, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

siddle should always be selected, when times are tough he will still battle though. im just happy that mitch j does not seem to be in the selectors minds these days which must be a plus for the aussies.

Posted by Dashgar on (October 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

@Brannavan, have you even seen Cummins' record? He's only played 4 First Class games and has a bowling average of 33.37. Siddle is an experienced bowler with a reputation for breaking partnerships and bowling just as quick at the end of a day as at the start. He will be the first fast bowler picked for very good reason. Also he's in good form with the bat (2 first class 50s already this season) so will strengthen our lower order.

Posted by Meety on (October 14, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

@ Chris_P on (October 14 2012, 02:40 AM GMT) - I think a slight schedule change to the Shield has allowed Test players a hit out in the QLD v NSW match. I think we are slightly better off than the Saffas, as they are going to play 1 3-day match against Oz A. That Oz A side will be interesting.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Ridiculous. Cummins, Pattinson and Hilfenhous should all come ahead of Siddle in the pecking order for the first test. Their records speak for themselves and Cummins was great against the same opposition when Australia last played them. Hilfenhous is our best genuine swing bowler. Pattinson had a great summer last year as well. All should come ahead of Siddle, match practice or not

Posted by mamboman on (October 14, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

It's 20/20 - why do't we just send out under 21 sides to get some experience? It's not important or relevant, really.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 14, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

@Chris_P, yes question arises whether Watson can keep his form he had for the T20 world cup during the summer. Aussie batting for tests looks quite good really, but Ponting is still the doubt. As a Lankan I am sure our main difficulty will be in the tests. But we have won 6 out of the last 10 ODIs we played against the Aussies in Australia. I recall you saying that Lankan fans might be in for disappointment, yes but dont forget that last time we came, Sanga scored 192 and umpiring error by Koertzen proved disastrous. Now with DRS in full swing, I am sure we should have better luck but winning a test series is ruled out for us. After all NZ won in Hobart last year and we can have in our minds the fact that we beat SA in SA on Boxing Day last year, so we have all to play for. Furthermore, there will be more Lankans cheering in Melbourne on Boxing Day than what you will see in any test match in Sri Lanka. Looking forward to an exciting Australian summer of cricket.

Posted by Advin on (October 14, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Inverarity is right that the T20 is not the way to prepare for a marquee test series.As a nuetral,I cannot wait for the real battle to commence when Australia and SA square off in a few weeks.I do hope this meaningless CLT20 does not end up injuring key players.Yesterday we saw Kallis nurse his shoulder while bowling and retire hurt after getting hit while batting.We need both the teams to have their best players available for what promises to be an exciting series.

Posted by ygkd on (October 14, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

What @Moppa says about franchises affecting the other forms is perfectly correct. T20 can work to the benefit of cricket in general, but it will take a juggling act of some magnitude to pull it off.

Posted by ygkd on (October 14, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

T20 is fracturing Test-preparation - no question. Putting domestic T20 into franchise-land diminished the states' control on domestic cricket, that is as big a problem as the over-burdened schedule. So states now concentrate on FC & ODD and maybe that sounds okay, but is it part of the reason why pitches in Australia are losing their diversity as they strive for the points from 4-day results rather than draws? I know some don't agree that they are becoming more homogenous seamer-friendly jobs - in that case, I politely suggest having a read of Darren Berry's latest article ("When First Class is Second Class" 14/10). I still say we need to think again re pitch diversity and bring back spin (Sydney doesn't cut it as a turner anymore).

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

@Zat: if you are referring to my comments re 20/20 and baseball, you misunderstood me. I compared 20/20 with the Home Run Derby, not MLB itself. Baseball is a great sport, and one of the most tactical sports around. I enjoy MLB almost as much as test cricket. The Home Run Derby, however, is a once-a-year slogfest, where the biggest hitters see how many home runs they can hit off a set number of pitches. No tactics, just slogging. The "pitcher" isn't even a real pitcher, just someone lobbing it up for the batter. 20/20 is the same - just hit it as far as possible, as often as possible. No tactics, very one-dimensional. In fact, I don't know why 20/20 doesn't remove bowlers altogether, as there is nothing in the game for them, and replace them with a bowling machine, bowling half-trackers. Then the batsmen can just slog it over mid-wicket all day (already the most common shot in 20/20). On the upside, this will save bowlers' energies for real cricket, where they can contribute

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Siddle, Hilfenlhaus, Lyon and Pattinson. Starc should be in the frame for the 2nd and 3rd tests but his lack of red ball experience so far should count against him. Pattinson's 6-32 has reminded everyone just what he's capable of and if we want a strong domestic structure we need to reward players who play well at shield level.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 14, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

@Chris_P, in my view Australia's best pace bowler is Ryan Harris as he was the star overhere last year. He by and large prevented us winning the Galle test by breaking the threatening partnership of Angelo and Mahela Jaya. In the rain hit 2nd test in Pallekelle which we should have lost, Harris proved the biggest threat. Whilst Starc and Cummins are fantastic, I think Pattinson is too expensive, and even injury prone. I hope Hobart will help our bowlers like Angelo and Thisara cos Hobart is like typical English and NZ conditions helping swing bowling.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 14, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

@Sinhaya. Totally agree, but after his fractured run for years, I think Watson wants to make the most of it, he does seem to enjoy himself no matter what form of cricket he plays, you can see it in his manner how much he loves playing. As you know, consistent form is difficult to maintain & golden runs end at some point.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 14, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

@Meety. It was great to have Clarke playing grade cricket. If I wasn't playing myself I would have had a look at him & the competition.That aside, to have both the T20 world cup & the CLT20 following does us no favours. I am worried about the workload of the players & certainly the preparation for the upcoming series. Watson's & Warner's roles to date leave them almost no time for test preparation.

Posted by Meety on (October 14, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

@Zat. on (October 13 2012, 23:17 PM GMT) - I agree T20 v MLB in the States will be a no-contest, but as you said the target is ex-pat asians & their offspring. I think that with the internet, test cricket can be followed in the States (just ask landl47) - so there is a good chance that T20 can be the outlet for that niche. If you look at Soccer in the US, it does not compete directly with the big sports, but has developed & grown their niche brilliantly. I don't think the US cricket administrators will do as good of a job as Soccer, but if they get it half right, the US could quickly get to where Ireland is now. @Moppa on (October 13 2012, 23:50 PM GMT) - spot on, although I do think we will see more & more erosion on the quaint delights of Test cricket like "technique" that may diminish it's charm. I almost wish for T20 to be a different sport - SORT of like Union v League!

Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Siddle Pattinson Hilfy and Starc. spin selection will be the hard one, Lyons has had no form what so every. he is getting belted in state level from us so called bad players of spin, i would not have him in the side until he takes a bag full of wickets in state or club level, would rather play a Brad Hogg rather then the form of our spinners in Australian level, would love to see Cosgrove get another chance

Posted by Moppa on (October 13, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

I think that T20 needs Test cricket and vice versa, but it is incorrect to think that administrators sit down and jointly plan the right balance of both forms of the game. Rather, different interest groups (e.g. IPL team owners) and different groups of sponsors will pull in different directions in their own interests. This is why striking the right balance between all forms of the game is so hard in reality. It also explains why Cricket Australia is in the inconsistent position of supporting the CLT20 at the direct expense of its Test team. This is not to bash T20, but to argue that if T20 is fully separated from the structure of first class and Test cricket that supports it, the weight of money will tip the balance towards T20 to the ultimate detriment of the game. The onus is on bodies like CA, who have an interest in both forms, to keep the balance and not give T20 full commercial rein. However, the 'franchise' model established in the IPL/BBL makes this much harder.

Posted by Zat. on (October 13, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

I am a fan of cricket and baseball.

To those saying t20 cricket is like baseball, you're wrong. In baseball, home runs are an eagerly anticipated treat that may happen a couple of times a game, but ay happen not at all. Part of the fascination of the game of baseball is the relative scarcity of the batter beating the pitcher.

T20 'cricket' takes the equation so far out of whack in favour in the batsman's favour that sixes and fours became so common they're dull.

Baseball as a sport is also a contest through the cours elf the game. In t20, the result can often be predicted by the halfway point of the first innings.

And for anyone saying t20 will become huge in the USA, it might, among the expat subcontinental community, but 'mom and dad' and 'apple pie' Americans won't be swayed. The inherent weaknesses in t20 will quickly become evident. MLB averaged over 35000 to games

Posted by Moppa on (October 13, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

@1MAK7, let me help you out... Australia play South Africa in Perth finishing on 4 December, and then Sri Lanka in Hobart starting on 14 December. I doubt many of the players in the Test team will play in any Big Bash games in between. Our preparation for the SL series is... three Tests in four weeks against the No.1 Test team in the world. Somehow I think we'll be sufficiently well prepared for Sri Lanka...

Posted by Meety on (October 13, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

Where I think Inverarity has it all over Hilditch is in the area of communication. I think (judging by articles where he's been quoted & from some of the players quoted), that the players know where they stand & are given logical assessments & reasons for non-inclusion in a side (usually the most contentious part of player/selector relations). I imagine that the positions up for grabs (bowling & keeping), will be dealt with the same way. As for the Gabba, haircut aside, its hard to go past Patto, but I think Starc is a better bowler now than 12mths ago & IF you have an right hand offie, Starc would be compatible. I wonder how rock-solid is Hilfy to be selected? He has had little cricket of late, & it may be Hilfy v Starc for a starting spot. == == == I hope that when the starting XI is decided, whatever bowler that misses out - needs to be shipped back to Shield & not sit around doing 12th man duties. On tour there are benefits, at home I think playing is more important!

Posted by Meety on (October 13, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

@Smith Robertson - I think Cricket fans are dubiuos about T20 & the effects on cricket overall, but I think (in Oz) anyway, the main driving force to T20 (apart from administrators), are the non-cricket fans & people who may have a passing interest in cricket. If Administrators can appeal to that market (which is really entertainment driven & not wreck the ideals that cricket fans love in Tests & to a lessor extent ODIs), we have a more viable sport world wide. The problem is, I think it will eat away at Test cricket. @Biggus/Chris P - one positive is that some top line cricketers played 1st Grade wicket over the week end! @maddy20 on (October 13 2012, 15:27 PM GMT) - well you would know an excuse when you see one. After all Dhoni is full of them!

Posted by anton1234 on (October 13, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Yes I think we will see T20 cricket become a separate and distinct form of the game from tests.

Grant Sansom-Sherwill, I disagree. It is is not like home run derby; it is like baseball but only better. However, I do agree with you there is too much of T20s. One domestic league for each country is enough and the yearly world cup.

In the future you are going to see cricketers that only play T20s. These are going to big, powerfully built guys who can hit the ball far. You have to admit t20 is exciting. its fast, energetic, lot of big hitting. I also predict T20 will become huge in America.

As for the CLT20, completely unnecessary and it is basically a truncated IPL with half the teams from IPL represented. Don't the

Posted by maddy20 on (October 13, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

South Africa will thrash Aus anyway and it looks like they are already preparing their list of excuses. Unfortunately for AusSeveral key players of SA including Jacques Kallis are participating in CLt20. So that rules out this excuse. Also its not like any Aus team will make it to the finals anyway!

Posted by 1MAK7 on (October 13, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

@zenboomerang: You gave the answer yourself. Let the Aussie players not participate in the CLT20 too like they are doing in the Big Bash. And if playing "just ONE" BBL match before your Test series against SL starts is good preparation, why not play more than one T20 game before the series against SA too? Ohh......your worry is that SA is stronger than SL?? I think SL is stronger than Aus too!!!

Posted by Jaffa79 on (October 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

In the future it is going to be completely untenable for cricketers to play all 3 formats in the future. Whether or not myself or anyone likes T20, or finds it a detriment to the future of test cricket, it seems inevitable that it is here to stay. Cricketers, whilst not mercenary, want to be able to boost their earning potential and they will want to play in these lucrative competitions and leagues. I just hope we get rid of the 50 over stuff before important test matches are played by teams without their best players.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (October 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Problem of Riches for Australia. If it was my England you were talking about it, it would be a non-issue, as on the whole, none of the teams are good enough to keep English players tied up in CLT20 for any length of time; as exhibited by our ignominious exit in the WC!. At least we can now concentrate more solidly on the Peitersen soap-opera, I hear that Jeremy Kyle will be standing in as adjudicator for KP's "re-integration".

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

20/20 is a blight on the real game. It's the game compromising itself for the revenue. Though in the real world that's not to be unexpected. If it ever means that the long form of the game is no longer played as a result, then one day it will come back because it is the real game

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

@NIT2222 Aussie sides with no star players will not make BCCI Happy or might cause less interest in Aus ... CL future is not looking bright

Posted by kensohatter on (October 13, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@Grant Sansom... Never have I agreed more with someones comments. 20/20 is an absolute joke and is destroying the game I love so much. The problem is that it is at its very essence NOT cricket. Its not a strategic battle between bat and ball. Its just about who can slog the most sixes. I know this sounds extreme but I truly fear its the beginning of the end for our once great game. Test cricket amongst the 8 test nations MUST be prioritised

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

T20 is the 'real' cricket... Boooo Test cricket and it's dull fans! ;)

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

20/20 cricket is a hindrance to real cricket, full stop. It is consuming time and energy that should be spent on test cricket.

Initially it was a mildly interesting sideshow, and rare. Sort of what the Home Run Derby is to Major League Baseball (apt comparison, as 20/20 is also all about seeing how far you can slog the ball, and how often, and nothing else).

Now it is everywhere, as administrators use it to fleece the public (and then wonder why their best players complain about being tired).

One thing about 20/20 hasn't changed: it was initially meant to be watched by people who know nothing about cricket, and that is still the case.

Posted by NIT2222 on (October 13, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

I guess australia board shd have stopped hussey starc cummins watson warner frm champions league. First preference shd be given for test matches... T20 is ntn just a fun match... Test matches are important than T20.... or else they shd atleast keep certain no of matches for each players nd call em back...

Posted by Auscricketfan on (October 13, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

The T20 champions league was always going to pose problems for Australia"s preparation before this test series, the selectors should of sat down and discussed how they could get these players playing red ball cricket before the Gabba test... My 11 would be 1)Warner 2)Cowan 3)Watson 4)Ponting 5)Clarke 6)M.Hussey 7)Haddin(WK) 8)Siddle 9)Pattinson 10)Hilfenhaus 11)Lyon

Posted by Flat_Track_bullies on (October 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

It doesnt work for you Inveriarity - its good for PLAYERS AND WATCHING PUBLIC...especially in the long run..!!! if we cricket can follow football..this could be very rewarding for most stakeholders..

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 13, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Mr. Inverarity, According to international Scenario, Player always said I was tired because I was playing outside the country. However, same cricket if he is playing in his own country so that would not be in accountability. As evidence to open eye, I will recommend IPL as model where Indian did not as per required according to WT20 beside this, SA Player F du Plessis not IPL signed Batsmen made unbeaten 65 on 38 balls against India. SO BE CAUTIONS, This practice will not help Aus. player as SA will beat them due to their tiredness of CLT20.

Posted by goodhoot on (October 13, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

I think the bowlers should be taking all the bowling they can get to harden them up for upcoming tests etc.At the moment Peter Siddle looks like the only bowler who could get through a day of test cricket ie hot trying conditions,batsman friendly pitch,fielders dropping catches etc.These young 'uns gotta be case hardened for the load they're going to be asked to bear as Glenn McGrath did so many times

Posted by everestpeak on (October 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Has AUS been happy with any T20 fixture? They always seem to complain when things are not going in their direction. The CLT20 Schedule has been announced quite some time back.

When AUS exited the ICC T20 Trophy, why did Shane stay back to receive the man of the tournament award? the AUS board could have insisted Shane fly back for practice.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (October 13, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Actually Australia had the same situation in the last home Ashes. Some players were off playing Champions league and the Test players had an ODI series against SL and little or no Shield games. England in the meantime arrived early and played at least 3 warm up games. Not that it altered the series result in my opinion but it certainly didn't help. There should be a World t20 or a Champions league but not both.

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 13, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

i dont think its an issue. no excuses, if they have a SS match then thats enough prep and they should be reading to go and jumping out of their skins and if it is so much of a concern then why not barr starc, hussey, warner, watson, haddin, cummins and hilfenhaus from playing the tournament

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (October 13, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Simple. Hilfy, Sids, Patto and Starc should all play. Nathan Lyon is a bit out of form and it is in Perth, where there is no need for a spinner. Simple.

Posted by krish1944 on (October 13, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

What Governor says is correct. You need T20 to finance tests.And tests are watched only by a few - can they ever finance the tests only through their gate money,rare sponsor etc?

Posted by Biggus on (October 13, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Having met Invers on a few occasions I can vouch that he's an extremely sensible, calm man not given to hyperbole. Those who have taken such offence at what he's said should really calm down too, he's not having a go at anyone, just making a statement of fact. It obviously NOT ideal to have players off elsewhere when you're preparing for a tough series, and as for excuses the posters here most offended at his utterings seem to originate from a certain region, the captain of whose team is the world champion in excuse offering. There was a comment earlier about glass houses and stones......

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 13, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

@Chris_P, I fully agree with you. This whole CLT20 is meaningless. I think Watson might be a bit too tired by the time he arrives in Australia. He was in prime form in the T20 world cup and also in UAE. He may have been better off resting 2 weeks. Wish if Watson and Mike Hussey could have had the choice to opt out of the CLT20.

Posted by here2rock on (October 13, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Too much T20 cricket and not enough real cricket. I wish T20 never took off and we could see some real cricket.

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

What Inverarity is saying makes sense.You don't prepare for a Marathon by running 100m sprints.This didn't happen in the past when Test match cricket was accorded the respect it deserves.And for those who say the Aussies are just making excuses I would say play the game and find out why cricket is the most technically and mentally demanding sport in the world.

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 13, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

It is interesting that Inverarity says that the wicketkeeper position is still open, when Clarke has already commented that Haddin is his pick for the job come the 1st Test... Maybe Clarke opened his mouth too soon, or that he already knows who will be selected - mixed messages from the NSP or just a bit smoke & mirrors to keep the media quiet on the subject?...

Posted by zenboomerang on (October 13, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

@1MAK7... Glad you comment on an Oz article when you know nothing about Oz cricket :P ... The Shield started nearly a month ago yet some of our Test quality players have been involved in the T20 WC followed straight after by another 'hit & giggle' in the CLT20... The Saffa Test series will be over in November before the BBL starts in December & none of the Test players will be involved in any more than 1 match before the start of the SL Test series in mid December... The only "glasshouse" is the one you live in...

Posted by Vincent49 on (October 13, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

It's time to let 20/20 go all together as it it's interfering with preparations for the real matches that are coming up. Shield cricket is the bread and butter and should not be cut short, when there is a huge 12 months of cricket coming up. But the players are seduced by the money. Bring 20/20 down forever.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (October 13, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

@Chandra Gopalswamy, Test matches are not won in the field. They are won by good consistent pressure building bowling and patient confident batting.

Neither of those things do well in T20. T20 is a see ball hit ball batting game with the bowler trying to have as much variety and unpredictability as possible so the batsmen doesn't see the ball as well. Hardly a good preparation for test cricket. It's like running sprints to train for a marathon, just idiotic.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Finally can't wait for a real series to start for once after all those T20 matches. But is it just me or have Cricket fans actually starting to get bored of T20 a bit now considering a lot has been played? anyway really hope Australia regains the Number 1 ranking by next summer and beat South Africa I predict a great summer contest between these two sides 2-1 to either side hopefully Australia.

Posted by Governor on (October 12, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

The problem is James Sutherland and Cricket Australia have a continual love affair with Indian Cricket and Twenty 20 cricket. They view 20-20 as the financial lifeline to finance test matches and shield matches. Twenty 20 cricket is a huge money spinner for Cricket Australia. And, James Sutherland never played test match cricket. He needs to listen to Pat Howard and the selectors. He is more interested in the branding of Australian cricket.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 12, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

@Gautam N. Shenoy. No excuses pal, just plain common sense. Help me understand how playing T20 is in any way ideal preparation for an upcoming 5 day test series when 7 of your team is involved? The games are nothing alike. Try to gain just a hint of understanding about cricket please. Ditto to @Supramaniam KD.

Posted by 1MAK7 on (October 12, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

Thanks Mr. Inverarity. Having the Big Bash a week before your home Test series must be the 'ideal' preparation you must be looking for I think! #glasshouses

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (October 12, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

No doubt , it would be a great contest. There are no clear favorites but RSA have the edge. Aus chances depend on how wel they tackle Amla(who is not even the second best batsmen of their team but present best in the world),kallis and steyn

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (October 12, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

@ Gautam N. Shenoy and Supramaniam KD ...we Aussies still have plenty of excuses in the kit bag, we have not had to use ANY for the last 12 to 18 months.

Posted by OzWally on (October 12, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

For all the naysayers, Inverarity isn't making excuses, he's stating the obvious. And why isn't T20 ideal? Because you only bowl 4 overs a day, 4 day Shield cricket back home would better prepare these guys for 5 day Test cricket. And finally, Australia has the best Test cricket record over the past 12 months - 8 wins from 11 matches and recently drew 1-1 with SA in SA. Australia will be back to #1 by the end of the Sri Lanka series! Mark my words.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

@Gautam N. Shenoy. Bulls eye my dear. OZ earlier used to create fuss before a series, now they look for excuses.

Posted by Sharbigma on (October 12, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Shenoy Bro, I don't think that the Aussies will lose to SA as tamely as England did. They have good fast bowlers and a decent batting side, they can win this series if they play to their potential.

Posted by Hammond on (October 12, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

The whole style of cricket is destroying the game, from youth to senior cricket.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

How come playing International cricket is not ideal..? but doing net practice is better? Please start thinking T20 is also a very good practice, routine to prepare to play test or any cricket... Much hard preparation than a net practice and exercise and simulated fielding drills..

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Now itself many people saying its T20 Overdose, If all champions from all countries invited, it ll take minimum a month for the tourney to get complete!..

Otherwise, if still they want it, This should be conducted like the Football Champions league. every teams into groups!.. (No qualifiers need imo)..

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Well here starts the beginning of a long list of excuses for a series loss to South Africa. Good anticipation by Inverarity..

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