Australia in Bangladesh 2011 April 6, 2011

Watson looks ahead to 'exciting' new era

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Shane Watson, the newly appointed Australian vice-captain, has said he is looking forward to an "exciting" new era as his team shifts focus from a disappointing World Cup campaign to the one-day series against Bangladesh.

"It's very disappointing not to get through further than what we did in the World Cup. Unfortunately, that's been done with and we have got to move on," Watson said on Wednesday. "We have got three games in Bangladesh with a new captain (Michael Clarke) that will add a slightly new dynamic to our team. I think it's really an exciting phase in Australian cricket. It's a changing time in Australian cricket."

This will be Ricky Ponting's first ODI series as a rank-and-file player since 2002, after leading Australia in a record 228 one-dayers. He stepped down as leader after Australia's campaign for a fourth straight World Cup ended in a quarter-final defeat to India last month.

Watson said the continued presence of Ponting in the side will help Australia's attempts to arrest their slide from dominance. "I think it is absolutely brilliant that Ricky still continues to play on. Having his experience around the group is very important for our development moving forward."

Australian coach Tim Nielsen agreed Ponting will be an influential player during the transitional phase. "Michael had done a little bit of captaincy before but Shane hadn't necessarily been involved in the leadership group at all. So it will be excellent for both of them to have Ricky's experience, cricket knowledge and his competitiveness."

Australia play a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on Thursday in Fatullah, before taking on Bangladesh in three one-dayers starting April 9.

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  • Biggus on April 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    @Meety-LOL mate! Yep, the IPL does indeed beat the early morning infomercials for Abdominal tighteners and beauty products but T20 per se is to me cricket shorn of almost all of it's subtlety and nuance, and it's precisely those characteristics which have always been most appealing to me in the game. To each their own, but when a domestic T20 game is on I find myself getting up to mow the lawn or clean out the gutters.

  • Meety on April 9, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - mate our socceroos recently handed an Indian soccer team their butts on a plate 5-0 I think! Oz already focus on other sports like the Commonwealth Games that we won mire Gold medals then the hosts! How many cureent Olympic Gold medalists does India have? You almost coud see say that sport-wise India are a one trick show pony! LOL! @Biggus -I'm the same with T20, when I'm up feeding my 10mth old @ 3am - I'll defiantely watch the IPL instead of Ahh Bra Informercials & 10 minute work out advertisements. @MasterClass -of course if you're of Indian origin you should be proud of the IPL spectacle. I think in Great sport is entertainment, whereas the IPL & to a lesser extent T20 is just entertainment, it doesn't really fire me up. When Oz lost the T20 W/Cup to the Saffa2nd XIs last year I just said "Doh!" & went about my business, I didn't kick any cats, or give the missus a gobful! LOL! I just changed channell & watched Everybody Loves Raymond which is also entertainment!

  • Biggus on April 8, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    To all those Bangladeshis, don't let the knockers get you down, we're going to play some good cricket, have some fun, make some new friends and build a bridge of understanding between our two nations. Now what could be bad about that eh? Cricket should be all about bringing us together, not giving us cause to argue.

  • Biggus on April 8, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @MasterClass-It isn't just the IPL, T20 leaves me cold, and I'm afraid I find the IPL event crass and awfully over commercial. Sorry mate, I'll just never get into T20.

  • drvivek71179 on April 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    i m sure aussies will be a force again in near a year or so...they went through such rebuilding before...dont u remember titan cup in india where they lost all the games...but soon they bounce back...the same is going to happen...the only thing that disappoints me is the players selection.....plz insert dan christain and o'keefe in playing eleven...both will be future stars if not dan christain is definately a match winner....after a long time australia produce a balanced bowling and batting allrounder who can win games with both bat and ball

  • on April 8, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    @capt.meanster : please dont be talking about other teams of australia as they have other teams who end up competing in world level. india has only one team that is cricket. india is nowhere in hockey, soccer tennis or anything else..so instead of u focusing on criticizing other teams of other countries, why dont u try to tell me what team does india have that has done something apart from cricket. even in cricket, india has a long way to go before it dominates the cricket world like aussies did. im an indian but im not arrogant to not see the flaws of india even when i enjoy the victory of the world up

  • on April 8, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I agree it will be exciting new era - But it will be for REST OF THE WORLD!

  • MinusZero on April 7, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Exciting new era with the same old players

  • sandeepgov on April 7, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Just cant wait to see the race between Ricky and Sachin.

  • anIndianKid_in_theUS on April 7, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @ Ar-Rafi Ferdous Zaman: Yes, Rahul Pathak is talking about the same Bangladesh who played against India 23 times and won 2 times out of which 1 of them happened to be in the 2007 world cup

    I don't understand why the Bangladesh fans have to talk about India. This is about Bangladesh Vs Australia and there is nothing wrong in people saying "Bangladesh don't stand a chance against Australia". Please learn to accept the facts..

  • Biggus on April 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    @Meety-LOL mate! Yep, the IPL does indeed beat the early morning infomercials for Abdominal tighteners and beauty products but T20 per se is to me cricket shorn of almost all of it's subtlety and nuance, and it's precisely those characteristics which have always been most appealing to me in the game. To each their own, but when a domestic T20 game is on I find myself getting up to mow the lawn or clean out the gutters.

  • Meety on April 9, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - mate our socceroos recently handed an Indian soccer team their butts on a plate 5-0 I think! Oz already focus on other sports like the Commonwealth Games that we won mire Gold medals then the hosts! How many cureent Olympic Gold medalists does India have? You almost coud see say that sport-wise India are a one trick show pony! LOL! @Biggus -I'm the same with T20, when I'm up feeding my 10mth old @ 3am - I'll defiantely watch the IPL instead of Ahh Bra Informercials & 10 minute work out advertisements. @MasterClass -of course if you're of Indian origin you should be proud of the IPL spectacle. I think in Great sport is entertainment, whereas the IPL & to a lesser extent T20 is just entertainment, it doesn't really fire me up. When Oz lost the T20 W/Cup to the Saffa2nd XIs last year I just said "Doh!" & went about my business, I didn't kick any cats, or give the missus a gobful! LOL! I just changed channell & watched Everybody Loves Raymond which is also entertainment!

  • Biggus on April 8, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    To all those Bangladeshis, don't let the knockers get you down, we're going to play some good cricket, have some fun, make some new friends and build a bridge of understanding between our two nations. Now what could be bad about that eh? Cricket should be all about bringing us together, not giving us cause to argue.

  • Biggus on April 8, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @MasterClass-It isn't just the IPL, T20 leaves me cold, and I'm afraid I find the IPL event crass and awfully over commercial. Sorry mate, I'll just never get into T20.

  • drvivek71179 on April 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    i m sure aussies will be a force again in near a year or so...they went through such rebuilding before...dont u remember titan cup in india where they lost all the games...but soon they bounce back...the same is going to happen...the only thing that disappoints me is the players selection.....plz insert dan christain and o'keefe in playing eleven...both will be future stars if not dan christain is definately a match winner....after a long time australia produce a balanced bowling and batting allrounder who can win games with both bat and ball

  • on April 8, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    @capt.meanster : please dont be talking about other teams of australia as they have other teams who end up competing in world level. india has only one team that is cricket. india is nowhere in hockey, soccer tennis or anything else..so instead of u focusing on criticizing other teams of other countries, why dont u try to tell me what team does india have that has done something apart from cricket. even in cricket, india has a long way to go before it dominates the cricket world like aussies did. im an indian but im not arrogant to not see the flaws of india even when i enjoy the victory of the world up

  • on April 8, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I agree it will be exciting new era - But it will be for REST OF THE WORLD!

  • MinusZero on April 7, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Exciting new era with the same old players

  • sandeepgov on April 7, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Just cant wait to see the race between Ricky and Sachin.

  • anIndianKid_in_theUS on April 7, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @ Ar-Rafi Ferdous Zaman: Yes, Rahul Pathak is talking about the same Bangladesh who played against India 23 times and won 2 times out of which 1 of them happened to be in the 2007 world cup

    I don't understand why the Bangladesh fans have to talk about India. This is about Bangladesh Vs Australia and there is nothing wrong in people saying "Bangladesh don't stand a chance against Australia". Please learn to accept the facts..

  • Farhad-Shamsi on April 7, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    @Jama: Australia has done the right thing playing in Bangladesh rather than in hyped IPL. Only reason IND won this WC is they played at home. IND will be out in the first round in the next WC in Australia. Bangladesh does not need neighbors like India, who have never invited them. Really grateful to Australia for coming to Bangladesh. Bangladesh's young team will mature and be a force in the next few years.

  • ravishankar231 on April 7, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Go for kill Aussies.. Beat the BD team blue and black.. Let their fans know where the BD team belong in ICC world. This BD team was day dreaming to win the WC 2011 and their fans were vociferous without understanding the reality.

  • johnnybox on April 7, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Is it true that all test playing nations have to play each nation at home at least once every 10 years? If so, it seems that India have never invited Bangladesh to play any tests in India. Why might that be?

  • on April 7, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Lol.

    Only three teams will rule the cricketing stage for the next 5 years what i think.

    PAKISTAN,INDIA AND ENGLAND

  • Percy_Fender on April 7, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    For the people who have berated Bangladesh's chances because they played badly in the World Cup, I would like to issue a word of warning. At home they can surprise anyone. With their spinners and batsmen They should do well against Australia. In fact they played very well against England too when they last went there.

  • on April 7, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Oh Capt "Meanster", India didn't put Australia down, Australia slumped by themselves due to mass retirements and are now rebuilding back to the top. India just continued playing its "pretty good/fairweather" brand of cricket and happened to make it to the top. They'll never match the professionalism, talent and grit of the top Aussie sides- they don't have the same fighting spirit. Australia will always be the standard other teams set themselves at. Right now you're on top but don't kid yourselves, you aren't in the same league as the Aussie team from 1999 to 2007, let's face it. And when Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag go, you'll be back down the mountain climbing out. Hopefully it won't take too long, it did get a bit boring for us for a decade or two when we won pretty well everything!

  • on April 7, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Aussies are new a new Indian team of 90's where they felt everything exiting coz of experiments each time wondering and being anxious as to what next will click for us... Clarke's captaincy, Watson's batting, Ricky's experience, Lee's never die attitude, which one will work .. is the exiting attitude right now !!!

    On the other hand Indian Team is a New Aussie team of late 90s till 2007 where they are confident of their performance with Cool Head on their shoulders... IPL will only add to new faces who know that performing best will only make them burst in the Indian Team..

  • Okakaboka on April 7, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Hate to say it but White is gone! What the hell are the coaches doing? He is now getting worse with every innings. If he is not rested soon and sent back to the Victorian coaches to fix, he may be dropped from the Victorian team before the national team. Now, why isn't Pattinson playing in this game??? Selectors....Durrrrrrr Brains! Hilditch & Co. ....You are killing OUR team. My message remains the same....unless moderated by Hilditch's Uncle again....HILDITCH....YOU'RE FIRED!!!

  • on April 7, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    please update the scorecard...pls

  • on April 7, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    There have always been lost generations of cricketers in every conutry! Unable for one reason or another not exposed to the highest levels of the game, in Ausralia right now we do need to give the next crop of talented cricketers that exposure. That is why for example there has been an increase in the number of teams in state competitions (beware ! there are numberof fast bowlers just itchng to "have a go"). As for @sandeeprevi; "they just want to fast track", I seem to remember a 16year old Tandulka been fast tracked and"given a go" no complaints there I hope!

  • on April 7, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    dono wat the hell cam White is doing in the team... 4 from 11 balls still coming ahead of hussy... wat the hell wrong with the selection comitte leaving gems like dan Christian and picking white..even Smith is safe bet than white... really frustrated being an aussie fan from india... sack those staffs & coach..aussies will dominate again

  • jonesy2 on April 7, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    it is exciting. but i dont think watto should be vice captain, he has too much on his shoulders already, being the best player in the world and being an allrounder who opens the batting is too much.

  • on April 7, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @ jama ; how can u say that like nonsense that its 3-0 in aussies favour , aussi are not in best form and they will play under new captain . I think bangla tiger will put storng fight against them , they will certaily win atleast one game. They are certainly improving as a test cricket nation , and those days are not far away when bangladesh will beat strong teams in test match regularly.

  • yorkslanka on April 7, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Hopefully Clarke will bring decent sportsmaanship back to the Australian team as he seems like s good guy who knows how to play the game the right way. Whilst being a fantastic player, this is something his predecessor lacked. There is nothing 0wrong with playing hard, but it has to be. In the right way, Sangakkara is the perfect example.

  • on April 7, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    @Ar-Rafu Frodus Zaman, Yeah the same lowly standard Bangladesh, whom India crushed in the opening World Cup 2011 game by 87 runs, after scoring the tournaments highest score of 370.

  • MasterClass on April 7, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    @Biggus - If you lived in India or of Indian origin you would understand why the hype about the IPL. It is truly a fantastic tournament. However, I accept that others don't "get it". I actually live in the US where franchise sport is the norm, and national teams the anomaly. Franchise teams are actually quite a healthy thing for sport because it get's rid of jingoism and gives one the pleasure of having mixed teams where I may be rooting for a team that includes Sachin, Symonds, Pollard and Malinga along with some talented locals! Don't tell me that's not great fun! Add to that the people watching of the rich & famous (al la Jack Nicholson @ Laker games) a crazy mad crowd, and some pretty GOOD CRICKET and how can you complain? Have an open mind. You may just be surprised and find yourself liking it. Sure, it's not proper cricket, but it still requires skills, strategies and a great captain. Just look at the last 3 winners: Warne, Gilly and Dhoni...what else need one say.

  • zapper22 on April 7, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - We are still to see what Indianism means. Winning a WC is one thing and playing like champions is another. We will see how India manages to play now that all teams will try knocking them off. Pakistan in 1992 and SL in 1996, could not do it. As for putting Australia in their rightful place--well try this, 12 years of being world champions, 34 match unbeaten streak in CWC, 2 streaks of 16 consecutive wins in test cricket, Test series win (and not drawing series) home and away against every test nation --- Let alone bettering these feat, if India even matches them over the next few years, i will be surprised--they are still to come to grips with life after tendulkar, laxman, dravid and bhajji, zaheer going towards twilight in their careers. And we know how india performs sans these two bowlers. If i were you i would just hope i havent opened by big mouth too soon.

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on April 7, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    'Experience' - The most overrated word in sport. Whats the point of having 'experience' when that person is out of form, with reflexes slowing and being the player he never used to be. I would much rather have inexperience if the player is approaching the peak of his career, in form, with a decade of cricket ahead of him and his reflexes as good as ever. Clarke has been groomed for the role long enough, its time for him to stand on his own 2 feet without Ponting hanging around to help.

  • Sammy_07 on April 7, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Ponting is playing to catch up with Sachin's records and what easier way than piling runs against minnow BD!! Though he has been unsuccessful against a bunch of minnow teams for the last 2 years.

  • on April 7, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    @Biggus I think you are spot on on your IPL assesment..... IPL is just a piece of garbage cricket. the real fun is in international encounters.

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Go Aussie Go....................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • howizzat on April 7, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    Aussies have definitely a good number of world beating players. But the hollow aussie pride is hurting them. They should look at ground realties before marching forward. Rebuilding their mental approach to the the game is the need of the hour. Punter is one of the greatest batsmen I have seen but his take it for granted attitude as a captain has led to the downfall. Clarke's utterings as a new captain indicate he has realized the ground realties. But how he will shape up, coming days will tell us.

  • Scgboy on April 7, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Australia has to move on at some point and build for the future, that starts kinda now. Really don't see what s wrong with ponting playing on ,hes still our best bat.It might be hard for him, but if he still has the fire in the belly then good on him.We need him.

  • on April 7, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Well Clarke did say he'd wait until after Bangladesh to implement major changes. Since he's just started as captain I'll take his word for it for now. On the other hand it would have been a good opportunity to let the new blood settle in before tough tours to SA and SL, which would be a baptism of fire for anyone new coming in. I just hope they don't chicken out and decide to push the changes further and further back, which is what I think they've been doing for years, leaving them in the state they're in now.

    Also I hope Ponting will be wise enough to realize that it's imperative he keeps relatively quiet in his new role. There's not much point in having a new captain if the old one's still going to be influential in the background.

  • on April 7, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    World Cup loss is no setback to the Australian team rather I feel the torch to the next generation was passed a bit late...already I sense a new era of dominance is gonna begun soon....Way to go Clarke...

  • gzawilliam on April 7, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Is it just me or has Watson put on some more weight. That photo makes him look chubby.

  • BohemianBlues on April 7, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    @Biggus: Liked it. @Jama: Here comes the new octopus Paul!! thank god. u have at least given them 60 years!! some team started playing in 20s-30s and only became a team of substance in 80s. so history is there!!

  • Meety on April 7, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    @biggus - yep I agree 100% there matey, both about attitude & IPL! Our biggest hindrance is that I get the feeling that we don't have the administrators to make the hard decisions. @sandeeprevi - mate its just transistion. The grind happens when you don't have talent. On paper Oz have plenty of talent, its currently misfiring. Could be coaching, could be selection issues, could be time for a big Broom. The difference between 1st & 5th on the Test rankings is not much & I suspect there will be results that will go against rankings over the next couple of years. @Rahul Pathak - 2 of our main players (Punter & Pup), are NOT interested in the slightest about playing IPL. Others like Lee would rather bleed buckets of blood to play for Oz BEFORE the IPL. Some of the highest paid Ozzys in the IPL aren't even in the squad!!!! (Dan Christian for example)!

  • Meety on April 6, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    @Jama - mate, the Bangas are only 6 yrs not 60, away from being a real force in Tests, (particularly at home). They are better at identifying talent then ever before & are building a nucleus of a side that can win against the big boys. In terms of years, the Bangas aren't far behind SL in a timeline on results, its just the Bangas have played a lot more Tests. Shakib is one of the best cricketers in the world & probably would get a start in any Team in the world. I actually think Mahmudullah is not far behind, I think Rahim is the BEST w/k in the world, I think the Bangas need more from his batting though. Tamim is not far behind the best openers in the world. The only drawback I see is that they aren't producing pace bowlers who can get close to 140kph & hold a good line. The whole squad is just about all UNDER 24 yrs of age. All they need to do is find ONE good pace bowler & another TOP order batsmen & they will knock off the big boys.

  • Nathanmonk123 on April 6, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    australia is overrated. the time of australian cricket is over. The time of nz crcket gas just begun.

  • on April 6, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @Ar-Rafi Ferdous Zaman: Brilliant comeback bro. @Biggus: Completely agree with you, mate.

  • Biggus on April 6, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    @Jama-I have no problems with we Aussies playing Bangladesh. They were the joint hosts of the recent world cup and despite their poor result are plainly a team on the rise, and the visit by the Aussies will help to raise their profile and generate interest in the sport over there. They deserve the support of other nations in the cricketing world and to knock them is just poor form. Once upon a time the Windies, India, Sri Lanka etc were easy beats and it would be short sighted to ignore Bangladesh. They have a large population base and a passion for the game and logic suggests they will not remain minnows forever. I hope they give us a run for our money and make all the doubters eat their words.

  • Biggus on April 6, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster-Talk is cheap mate. When India have won three (count them-one, two, three) world cups on the trot and are the most sucessful team in test and one day history then you may tell us about 'Indianism'. Until then it's all a lot of hot air.

  • Biggus on April 6, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    @sandeeprevi-Whilst I'm in agreement with some of what you say I don't think there's a lot to be gained from getting depressed about it, and much to lose. The cupboard is as bare as I've seen it since I started watching cricket in the early '70s but you have to make do with what you have and if the leadership team starts saying things like, "Well we don't expect to win because we have a crappy squad" it isn't going to help. What is new for me is my inablility to fathom some recent selection decisions. In the past when I haven't agreed with the selectors I have mostly, and happily, been proven wrong, but lately that hasn't been the case. I still don't really see Clarke or Watson as the catalysts for a new era, they're a bit 'Boutique' for me. We Aussies usually prefer our captains to be tough scrappers (I.Chappell, Border, Waugh) or easy going, self-effacing good guys (Mark Taylor) but maybe they will prove me wrong, though I'm inclined to think our renaissance man is still to emerge.

  • on April 6, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    I agree with Jama. I don't think Bangladesh are going to have success. Ponting will want to emulate SRT: he will be batting like a monster and will attempt to pile up on his centuries; Clarke will want to establish what his selectors believe: that he is good captaincy material and that he is indeed a good player of spin. Watto is ridiculous anyways and will be averaging 60-70. Not to mention, Katich will be back now. He can be like Gorilla glue. If Aussie balling fails, may be 1 draw. If not, its 3-0 Aus

  • satyam.sharma on April 6, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    @Asad: Sure, it's the INDIAN Premier League, but with 8 out of 22 players in any match being foreign, it is most definitely "international" in nature. @Ar-Rafi Ferdous Zaman: Yeah, yeah ... India has even lost once to Kenya in some series and Ireland beat Pakistan and England in World Cups and even Australia have lost an ODI each to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. But what do these once in a decade victories prove? That Bangladesh / Ireland / Kenya are awesome high-standard cricket playing teams? Sorry, I don't feel that way at all. @Biggus: Fully agree on the first point about maintaining the positive "Aussie" attitude. But stop bashing the IPL, will you? Sure, it's fashionable and sounds "purist" to run down T20 cricket in general and IPL in particular, but the fact is (a) IPL is much more competitive than several international series (especially Aus-Ban) ever will be and (b) if it's so meaningless, why do most top international players (incl Aussies) participate in the auctions?

  • Jama on April 6, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Australia does not deserve to play bangladesh. Australia is going to waste their time in Bangladesh as we all know the result, 3-0 in Aus favour. This world cup was the best chance for Bang to show their potential but they have shown us that it will take them another 60 years to be able to compete with top 5 nations in Cricket. It would take them another 60 years to beat teams like Ind, SA and Aus in a test match.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 6, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @Donda: Forget Australianizm. Do you know what Indianism is ? to put Australia down where they rightfully belong, the middle of the ICC rankings. India will be the new world leaders for decades to come contrary to what some pessimists believe. Australia can start focusing on other sports. I heard their soccer team needs some new blood. I guess Clarke and Watson can don their soccer boots and help the Soccaroos to win some games ahead of the world cup qualification.

  • Nerk on April 6, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Its a bit hard to move on when Ponting is still in the team...

  • donda on April 6, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Australiaizm is the only thing with aussies has and that is in it self a legend. With Australiaizm you can concquer any thing and win from any situation and can give hell of match to opposition every day of year.

    I think Australia is the greatest team of all time and win or losing dont matter at this time, what really means that whether Clarke knows about Australiaizm and does he apply on field in future as Ponting and Waugh did in their time. Looking forward to see how Clarke captain the team against big team and in big tournaments.

  • sandeeprevi on April 6, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    @Biggus-I completely agree with you about the attitude part.Its a fabulous attitude to have for sure,keeping sport a sport and getting up when you are down.Its just that i would rather see the aussies accept the fact that they need a hell lot of rebuilding to do to be consistent again and actually be willing to grind their way back into that position like the aussie teams of the 90's did.The current bunch doesnt seem to have the grit like the older teams.Everything seems exciting to them and they want to try and fast track that into success rather than putting in the hard yards.

  • renaissanceman on April 6, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    @Biggus +1 @Daniel Reeve +1 Its a great time for Aussie cricket. Nothing wrong in falling down, picking yourself up and moving on. It would quite interesting to see how my Indian countrymen react when its change of guard time in Indian cricket.

  • on April 6, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Your right "sandeeprevi", nearly everthing in this world and in life generally is "excitig" for aussies. I guess that is why for such a small population we have made such an impact on most things we try and enjoy competing on the world stage so much !!!!!

  • on April 6, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    why wouldn't it be exciting, it's unknown territory for us.

  • Winsome on April 6, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Very true, sandeep. How much more exciting can it be when they've pretty much got the same coach and players? You can't make a silk-purse out of a sow's ear no matter how much spin you push out about things being new and exciting.

  • Biggus on April 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    @sandeeprevi-Whilst I'm sure you would be happier if we were shattered by not winning the world cup being positive is what we Aussies are all about. It's just a game, after all, not the end of the world, and if you lose you just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and have another go. This may seem odd to you but most would assert that it's a pretty healthy attitude, and I for one am proud that we do things in just such a way.@Rahul Pathak-The Australian public would far prefer a series against Bangladesh than mountains of meaningless IPL games and I hope our cricketers feel the same. There is far more achievement in representing your country than some IPL franchise with a silly name.

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    @Rahul Pathak: O u mean the same lowly standard Bangladesh who eliminated INDIA from the 2007 World Cup??

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    IPL is not international ..and money is not every thing maybe for u

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Aussies must be cursing their Board for making them play Bangladesh instead of IPL which has better standard than Bangladesh and ofcourse damm good pay packet

  • sandeeprevi on April 6, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Its amazing how everything is "exciting" to the aussies.....even when they keep losing.

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  • sandeeprevi on April 6, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Its amazing how everything is "exciting" to the aussies.....even when they keep losing.

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Aussies must be cursing their Board for making them play Bangladesh instead of IPL which has better standard than Bangladesh and ofcourse damm good pay packet

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    IPL is not international ..and money is not every thing maybe for u

  • on April 6, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    @Rahul Pathak: O u mean the same lowly standard Bangladesh who eliminated INDIA from the 2007 World Cup??

  • Biggus on April 6, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    @sandeeprevi-Whilst I'm sure you would be happier if we were shattered by not winning the world cup being positive is what we Aussies are all about. It's just a game, after all, not the end of the world, and if you lose you just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and have another go. This may seem odd to you but most would assert that it's a pretty healthy attitude, and I for one am proud that we do things in just such a way.@Rahul Pathak-The Australian public would far prefer a series against Bangladesh than mountains of meaningless IPL games and I hope our cricketers feel the same. There is far more achievement in representing your country than some IPL franchise with a silly name.

  • Winsome on April 6, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Very true, sandeep. How much more exciting can it be when they've pretty much got the same coach and players? You can't make a silk-purse out of a sow's ear no matter how much spin you push out about things being new and exciting.

  • on April 6, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    why wouldn't it be exciting, it's unknown territory for us.

  • on April 6, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Your right "sandeeprevi", nearly everthing in this world and in life generally is "excitig" for aussies. I guess that is why for such a small population we have made such an impact on most things we try and enjoy competing on the world stage so much !!!!!

  • renaissanceman on April 6, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    @Biggus +1 @Daniel Reeve +1 Its a great time for Aussie cricket. Nothing wrong in falling down, picking yourself up and moving on. It would quite interesting to see how my Indian countrymen react when its change of guard time in Indian cricket.

  • sandeeprevi on April 6, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    @Biggus-I completely agree with you about the attitude part.Its a fabulous attitude to have for sure,keeping sport a sport and getting up when you are down.Its just that i would rather see the aussies accept the fact that they need a hell lot of rebuilding to do to be consistent again and actually be willing to grind their way back into that position like the aussie teams of the 90's did.The current bunch doesnt seem to have the grit like the older teams.Everything seems exciting to them and they want to try and fast track that into success rather than putting in the hard yards.