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Ferguson heralds new era

Daniel Brettig in Mirpur

April 12, 2011

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Callum Ferguson is brimming with enthusiasm for a new era in Australian cricket. His excitement is little wonder, since the team's first series under Michael Clarke's captaincy - three one-day matches in Bangladesh - has seen Ferguson squeeze his way back into the Australia limited-overs team at the expense of Cameron White. He replaced White for the second ODI, but did not get a chance to bat since Australia won by nine wickets.

"Every time the Australia captain has changed, it's almost had a bit of a change of era feel about it," Ferguson said. "There's no doubt Michael and Shane [Watson] will be looking to make a mark and take us in a new direction.

"Obviously it was a big disappointment being knocked out in the World Cup quarter-final and losing the Ashes earlier in the year. So we're extremely keen to rectify things and turn things around, and the last two games have been a fantastic start to their leadership careers." Australia have already wrapped up the series against Bangladesh with two easy wins, and will play the final one-dayer on Wednesday.

A seemingly permanent fixture in the side in 2009, before a knee injury kept him out of cricket for a year, Ferguson is now hoping for an innings of substance in Wednesday's match to shore up his spot for Australia's next overseas tour to Sri Lanka in August. A happy face around the squad, Ferguson has been the model reserve, offering nary a grumble while waiting for his next chance.

"Obviously I spent a long time away from the group with the knee injury, so I'm really glad to be a part of it again and really looking forward to the next opportunity I get," he said. "Whether that be tomorrow [Wednesday] - it might not be, it might be further down the track - but just to be running around with the boys again is fantastic."

Following this series, Ferguson and Tim Paine will play for Pune Warriors in the IPL. His simple goal with the Australia team can be applied just as neatly to the Twenty20 sphere.

"Contributing to wins is probably the biggest thing for me at the minute, just making sure I'm playing my role for the team and giving the guys in behind me a chance as well; not leaving it to the next guy. Just making sure that I'm doing absolutely everything I can to get a win on the board."

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Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 11:40 GMT)

Change of era also needs change in thinking and approaches especially after mediocre Ashes and WC by Aussie Standards. First step would be start making everyone accountable and demand more. Haddin has remains bits and pieces, Smith has to bowl his full quota and bat usefully and White has to do better than a strike rate of 40. Remove a few passeners, get some performers and Aussie will look like a different side all together.

Posted by devsunil on (April 13, 2011, 7:40 GMT)

new era begining......its not the right time..

Posted by Marcio on (April 13, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

@ Steven Andrews, it's not right to say Steve Smith is not in good form. He's been bowling well, consistently. He has been inconsistent as a batsman, but the fact is he's been coming in at number 7 with only a few overs left. He has no choice but to hit out. His job is to hit big or get out and give Johnson a swing.

Posted by Meety on (April 13, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

@Steve Andrews - have alook at what Sri Lanka are doing - they just came runner up at the W/C & they think its TIME to blood new players!!!!!!

I really hope there is some new blood in the SL tour!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 13, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

Excitng new era ... Ponting at 3, Hussey at 6, Haddin keeping, Teflon Tim coaching and the same selectors. Wow! A change is as good as a holiday. As a fan I feel soooo refreshed.

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

beginning of a new era for sure....need to play the minnows for a while and gain some confidence before taking on the big guns

Posted by   on (April 13, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

Yeh this is a new era but we need a new coach and new selectors. We have talent around australia but hilditch and his men are useless. We have a pretty good squad, white and smith arent in good form, everyone else seems to be contributing to the team. Should be a good summer next year.

Posted by katandthat3 on (April 12, 2011, 23:26 GMT)

Yep, there's never been anything wrong with the talent around Australia, it's been getting the right guys there at the right time, I'll feel even more excited about our prospects with a new lot of selectors and coach.

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 12, 2011, 23:21 GMT)

Fergie is a class player and would've served us well through the WC. Hopefully White can get his form back (maybe even start bowling again); a lower order with White/Smith/D.Huss/Hastings is a versatile squad.

Posted by Something_Witty on (April 12, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

It is very exciting! In spite of what all the gleefully ignorant nay-sayers from other countries say, FC level and U-19 level are both brimming with talent. It's just a matter of handling these youngsters properly and giving them good opportunities.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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