February 19, 2007

Australian cricket

Crisis? What crisis? There's no crisis!

Peter English
A dejected Glenn McGrath shakes hands with Peter Fulton, New Zealand v Australia, Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, 2nd match, Auckland, February 18, 2007
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In an interview with The Australian’s Malcolm Conn, the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland says the team’s injuries were accidents, the match program is not too busy and some players need more games.

"For people to suggest that they're going to be overworked is just not right,” Sutherland said. “That's why coach John Buchanan is so relaxed at this stage. He knows that there is a long, long way to go. The World Cup final is ten weeks away. This is not the time for people to be concerned."

Peter Roebuck writes in the Sydney Morning Herald Australia’s chances of winning the World Cup have shrunk. “On this form Ricky Ponting's side will be lucky to reach the final.”

Iain Payten reports in the Daily Telegraph Australia’s embarrassment in New Zealand is complete after the home side rested Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori.

In the Herald Sun Peter Badel speaks to Shane Watson about the difficulties of being an allrounder.

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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