Australian cricket February 22, 2008

Australia's batsmen need to focus

ESPNcricinfo staff

It has not been a great time for Australia's batsmen in the CB Series and both Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting are suffering from a run drought. In the Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Roebuck details the struggles of Ponting, who "not so long ago a presentable case could be made that he had become the second-best batsman his country has produced."

Now he finds himself scratching around like a backyard chook and relying on more vibrant team-mates to put runs on the board. Doubtless supporters expect more from their captain and heaviest scorer. Old-timers with reliable memories will reflect on their careers and say "welcome to the party!" Hell, Ricky, some of us felt like that all the time.

Just make some runs, is Jon Pierik's advice to Symonds and Co in the Herald Sun.

A report in the same paper says an Australian franchise might be on the cards for the Indian Premier League.

Mathew Varghese is sub-editor (stats) at Cricinfo