Finally we have a change (a welcome one!!) in the ODI ratings. Australia pushed back from the front seat due to some exhilarating performance by NZ in the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee ODI Series. This defeat by Australia is a sequel to its recent upset loss to England in the earlier home series.
This is kind of a welcome change to those who were put to boredom by monopoly of Australian cricket. Nevertheless, the talent of the Australian players can never be undermined. But the current run of success by NZ clearly proves that earnest effort and determination can give remarkable results.
In the first match of the series, NZ rightly utilized the opportunity of the seaming wicket early on. Credit for this mainly goes to Shane Bond, also supported perfectly by Tuffey and Oram. Mission was completed successfully by Vincent and Fleming. The Australian claim that the loss has a lot to with the absence of Ricky Ponting in the leading role, is only aimed at undermining New Zealand’s success. Whatever might be the reason, NZ deserved the win!! Same is the case with the second match. But the difference was that, it was the turn of the batsmen to change the course of Aussies. With a wicket down at 9 and Fleming back in the pavilion, NZ’s chance of victory looked really pale. But positive batting by Taylor and Fulton, made the impossible, possible. Not to forget the cameo by McMillan which snatched the sweet victory away from the Aussies.
Now Australia has a lot to cogitate about, with just weeks to go into the World Cup. They are a very good team and nobody has a doubt in this regard. They are very much capable of coming back with a bang!! But those who were betting on Australia’s cake walk in the world cup, has something to think about 🙂