So be honest: anyone believe Australia has a chance? I think they'll put in a stronger showing in the one-days than in the single test, but if they don't lose them all they'll be doing well.
It will take a lot more than this to put their tail between their legs, but they are more likely to play more cautiously and not their (individual) natural game. If they drop any catches it will kill them. Personally I think they need more time with the sports psychologists and less on the field at the moment.
A chapion team should be able to win against a team of champions, or at least stand a chance, but my goodness that team is strong
Australia has the advantages of i) home grounds & ii) team which World XI doesn't seem to have (atleast as of now). I believe Australia should win first match, but as the series progresses it will only get tougher since World XI might start getting used to play as a team. One big advantage with World XI is that any player one his day can almost beat Australia on his own.
Originally posted by David O'Meara: but my goodness that team is strong
It would have been even stronger. You should be thankful to the selecters. I still have no clue, why they opted for Daniel Vettori!? Just to make sure that Kiwis have a representative in the World team? Then why leave poor Kenya & Bangaladesh? Let them have someone representing the World team as well!
On paper, the World Team looks indomitable. But then it also depends on how they function as a team. Remember, Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Lakers in the NBA finals last year simply because they played like a team while the Lakers thought that each of their superstars was good enough for the entire Pistons.
cricket is a team game? and World XI never looked like a team. or world XI wasn't the best of eleven players in world minus Australia or W XI players were too complacent ? or Australia was just unbeatable?
I think it's the last option. But first three seems to be the cases too. Probably ICC should have fielded current England Team
I'm not so sure. I think the format needs some work and the world team needs a better chance to learn to play as a team, but I think it's an invaluable forum for trialing new rules. In this series they allowed any decision to be referred to the video umpire. In local (aussie rules) football, we have a pre-season elimination competition where they have slightly modified rules. Some rules are moved to the main competition, others are dropped entirely, and some have been retained purely for the preseason comp.
Following that line, I don't think the third umpire was a success, but I'm not sure the field umpires used it correctly.
Even minnows would have put a better fight. World XI players never played to their potential. Lack of Team Spirit was the problem. With all players getting OLD(Most of thier stars are above 33) in Aussie Team definitely there is going be a revolution in the game after an year.