GOLDEN OLDIES

Having played the first match in the year 1877, the Australian Cricket Team is the oldest playing international cricket team till date. The Australian Cricket Team mainly draws its players from the domestic teams in the country like the Sheffield Shield, Big bash League and Australian Domestic One day series.

An overall statistics say that the Australian Cricket Team has played around 730 Test matches where it has won around 341 matches and lost around 192 matches, drawing 195 and tying 2 matches. Now this is a huge number when it comes to a single team doing all of this. This is not all. When it comes to One Day International matches, the Australian Cricket Team have played round about 752 One Day International’s winning 464 and losing 256 matches. It has tyed eight matches and 24matches resulted in no result, due to reasons like rain, bad pitch etc.

The Australian Cricket Team has been leading the ICC ODI Championship right from its inception and has made six appearances in the World Cup final in the year 1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007. and have won the World Cup four times in total – in the years 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. The Australian Cricket Team has defeated the record of West Indies where it has the record of 3 consecutive World Cup finals 1975, 1979 and 1983(appearances).

The Last series one was the test with India in the year 2011-12(One Day International), England 2010-11 (Test Series), West Indies 2009-10 (Twenty20) and Bangladesh 2011. It has recently won the Tri Series between Australia, Sri Lanka and India in the year 2012.

The Australian Cricket team will play in the Carribean in March 2011-12 where it has 5 ODI’S ,four test matches and two Twenty20 matches in total.

WE MISS GILCHRIST

When Gilchrist retired from all forms of international cricket, it was a sad day for Australian cricket.

They have attempted to replace him with Brad Haddin, but Haddin has been unable to match Gilchrist’s brilliance when it comes to both the keeping side and the batting side required of the role.

Haddin’s place in the side now appears to be under serious threat from the youngster Matthew Wade, with his top score of 72 catching the eye of spectators and pundits alike.

What separates Gilchrist from the rest of the pack was not only his exceptional keeping and batting standards, but also by the fact that he always played the game with a smile on his face, and with outstanding sportsmanship.

In his cricketing life after wearing the baggy green, Gilchrist has turned himself into somewhat of a specialist T20 player, with stints for Middlesex in England and for the Deccan Chargers/Kings XI Punjab.

He has been somewhat successful in this stage of his career, with a few big scores for his IPL franchise, but sadly he has yet to pick up an IPL winner’s medal. He has, however, managed to score some huge contracts from his time in the IPL, including becoming the face of one cricket equipment manufacturer, so financially the twilight of his cricketing career has been a huge success.

Gilchrist is, without doubt, one of the most impressive wicketkeeper batsman that the world has ever seen, and it remains to be seen if Australia will ever be able to replace him.

In being such a huge success, Gilchrist has set the bar so high that is so hard to match, with it being unwise for any cricketing nation to rely upon unearthing such a terrific talent again.

LEE INJURED IN T20

Australian paceman Brett Lee faces a four-to-six week lay-off after fracturing his foot in a Twenty20 match against India.

The 35 year-old fast bowler, second on the list of Australian One Day International wicket takers behind Glenn McGrath, was struck by the ball during the last over of his spell at the MCG on Friday night.

Australia subsequently slumped to an eight-wicket defeat, and team doctor Trefor James explained how Lee’s foot became swollen the following day.

An X-ray later confirmed he had fractured a small toe, prompting the call-up of Ben Hilfenhaus whose last ODI appearance came in 2009.

Lee has taken nearly 700 wickets in all formats of the game for his country, and despite retiring from Test matches in 2010 still plays a starring role in the shorter versions of the game.

Fellow fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, has pinpointed a summer return from his foot injury.
The left-arm paceman required surgery on his foot in December following Australia’s tour of South Africa, and he has targeted the ODI series against England in June and July as the stage for his international comeback.

Before then, the 30 year-old will build up his form and fitness in the Indian Premier League after being purchased by the Mumbai Indians for $300,000 in Saturday’s auction.
The Queenslander has turned down lucrative IPL offers in the past to concentrate on international cricket, but after a lengthy spell on the sidelines he feels the intense burst will be of great benefit.

“”It’s a perfect opportunity for me coming back from injury to play the shorter form of the game to build up my bowling,” he said. Johnson also revealed his intention to continue playing for Australia for at least the next five years.

CLARKE CALLS FOR CONSISTENCY

Michael Clarke, the captain of the Australia Cricket Team has made it clear to his teammates that only consistent performances will keep the side on top against India as they play the second Test of the 4 match series against India at Sydney, which will be a historic event for the ground as well as it will be the 100th international Test match to be played there.

Clarke, speaking ahead of the second test, was extremely proud and satisfied with the efforts put up by the players of his team and he also was full of praise for his former captain Ricky Ponting.

Having won just 5 of the last 16 matches played by the Australia Cricket Team which includes only one series win against a hapless Sri Lanka side in the subcontinent, Clarke is looking for some consistent efforts from all the departments of his side in order to have the Test series in their back pockets. But Michael Clarke knows it will be not as easy as they sound but is confident that his side is prepared enough to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

According to Michael Clarke, the team has been playing some very good cricket at times but then again, there are times when the team plays absolute rubbish. All he is asking is that the players be a little more consistent with their efforts.

Clarke also added that the Australia Cricket Team has been learning from the mistakes that they have committed in the past and according to the skipper, they have been practicing hard in the nets on their techniques, looking after minute details so that they keep all their mistakes off the field of play and this gives Clarke the added confidence that they are well on course for an emphatic victory.