Under-strength West Indies chase respect
West Indies kicked off Australia's home summer and now they're back to finish it off with five ODIs and two Twenty20s after the Australians completed a tri-format clean-sweep of Pakistan. Chris Gayle's men showed more consistent fight in the Test series than did Mohammad Yousuf's team and they have started their return leg of the Australian tour well, by posting a remarkable 5 for 399 - of which Gayle made 146 - in 45 overs against the Prime Minister's XI.The two batting stars are Gayle and Kieron Pollard, who thrilled Australian crowds during the Big Bash last month, but the loss of Dwayne Bravo due to a broken thumb is a big blow to a team already missing Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. It is a while since this outfit has played 50-over cricket, though. The player-board crisis meant a second-string team was sent to the Champions Trophy having also lost at home to Bangladesh and Gayle hasn't led a full-strength ODI team since early July.For Australia, the challenge is to attempt to maintain the superb winning run they have enjoyed in the 50-over format over the past few months. Since the start of the post-Ashes one-dayers in the United Kingdom, Australia have won a remarkable 20 of 24 ODIs, with a dead-rubber loss to England and two defeats at the hands of India their only blemishes.
What can I say about it! I think it'll also be a 5-0 encounter but the aggression Chris Gayle has shown that we will win 4-1, that thing was blemish in Mohammad Yousuf's captaincy that we need to win and to win comprehensively and with bigger margins against the bigger opponents.
Even during the last tour of Australia, everyone recommended that Mohammad Yousuf's captaincy didn't had that spark which is required for the skipper leading the team. The reason of having reference of this article is to see the clear mindset of both the skippers! Its eminent that Aussies won't let them win each match easily but they have conveyed a strong message to the opponents.
Still having these pitfalls, he's insisting that he wants to be the skipper for the side, he doesn't have that capabilities, he might be world's best player but it doesn't matter that he should be equally the same capable skipper. But he may not understand this, like the Chairman of the Cricket Board of Pakistan, he's also a big U-turner. Everyone knows what he said before the dead rubber test match at Hobart about the captaincy, now his stance on his captaincy that he had the best of the records compared to the past one, seeking pure lack of information.
The other captains admit didn't had the best of the record, but they managed to have some respectable record with them in Australia.