The Australians continued their wonderful summer with an emphatic series win over the black caps thus re affirming their position as the number 1 ODI team in the world. After achieving an unassailable lead of 3-1, the last game was just a dead rubber and Ricky Ponting’s men to a rarity failed to come up on top. The New Zealander’s rode on ace pace man and attack leader Shane bond who kept up with his jaw dropping record against the Aussies. Bond picked up a 4-for and won New Zealand back some pride—much needed pride.
Michael Clarke headed back to his country after his fiancé Lara Bingle’s nude photo had been published in the magazine. Clarke went home to support her and should return for the test series starting Friday.
It will be a tester for Michael Clarke, perhaps his final hurdle before the Australian cricket board finally, decide on who will captain the test side once Ricky ponting decides to call it a day. Many experts including current and former players are fully backing Clarke on becoming test captain in spite of his off field problems of injuries and now personal.
The aussies were coming off a wonderful home summer and as expected they delivered, perhaps not how well as expected, but nevertheless they did. After not a single loss at home which included over 19 matches (6 tests, 10 ODI’S, 3 T20’S) a similar drubbing of the black caps was expected. But, the black caps gave the aussies a reality check—not to fall ahead of themselves at this stage.
1. 1st T20 International— Wellington— 26th February, 2010
Result: Australia won by 6 wickets with 24 balls to spare
2. 2nd T20 International— Christchurch— 28th February, 2010
Result: New Zealand won (1 over eliminator)
3. 1st One day International— Napier— 3rd March, 2010
Result: New Zealand won by 2 wickets with 4 balls to spare
4. 2nd One day International— Auckland—6th March, 2010
Result: Australia won by 12 runs (D/L Method)
5. 3rd One day International— Hamilton— 9th March, 2010
Result: Australia won by 6 wickets with 16 balls remaining
6. 4th One day International— Auckland— 11th March, 2010
Result: Australia won by 6 wickets with 17 balls remaining (D/L Method)
7. 5th One day International— Wellington— 13th March, 2010
Result: New Zealand won by 51 runs
Clearly, New Zealand have been Australia’s toughest fight. After a sedate start to their campaign the aussies were in for a surprise during the 2nd T20 match where the black caps, McCullum in particular seems to have woke up the right side of the bed that morning. He went on to smack one of the most memorable 100’s this format has seen or will see.
In spite of the short boundaries McCullum played the scoop to great effect, in fact he was seen doing it to perhaps the fastest bowler in the world at the moment, Shaun Tait. The match was a great spectacle for the fans as it went into a super over which the home team eventually won.
That was the best match of the summer, as far as Australia is concerned. It was a close series—some of the numbers put above go to show how close the games were.
The aussies eventually showed their class and went on to win their 3rd one day series of the summer. You’d expect the aussies to cream the black caps in the test series beginning Friday. But, the same was thought about the ODI’s, time will tell…
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