India determined to beat Aussies
The Indian cricketers who are determined to enter the best of three
Commonwealth Bank Tri Series finals, will confront Australia in a
key-game under lights at the Gabba in Brisbane today (Sunday).
M. S. Dhoni
This game will be a no quarter asked or given game. The Indians with
their superb win against Australia in Adelaide will want to give
continuity to that win. The Aussies on the contrary will be smarting
after that loss and will want to win and stay in the frame.
Another loss and the Aussies could face the ignominy of being bundled
out of the tri series finals.
Former skipper Ricky Ponting who deputized for Michael Clarke against
Sri Lanka did not have things his own way. His batting form has been
horrendous and the cry here is for him to be dropped.
But all great batsmen must at some time visit the run drought zone
and it is no different with Ponting. But he could make the game against
India to get back into the form that he is famous for.
The Aussie selectors are hoping that Clarke would have recovered from
his hamstring strain and be ready to lead. The Aussies felt his absence
against Sri Lanka in Sydney.
The problem with the Aussies is that they are experimenting with a
rotation policy that has unsettled their plans. If defeats continue to
plague them, they will settle to playing the best team not wanting to
dive out of the tri series. As for the Indians, they want to make amends
somewhat for the thrashing they received in the Test series being white
washed 4-nil. India go out favourites with Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is
in spanking form to show them how. A big crowd is expected at the Gabba
and an interesting game is on the cards.
Australia’s regular captain Michael Clarke has once again been ruled
out of Sunday’s game, forcing former skipper Ponting to lead the side
again. Mitchell Marsh is also out of action due to a back injury.
Australia's Twenty20 captain George Bailey has joined the group to help
cover for the loss of Clarke, but an ODI debut for him appears unlikely
unless another injury is sustained.
Victorian left-arm spinner Jon Holland remains in the squad, although
Xavier Doherty should retain his spot. Ben Hilfenhaus is the one member
of the fast-bowling group who is yet to play a match in the series and a
couple of lean matches from Mitchell Starc could encourage the selectors
to bring in Hilfenhaus for him.
India have won their past three completed ODIs at the Gabba - two
against Australia and one against Zimbabwe
“A lot of the things we've done (in the field) have looked sloppy.
Usually a sign of a team is how well they're going in the field and if
you look at the way we've fielded in the last couple of teams it's been
a long way off the mark,” Ponting said on the eve of the crucial game.
But Ponting is going through a lean period in the Tri Series, scoring
2, 1, 6 and 2, slumping from his excellent form in the recent Test
series against India.
It is the third time in his career Ponting has had four consecutive
single-figure scores in ODIs. None of those lean trots have stretched
out to five innings and one hopes he would regain form when it matters