every thing else, cricket in Australia too was brought in, in
ships by the British! If you are wondering how that could have
been possible - fret no more. It was the crew of a British ship
who introduced the game in 1803 in Australia for the first time.
The game soon become popular, and in
the 1820s, play amongst various clubs started.
The game was definitely growing at a steady rate. So, not
surprisingly, the first inter-state match took place in 1856.
The unofficial world leaders (when not already declared
officially) were ready to greet the first English touring team
It was Lord Sheffield who was responsible for taking an English
tea to Australia in 1891-92. He presented the Sheffield Shield,
which was contested by New South Wales, Victoria and South
Australia in 1892-93. Later, in 1926-27, Queens land joined the
competition. That was followed by Western Australia in 1947-48,
and finally Tasmania in 1977-78 also followed suite. A one-day
knockout competition began in 1969-70.
As of now, the system in the Aussie cricket world is well
organized. Each state has an association of affiliated clubs
that controls players and grounds. Clubs are graded and
competitions are arranged for each grade. The first-grade teams
consist of merely novices. They then play with great cricketers.
This is the recruiting ground for the state team.
No wonder Australia has brought home the World Cup twice - once
in 1987, which was followed by a second time in 1999. Its Test
record too, is probably one of the best. It has lost only 168
out of the 606 Tests played. A great Test score of 758 runs vs.
West Indies in 1955 is coupled
with its highest score of ODI at 349.
Long live the
captain had his sights set on 12 consecutive test wins for a
long time and his team reached it in a fine style by beating the
West Indies by an innings and 27 runs. To add icing to the cake,
they broke the West Indian record, which was set a long time
back and was the only saving grace for the present team, who has
sunk well below even the ordinary levels of cricket.
the World's fastest pitch Perth, where the Windies had a 100%
win record, Australian captain Steve Waugh won the toss and
decided to put the Windies to bat. As expected they had a
horrendous start losing five wickets for 22 runs. What was
extraordinary about those figures was the lethal bowling of
McGrath. He not only took his 300th wicket, but also took a hat
trick in the process. He once again removed Lara for a duck on
the first ball and triggered off the debacle, which was yet to
come. Ridley Jacobs came to West Indian rescue as he made a
fighting 96 not out. He was like a wall for his team, as he took
the pacy Australian bowling with tremendous guts and courage and
was not afraid to take blows on his body. He missed out on a
well deserved century as he ran out of partners. In the process,
he took his team's score to 196, which was respectable compared
to other innings that they had played so far. McGrath and
Gilispie took three each and Lee and McGill took two
started their innings well, before Slater departed for 19 with
the score at 52. Langer, who has not had a very good series so
far, failed once again after making just 5. Gilispie was sent in
as a night watchman and he along with Hayden kept the scoreboard
ticking . Hayden has been playing very well and he proved
himself once again, as he hit a crisp 69 before being bowled by
Black. Gilispie's innings also ended soon after and Waugh
brothers came to the crease with the score on 123-3. Mark Waugh,
who had been struggling with his form and was under enormous
pressure because of the match fixing allegations, looked
positive from the beginning. Along with his brother Steve, they
put on a partnership of 65 runs. These two have been involved in
55 partnerships and 42 times they have made more than 50 runs
together, which is remarkable. Steve Waugh went for 26 as he
gave a simple catch to Campbell off the bowling of Walsh. Ricky
Ponting also left soon and Gilchrist came to the crease with the
score on 208-6. He was his aggressive self from the beginning
and on the other hand, Mark Waugh was going from strength to
strength, hitting boundaries all over the park. They were
involved in a 95 run partnership before Walsh snapped up his
second victim. He took Gilchrist's wicket and left the Aussies
Waugh played extremely well and completed his 18th century. It
was a remarkable effort from the classy Waugh, as he punished
the West Indian bowling and gave the crowd enough reason to
celebrate. This innings turned out to be a match winning effort
as was proved later. Steve Waugh declared the innings at 396-8,
exactly 200 runs ahead of West Indies.
Campbell, who has had a dismal tour just like his other
teammates, continued the bad run as he was caught by Gilispie
for 4. Night watchman Mervyn Dillon was also dismissed at the
end of day two and that left Windies reeling at 16-2. Hinds, who
made a gutsy 50 in the first innings was again positive from the
start and made 41 before he was clean bowled by McGill. Lara
managed to get into double figures for the first time but fell
for a rash stroke off the bowling of McGill. That was the final
nail in their coffin as the score reached 4-78. Sarwan failed
once again getting out on just 1. West Indian skipper Jimmy
Adams showed some resistance for the first time as he made an
unbeatan 40. He and Ridley Jacobs were involved in a good
partnership but it was not enough to save the match as West
for a meagre 173, 27 runs short of the target. Brett Lee was the
main destroyer as he took 5 wickets for 61 runs.
test match also ended in three days and the credit goes to the
whole Australian side, which was full of skill and
determination. They have been in tremendous form for more than a
year and this was a perfect tribute to Steve Waugh and his men,
who have achieved amazing heights of success. The World record
of 12 consecutive test wins and still hungry for more signifies
the amount of effort and hard work that they have put in and
they are the deserving champions.
the Aussies ?
Just leave them alone
the heck is going on? Why is everyone into dragging the Aussies in
the unpleasant controversies someway or the other? Imran Khan
recently said that the Waugh-Warne case should be reconsidered
……why mate? Isn’t it more satisfying that the case is closed
without disturbing or bringing a bad name to the game of cricket.
Both were fined heavily and the matter was resolved. I think Imran
Khan has been too much involved with the bookies to know the fact
that they do not give money just for pitch and weather
Correspondingly a former Australian spinner Ashley Mallet popped his head
from somewhere casting doubts over Australia vs. South Africa
Sydney test. That is just bizarre. I mean where were his
suspicions two years back? Or is it just that he wanted to be in
limelight too like other fellas who are disturbing the officials
by new claims and stuff they should have said years before. My sincere advice to such
fellas is that :”Either prove something or shut up”.
Again attempt was made to rock the Australian cricket by the chucking
claims on the Aussie pace sensation Brett Lee. May I know what the two Indian umpires were thinking
while making the report? I mean when he was cleared once before
playing his debut match then why the heck he was doubted again.
Coming over to Shane Warne whose career has suffered due to off-field
activities. Recently he was involved in a phone-sex scandal which
cost him his vice-captaincy. If pondered over, the nurse didn’t
know that Warne was a famous cricketer as she said. Then why she
went over to media telling every detail of it (the truth as she
called it). I’ve heard that the British media is not known in a
good way…..I think that’s true…..and they are not getting
along fine with Warny…….so what do you think must have
My sincere opinion is that nobody likes the way Australian Cricket Board
is handling controversies……nicely and quietly………Today
people are more into stuff that can give them something to talk
about. So the ACB’s wise ways are not liked by them. The reason
why everybody is coming up with new baseless claims is that all
this stuff is too hot to handle for the ICC officials.
The unpleasant business of Hansie gate Saga is dealt wisely by
UCBSA. If it would have been ICC then everybody would have
forgotten about its solution.
don’t the ICC……..the cricketing authority………do something about
the people who are coming with different baseless claims and
then disappearing………disappearing as if into thin air.
this continues to happen then I’m afraid the game of cricket
will meet up with a terrible doom.
So why don’t people like Imran Khan leave the Australian
cricket alone when they have their own hurdles to cross.
A Disturbed cricket Fan from Australia !!