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Australia has the X factor to win ICC World Cup 2015

If you are a cricket fan there is no other team which is playing better than Australia at the moment. Australia has the X factor. At the top of the batting are two exciting players. Aaron Finch the burly opener is the muscle at the top. He can take any of the world team’s bowling attack to the sword single handedly. Added to that is the pocket dynamo David Warner the nightmare of bowlers. If the opposition does get both of the openers out early they are doomed. In spite of being an attacking pair they have a great record together. Both are in reasonably good form. Add to that the left right combination that can be troublesome for bowlers to adjust their line.

The team to watch out for

The fearsome Australians in ICC world Cup 2015

Even if you get the openers early, the opposition has to contend with Shane Watson. With a great One Day record Watson is one of the most destructive at number 3. Popularly known as “Watto” by team mates he can be handful with bowling too. Next in the batting order is the new sensation Steve Smith. God gifted nimble footwork and stroke play make him the most stable player in the lineup. Smith has been in top form since being anointed the Test Captain. Responsible and one who has the character to bat till 50th over can be headache for the opposition.

Coming at number 5 in the lineup is the little Blaster Glen Maxwell. Fearless stroke play is his strength. He can be really unorthodox and can add punch to the innings. Do not forget George Bailey the gentle destructor. He has an amazing one day record and can switch gears at will.

At 7 is Brad Haddin who holds his place well in a lineup full of stroke players. Then comes the bowling attack. Mitchell Johnson adds fire power. Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazelwood complete the pace battery. Then there is the phenomenal finisher James Faulkner who is both a good bowler and batsman.

If Michael Clarke becomes fit then he will add more experience to the lineup. Mitchell Marsh is the backup all rounder.

All of the players are an excellent fielder which adds to the woes of the opposition. With such heavy batting, strong bowling and superb all rounders I do not see any team overtaking them in this world cup. Go Australia Go!!!!!

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Time to come together

It’s truly sad writing this blog, but, there probably is no more important topic to write about at the moment in the world of cricket that the tragic death of Phil Hughes. What makes me want to put metaphorical pen to paper, is not the actual death of the man himself, for I did not know him beyond recognising a talent that many of us saw, and it should be left to his family to grieve. But, the way it has binded the cricket nation together in a united show of support.

put out your bats in rememberance

There are many positive messages coming from this tragedy….the way school teams have taken time to reflect on the loss of a person so young, the brilliant Put Out Your Bats campaign, the common sense shown by all in delaying the tests to allow the cricketers to mourn, and mostly the understanding shown to Sean Abbott, who nows has to come to terms with such a freak accident that none of us could understand how he must feel.

But, on the negative side, I find it disturbing how the news outlets and so many others have jumped on this bandwagon for their own benefit. Yes, it was a tragedy, but we need perspective, he was a young man doing what he loved, in one of the safest sporting environments. The family and cricketing community should be left to grieve and mourn, not pursued at every opportunity. I think this article in the Age sums up the balancing act very well.