Lovely words Russell.
Martin Crowe's comments really are very powerful.
What is definitely true is that Australia had better players who played better on the night.
Better players? Some, but not all surely.
Better on the night? Definitely. Starc's bowling was superb. Four ducks in our lineup. I'm very disappointed in the result but bloody impressed by the Blackcaps tournament.
Good piece by Matthew Hooton on that very point.
He's been pretty consistently taking this line re Key and his truthiness.
FWIW, this is quite a good-natured piece on tomorrow's final from an Australian perspective.
I do understand the modest expectations of kiwi fans, however I am certain there'll be no such modesty in the team. This team are playing the best cricket for at least a decade, they've got three superb bowlers who'd make it into any team, and a top 5 - 6 who've consistently fired in this tournament. They have plenty of momentum and good reason to think they can be the Aussies again.
If you overlook those beamers he bowled …
I recall that too - I'm persuaded by his immediate reaction as well as the commentators analysis.
Either way, Steve Smith's just scored a tonne... Australia appears to be very strong position in the first innings.
Grant Elliot is old. Old enough to have lost the sledging snarl of youth, Old enough to enjoy the game. Old enough to celebrate success because after all the years of trying when you finally achieve something like this you think of all those times when you were truly pissed off and this one moment makes it all worthwhile. Old enough to understand that it is sport. Merely an invented game. This twinkling moment that should, in the light of day for the loser, bring the realisation expressed by ABD coming to the press conference: “The sun will still come up tomorrow”.
Well said Ross.
Culturally, the Australian cricket team really can be a bunch of nobs.Warner, Watson et al seem to revel in the ugly Aussie image. It’s been part of the DNA for decades (Chappelli etc) but it does seem to have developed further)
I both agree and disagree. Most of them, their on-field persona at least, is oafish and many Australian are disdaining. There's exceptions though. Michael Hussey for instance, I always liked for the spirit he played with. Brett Lee too and also Gilchrist. My ten year old daughter plays in a Friday night competition and was wrapped to have met Hussey and proudly displays his signature.
I’m married to an Ozzie. Usually, I support them against anyone else.
And I live in Oz so will support them unless they play NZ.
Also, lots and lots of Australians were barracking for the Kiwis last night - I had lots of SMSs from Aussie's advising me the score (and ABC carried the live broadcast).
Sometimes I wonder if Kiwis have more of an issue with Aussies than vice versa.
This thread makes me very happy!