Monday, September 22, 2008

The Kangaroo has landed

The Australians are here. At least there won't be any talk of the Final Frontier. But there will be plenty of talk of: being bigger than the Ashes (already under way); the needle between the two teams; the need for the series to be played in the right spirit (Why isn't it ever about being played with, or under the influence of, the "right spirits?". Beer during the game might make everyone real mellow); the inexperience of this Aussie side (never mind that they are all pretty experienced Shield campaigners, and thus might have acquired a few scars that playing against some test teams wouldn't have ensured); the experience of the Indian side and the decline of the Fab Four; the battle of Aussie spin vs Indian; the leadership of the Aussie pace attack by Brett Lee; and so on. There will also be some very interesting photo-ops: I'm not sure which charitable organizations will find favor with the Aussies this time but rest assured, those trips will be made.

Meanwhile, there is also the business of making predictions. I'm afraid I'm too indecisive to make a call on the result of the test series. (I do however, plan on having a prediction for every test match by the close of the 2nd day's play; lets see if I can stick to that routine). One prediction I will gladly make is for the first test's XI: Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, SRT, Laxman, Kaif, Dhoni, Kumble, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Sharma. There, that was easy, wasn't it? Oh, and Delhi will win the Irani Trophy. (If anyone knows a way to watch it in the US, please let me know)

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