If one word was asked to describe the Aussie performance Friday, April the 13, then it would be anhilaiation. Yes, that was the way Australia played against minnows Ireland. The Irish team was blown away by the Aussie assault and all the speculation of a Irish springing a surprise vaporised into thin air. It appeared as though there was only one team on the field and that was Australia.
Batting first, the Aussie steam engine rammed into the Irish batting lineup. Both the openers were dismissed for the score of one, one was picked by McGrath and the other fell prey to Tait. Similar was the story of the next two batsmen to follow for they too were dismissed for duck. K Obrien offered some resistance along with Tent Johnston. Both of them reached double figures while the rest of the team tumbled like a pack of cards. The entire Irish team was dismissed for a total of 91 in 30 overs.
If one wanted to see how champions played, then they should have seen today’s game. It was a performance that had the stamp of precision and perfection on it. There was hardly any loose ends and the Aussies looked like a well oiled unit, a bulldozer on the rampage!
The Australians juggled with their batting order with Gilchrist opening along with Michael Hussey. Hussey opened with Gilchrist as part of a ploy to give some batting practice to middle order batsmen to bat at the top at the order. Both the batsmen gave a fine start to the side with Gilchrist scoring 34 runs while Hussey remained unbeaten on 30. Australians knocked off the Irish total in 13 overs giving an indication of the form they are in as a side.
Watching the Australians play, all I could say is this is the stuff Champions are made of!