Hoping that Gambhir is back, Virat Kohli may be a replacement if Gambhir doesnt make it..
40 year old Sanath is still fit and raring to go.. Murali is back after resting himself for a couple of weeks.. Lower middle order is a bit fragile.. Samaraweera has had a tremendous year in test matches that has prompted the selectors to give him a go in the ODIs and should we say he has grabbed it with both his hands.. Kandamby is proving to be an Asian Bevan, though it is too early to confer him with such a title but looking at his performances one is prompted to see the glimpses of Bevan in him.. Bowling is alright, Kulasekara and Thushara and later Mathews and Malinga would prove potent at the swinging conditions and bouncier wickets..
A changing Aussies, no more invincible and they do not seem to have the aura around them but do not discount them off too soon.. Brett Lee is in great form + a few wides and no balls ; Watson at the top is useful; Fergusson has been in good form ever since he made his debut.. The main 3- Ponting, Clarke and Hussey are not in great form.. Ponting’s century against England in the 5th ODI is a welcome sign.. Will face a tough competetion from India ..
The workman like team.. Extremely poor series in Sri-Lanka, have to leave that behind and move ahead or else they will be the first team to exit.. Batting lacks depth and experience.. Bowling is ordinary., will face serious tests against Lankans, Africans..
Looking at the way they have played against the Aussies so timidly, one would be encouraged to call them a weaker side.. ICC rankings don’t come to their support either, they are just above Windies and Bangladeshis.. The batsmen do not want to take risk and score runs and if this continues they will be in for a shock.. Their selection policy also needs to be questioned.. Their group is not that easy either, SA, SL and NZ will offer tough fight..
A ‘B’ side from Windies.. The other sides will have it easy against them. Having said that if a team is too complacent, then an upset is on cards.. Sammy, Bernard, Richards hold the key.. They have lost to Cape Cobras failing to defend 327 and later won against North West by 103 runs..