Australia had a day to forget at Eden Park with the bat, the middle order came unstuck which I was worried about. The fact that Clarke has had no match practice showed when he shelled out to cover struggling to time the ball. However Australia did its country proud in a classic fight back with the ball, Mitch Starc bowled out of his skin to get his side back into the game but unfortunately his 6 wicket haul was ultimately let down by the batsman not posting enough runs. Mitch Johnson didn’t fire as expected which hurt the aussies as he went for over 6 an over in a tight game.
My initial thoughts on this game were that Australia would want to bowl first to help increase the net run rate. However after the display put on in Eden Park I think Clarke’s men will want to bat first and compose a good total to get them back on track. It’s a no brainer who wins this contest (Australia), I think Australia come out and make a statement in this game. After a quiet day for Mitch Johnson on Saturday I’m expecting fireworks at the WACA and a 5 wicket haul is not out of the question.
If Australia win the toss and bat I expect a big total to be posted on this bouncy waca pitch. I am expecting a big game from Shane Watson, the only reason I say this is because his spot is severely under pressure in the side with James Faulkner now declaring himself fit. Watson loves to bash up the minnows and will capitalize on this opportunity here.
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