They faltered at the final stage in 1975, 1987 and 1992 but not this time. The English team under Collingwood was too determined, confident and hungry to let this one go. The creators of the game have a just reward at last. Though this wouldn’t rank anywhere compared to the ’66 football triumph – they would need to top the test ratings , stay there for a considerable amount of time and win the 50 over WC to probably get a footnote near that, but in cricketing terms it certainly is a watershed for England.
The final itself was a bit of an anti-climax after the Aus -Pak semis. Aussie teams of late have shown the tendency to be quite soft when faced with an opposition with intent. Somehow the balance doesn’t work. Even recently you would have a Symonds or a Martyn or earlier Steve Waugh play a counter attacking innings to get out from situations like the one they were faced with today but the current squad just lacks that spark – both in batting and bowling. Clarke, Watson, David Hussey, Warner are not quite there. It’s time other teams get into the winning habit before the aussies storm back as they surely will. But will we see a new 50 over champion next year. I think so.
There is plenty of spark in the England side with Peterson, the shining star, Sidebottom the go-to bowler and the two people who have got steel into this side Colingwood and Swann. Bumble Lloyd was saying that the fitness of the team was instrumental in this win, they fielded like tigers and in each game looked like having plenty left in the tank. Collingwood’s comments were interesting, he said that what differentiated them from sides before was the confidence in all team members and the atmosphere in the dressing room. They really looked like a side with bigger ambitions and hopefully they will do so in the Tsts and One Days too. For that they need a few bowlers with real pace or an extremely good tweaker.
Lasly I am sad that India just doesn’t show the mettle required at these levels. I am worried that we may find the same fate in the 2011 WC and be unable to give Sachin a fitting farewell. Anyway Dhoni is still the right mind for the job and am hopeful his positivity will bring the transformation.
Kudos England !!! and the best team won.
They hustled the Aussies, looked at them in the eye and walked all over them in the end.