SWOT analysis of the Australian and Canadian batsmen - Part 2 - ICC World Cup 2011

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  • SWOT analysis of the Australian and Canadian batsmen - Part 2 - ICC World Cup 2011

SWOT analysis of the Australian and Canadian batsmen - Part 2 – ICC World Cup 2011

Right-hand batsmen Michael Clark and Michael Hussey make up the middle-order for Australia. Clark is a reliable, focused and calculated run-maker. He loves to hit boundaries by pulling off one foot, as his excellent bottom-hand technique allows him to bat in a crash-and-bash style. Clark seems to be in good form in this tournament, as he scored 58 not out against Zimbabwe, 24 against New Zealand and a tremendous 93 against Kenya.

Hussey played just one innings and scored only 14 against Zimbabwe, as he seems to be out of form. Clark often falls to the loose medium-fast delivery and Hussey fails to save his stumps. Playing against Canada, Hussey will try to make a come-back and perform well, as Clark is likely to score a century. Their threats are considerably less, as Canada does not possess a quality pace bowler.

Canada’s batting department is led by Ashish Bagai, Ruvindu Gunasekera, John Davison, Jimmy Hansra and Rizwan Cheema.

Bagai, apart from being captain, is a wicket-keeper right-hand batsman. His is a consistent and calm player who places his shots meticulously and comfortably to all sides. Bagai’s experience behind the stumps helps him to judge deliveries and manage his foot-work during his batting. He is considered to be a classy batsman who has the ability to take on any bowler he plays against.

In his World Cup innings, he scored 64 against Kenya and 84 against New Zealand. Bagai comes in to hold and stabilise the innings during the middle-overs. His weakness is the swing delivery that often tempts him to take a bad shot which usually gets caught.

Bagai is an average player of spin, but with the pitch conditions not providing much in terms of turn, he has the ability to manage. Australia’s pace bowlers will find Bagai quite challenging, but it is doubtful that he will survive the tremendous fielding of the opposition.

Gunasekera and Davison are Canada’s top-order opening batsmen, but they are sometimes shuffled around the line-up, as the team changes the batting order almost every game. Gunasekera is a left-handed aggressive batsman, but he seems to be out of form in this tournament, as he has not yet crossed the figure of 30 runs in five innings. His weak point is playing aerial shots that go straight into the hands of the fielder.

Davison is the oldest batsman of this tournament at 40 years of age. He is a right-handed batsman that has the ability to compile a big score, but he looks very feeble and out of form, as he has gone for zero in two of the five World Cup innings. Davison is easily hurried by the spinners and usually gets out leg before. He will try to utilise his vast experience against Australia, but his chances of success are uncertain.

Hansra and Cheema are right-hand middle-order batsmen. Hansra is doing well in this tournament, as he scored 43 against Pakistan, 70 against Kenya and 70 not out against the might of New Zealand. His only weak point is advancing ahead to hit a hard shot that usually gets him stumped. Australia’s out of the form spinners will be a blessing for him, but he may feel uneasy to face the pace bowlers.

Cheema is a good all-rounder, as he is thriving with the ball, but as a batsman, he has contributed some important runs in his side’s innings. He has the ability to put in a good performance and build quality partnerships. Australia’s pace bowlers may give him a chance to thrive, but if he fails, the innings will collapse as the bottom-order batsmen do not have the professional temperament to face the Australians.

Apparently there is no match between the Australians and the Canadian batsmen, as the former have a tremendous amount of experience, high morale and a consistent winning formula, while the later are shell-socked and lack experience playing at such a high level of international cricket. However, Canada’s lack of experience does not mean there is a lack of talent, as batsmen like Hansra and Gunasekera have the ability to put in a good performance and cause an upset.


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