Australia still a bit soft in the middle

Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 14:09 PM IST

Sydney: Cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has said that Australia’s performance in the 2011 World Cup has been unconvincing.

Describing the Australians as rusty in their match against Kenya in Bengaluru, Roebuck says the Australians have not resolved obvious weaknesses in the middle order and spin department.

“As far as the batting is concerned, Cameron White remains the headache. White``s problem is that his engine takes a lot of cranking. Lacking neat footwork and clever hands, he cannot easily guide the ball into gaps. In the past he has been able to recover lost ground with powerful strokes over the boundary. Indeed he is one of the few Australians able to clear the ropes,” says Roebuck.

He adds: “White``s timing has been askew and his confidence has sagged. Maybe he is trying to hit the ball too hard, always a mistake.”

He believes that the Australians should bring in David Hussey, as he is “more fertile”.

“The Australians will also be hoping that their captain (Ricky Ponting) recovers his most fluent form and that Brad Haddin does not get carried away with improvisation,” he adds.

He concludes by saying: “Hereafter the Australian will play a lot of games in a short period - assuming they last the course. By the time they face Pakistan on the weekend, though, the Australians will need to have everything in its rightful place.”

Bureau Report