Australia have given the world of cricket a lot of great things.
The genius of Bradman.
The pace of Lindwall.
The elegance of Benaud.
The showbiz of Warne
and now it seems they are set to give the world the ugliest opening pair since, er, a very very long time.
Phil Jaques, the most likely candidate to replace Matthew Haydos and Krab Kattich will form possibly the most technically confused, footwork impaired, style-lacking opening combo in test cricket.
Neither seem to have read a batting manual, if they did it was soon used to roll up joints when they were in the dressing room.
With Langer and Hayden, Langer’s balls and Haydens thuggery were a good contrast and often Hayden’s power hitting covered up for Langer playing the ball with his head.
Of course no one says you need to bat like Mark Waugh or Tendulkar (pre 2000) to be good batsmen, just look at Shiv. And if you followed Australia you’d know that Kattich is probably in the top 3 batsmen in the Australian team right now, Phil Jaques averages 50 since he took over from Langer.
But for us we have to, possibly, endure two batsmen fidgeting around and running about the crease like their feet are on fire.
The good thing though, is that both are pretty attacking batsmen, so the chances are high that we will see Ponting or Clarke grace us with some elegance more often than not.
Australia wont mind as long as they get the runs on the board, I wont mind as long as they don’t conspire to bat for days on end.
Ps- Imagine if Shiv ditched the WI team, relocated to Australia and opened with the Krab.