ABC Grandstand – Australia wins 2nd ODI, AB de Villiers goes nuts..

Mitchell Starc has 10 wickets in the first two Tri-Series ODIs. Image: ABC Grandstand

Mitchell Starc has 10 wickets in the first two Tri-Series ODIs. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: With Michael and Rob in the chair again this week, it was great chatting to the Grandstand Breakfast boys about Australia’s impressive start to the One-Day Tri-Series tournament.

After knocking off England in Sydney on Friday night, Australia accounted for India in Melbourne, where Mitchell Starc was “just happy to contribute” with his career-best ODI figures of 6/43, and James Faulkner’s finishing prowess again got Australia home after something of a middle order collapse.

Pretty in Pink: AB de Villiers was setting records for fun last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Pretty in Pink: AB de Villiers was setting records for fun last night. Image: ABC Grandstand

And yes, we also found time to discuss South African skipper AB de Villiers’ stupendous knock in Johannesburg last night, where he notched the fastest ever ODI century from just 31 balls. It was ridiculous! He also set the fastest ever ODI fifty along the way (16 balls), and South Africa went on post a new record score, of 2/439 from their 50 overs against the West Indies.

The Windies, despite making 291 in reply, still lost by 148. Worst still, they won the toss and bowled…

 

 

The pub debate: O’Connell & McKay talk bowling

No Shane, no. Just stay retired please… Image: ABC Grandstand

Here it is, the return leg. Today Ryan O’Connell and I tackle the various bowling dilemnas facing the Australian Test team, including rest and rotation, and the effect of Twenty20 cricket on bowling actions.

And we cover the topic of current debate, that being the constant shadow of a certain 43-year-old former Test wicket record-holder, who it seems just will not retire quitely.

And yes, this is the topic of the blow-up. I make no apologies. If it’s me blowing up, of course…