ABC Grandstand: Tri-Series Final preview

Michael Clarke made 51 for Western Suburbs in Sydney 1st Grade yesterday. Image: ABC Grandstand

Michael Clarke made 51 for Western Suburbs in Sydney 1st Grade yesterday. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: The Tri-Series has taken a bit of a back seat in recent days, with all the focus on the Socceroos run to the Asian Cup Final last night (which they won), and everyone wondering if Michael Clarke’s hamstring would survive a club game in Sydney yesterday (which it did).

Nevertheless, Dan Lonergan and I did preview the Final in Perth this afternoon between Australia and England on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, as well as touching on all the other talking points of the week..

 

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…

 

 

ABC Grandstand Cricket Council – Tri-Series preview

Ian Bell was magnificent making 187 in Canberra on Wednesday, and England are a better team with Alastair Cook. Image via www.cricket.com.au

Ian Bell was magnificent making 187 in Canberra on Wednesday, and England are a better team without Alastair Cook. Image via www.cricket.com.au

ABC Grandstand Digital: Having seen a fair bit of England this week, I was glad to get the summons to appear on the Cricket Council again this morning, where the lovely Melinda Farrell and I attempted to talk some sense around their improvements as a side, and the Tri-Series one-dayers starting in Sydney this afternoon..