At CT13, Australians yet to show intent, intensity and hunger


CT13 Ian BellIt was supposed to be a ‘Super Saturday‘, but didn’t turn out one.

England and Australia were playing their first Group A round-robin league match against each other and given their rivalry (Ashes and otherwise) it promised to be one cracker of a game. But for some reason, the Aussie side that turned up for this clash was far from what we are accustomed to see for last so many years. They simply lacked fire.

England sporting their new red jerseys, looking fresh in new colors batted first and posted 269/6 with Ian Bell playing a superb innings of 91. This was a decent score on that track but nothing of the size that can seemingly intimidate the Australians. But it did.

When the Aussies came out to chase, there was no intent to go about it. Batting included, during the whole match, one just didn’t find the glimpse of aggression that is so native to Australian. They went about their business in a manner that is so unlike them. The zeal, the hunger to win was somewhat missing. Yes, the Haydens, the Gilchrists, the McGrawths and the Warnes don’t play the game anymore but the Australian body language has to have successors who can keep the attitude of these champion cricketers alive.

More than the loss, it was disappointing to see the manner in which they lost. They sure can fight better than this.

Australia play New Zealand next in Edgbaston on Wednesday and this is a good opportunity for them to come in their own. More so because these are two sides who have always been fighting it out against each other and thus aggression naturally makes its way into the contest. This may well be the catalyst that Australia need to get going.

They are a strong side, with multiple match winners. It’s only the famous Aussie attitude that they need to rediscover and there on they’ll be a side to watch out for.

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Champions Trophy 2013 Tickets – Selling like ‘Hot Cakes’


Champions Trophy TicketsIt’s 3 more days to go before the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 commences in England & Wales and the stage looks set just right for a super exciting tournament. The warm-up games plus the ongoing NatWest Series between England and New Zealand are those little teasers that make one sigh and think – ah! what an atmosphere for good three weeks of ODI cricket. It suddenly brings back memories of those nail biting finishes that we all have witnessed sometime, from the greatest matches played on the world stage.

Yes, now we have all these fast paced T20 games, both domestic and international, that bring so much in terms of thrill, but we all know how beautiful is a nicely poised, well fought 50 over game. Such delight!

TV networks are also doing a great job reviving ODI cricket and are pre-selling the tournament splendidly. In case you have seen the new ‘Champions Trophy on HD’ promo on ESPN-Star, you know what I mean. Take a bow creative team for this promo, and particularly for that last shot which shows the cricket ball with dust particles around it…in HD. You guys have taken the visual experience of sports telecast on television to an entirely new level and I must tell you, its just great for the game.

And if this gets you thinking that all the cricket lovers are glued to their television sets and stadiums aren’t attracting as many spectators. Well, think again. Its crazy out there and tickets for ICC Champions Trophy 2013 are selling like hot cakes.

Champions Trophy is being played in England for the second time, and the interest it is drawing is more than ever. The Oval, Edgbaston and The Cardiff Wales Stadium, three venues for this tournament are expecting full-house for most of the matches. For records, as it would happen anywhere in the world, the June 15 India vs. Pakistan encounter at Edgbaston is already ‘SOLD OUT’.

Multiple vendors and various ticketing partners like TicketMaster, LiveNation Entertainment and others are offering tickets both online and over the counter. Ticket prices are ranging from £20 for group games (family stand) to £60 (Gold) for the big final at Edgbaston. Whatever row, whichever stand you get, go grab your tickets and don’t miss out upon a chance to cheer your favorite team right from the buzzing stadium. Some tournaments are special, and being the last Champions trophy edition this one is special for sure.

I have my ticket for the finals. And if you happen to get yours, then see you in Edgbaston. I’ll be there with my face painted in my team’s color, dancing and jumping in hope that some cameraman notices me and I show up on the big screen 🙂 !

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‘Champions Trophy 2013’ aka ‘ICC Knock-Out’ aka ‘Mini World Cup’ – Last but not the least!


ICC Champions Trophy 2013IPL jerseys have gone for laundry service and it’s time for the players to put on their nation’s colour. 6th of June is when the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 commences in immensely cold conditions of England and Wales which is going to be in stark contrast to hot and humid Indian weather that some of the players witnessed during the IPL 6.

Champions Trophy the name that this tournament got in 2002, is probably the most popular and reputed ODI tournament in the world, only next to the ICC World Cup. It started as ICC Knock-Out Tournament in 1998 and had always drawn huge interest and audience. This time around, because of the fact that it’s going to be last edition of the tournament there is huge excitement around it and the teams are absolutely keen to do well and end on a high.

This 2013 edition has Australia, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand placed in Group A, while in Group B, India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies would fight it out against each other during the round-robin stage. Every one of these teams is capable of winning the title, but given the conditions, teams which have bowlers who can bowl fast and swing it, and have batsmen who can counter swing are more likely to make an impact. Due to home advantage, England are slight favorites but we just cannot rule out anyone. India has a super strong batting order as always, Australians are ready with their game plan and strategies all the time, West Indies have some big match winners and Pakistan are unpredictable as ever. And so, the thrilling contests are guaranteed.

All the matches of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will be played at three venuesSophia Gardens (Cardiff), Edgbaston (Birmingham) and Kennington Oval (London), with the final to take place in Edgbaston on the June 23rd.

We at Cricket Exclusive will keep sharing all the updates relating to results, standings and match analysis, all through this three-week tournament. So stay tuned and enjoy!

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