Gary Kirsten all set to take on a tough cricketing season ahead - Cricket News Roundup – Part 1 – June 16, 2012
South African coach, Gary Kirsten, is all set to face a tough cricketing season ahead where his side will be taking on some of the biggest teams in the cricketing world while playing away from home.
Speaking on the forthcoming tour of England, the South African who led India to their second ever ICC World Cup title last year as coach, said, “I think everybody is looking forward to the season, looking forward to the year ahead. It’s a big, big year, with some serious cricket coming up. I think the professional cricket landscape has changed. We know the schedule, most of the guys have played there before. They know how to bat and bowl in those conditions.”
Australian coach, Mickey Arthur, believes skipper Michael Clarke can leave a legacy as the finest captain from Australia and has the talents in him to become world’s best batsman.
“He's outstanding. I think the way he's captained has been superb in my observation since I've come in. He can certainly be the best batsman in the world. I think he can leave a real legacy of good Australian captaincy,” said Arthur, who coached his home country of South Africa before taking on the Australian job.
Australia are currently preparing to face England in the first of three big clashes in 18 months time, where they would be looking to take back the Ashes after the failed to subdue the Poms in last year’s five-match showdown.
Former Pakistan skipper, Zaheer Abbas, has come out in support for under fire middle-order batsman, Younis Khan, who is facing sharp criticism for poor form. However, Abbas believes that the seasoned batsman needs to be given more time to bounce back, to prove his place in the national team instead of being discarded by selectors.
Khan has not scored a century since 2008 and has belted just two half-centuries in 16 One Day Internationals which has caused alarm among the selectors, who now believe perhaps it is time for a younger player to replace Younis.