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10-24-2009, 09:42 AM #1
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Full Highlights: Final Champion League New South Wales vs Trinidad & Tobago
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Scoreline: NSW 159/9 Brett Lee 48 (31), Steven Smith 33 (26) | Ravi Rampaul 4-20-3
T&T 118 all out Pollard 26 (15) Lee 2-10-2
When T&T had Australia down at 83/6, I suppose they didnít pay heed to the whispers going around the ground Ė An Aussie cricketer is never down unless six feet under.
Very often with tournaments, you forget who the runner-up was a year or so later. Unlikely here Ė T&Tís run will be discussed much like France dominates conversations centered on the last football World Cup.
Leeís day out, but everyone knows and expects this sort of champion stuff from him most of the time. Steven Smith on the other hand might not have done with the ball and bat what Lee did, but my impotent selection committee had him in the squad for the upcoming ODIs vs India even before today. And today, there was even more of a presence about him Ė itís doubtful if the potent selection committee will ignore him in the near future. Very similar to Piyush Chawla from India (except that Chawla has unfortunately been cast aside for what seems a long time to come), Smith could well be the next big thing out of Australia over the next few years.
Preplay: Often when a team has a run like T&T have had, they rarely stumble right at the end. But disciplined NSW bowling and fielding seems to tilt this a little towards NSW. On the batting front however, NSW have to a great extent depended on Warner/Hughes setting them up, and if they donít get it up today, the middle orderís reaction would be interesting.
Thereís nothing like watching discipline, class and dependability being taken apart by a bunch of marauders, so watching if Lee and co can cope is quite a fitting climax to a tournament that has been so-so.