In their ODI match against Sri Lanka yesterday, Australia choked on M&Ms. Specifically, on Mathews, Malinga, and Murali. According to Richie Bennaud they say that however dark things may look, Sri Lanka is not beaten as long as Angelo Mathews is at the crease. And if yesterday's ODI match is anything to go by, what they say is true. Together with Malinga he set a new 9th wicket record at the MCG, when Sri Lanka went from 8-107 to score 243 for a spectacular and historic win.
The Australians, previously so buoyant, looked gloomier and gloomier. Their Captain-for-a-Night, Michael Clarke, went from chuckling a little at some of the ... unorthodox shots to quiet, jaw-clenched desperations. His face got whiter and whiter as his field settings and choice of bowlers got stranger and stranger. Will the MCG prove the graveyard of Clarke's Captaincy aspirations? According to this article, presumably written before last night's loss, in The Age, Marcus North — Marcus North! — is now considered a contender for the Captain-elect title. That funny noise you're hearing is my eyes rolling so much they're swishing. Marcus North?! Seriously now, people. Of course, some Australians on twitter had some ... interesting if not entirely original ideas regarding our Captaincy:
Not looking happy.
And why would he?!
And why wouldn't he?!