As I sit in a sunny Melbourne on the eve of the Commonwealth Bank Series it would be remiss of me not to reflect on our Vodafone Test Series win against Sri Lanka.
We set the goal of winning the series 3-0 and achieved that target. Some of our younger players really stood up and put in solid performances and we increased the depth of our bowling stocks again, with Jackson Bird putting in superb performances.
After the retirement of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey this Australian summer, our Test team has lost 250 Test caps but I have full confidence that this is a new dawn and I am very excited about the Test year that lies ahead.
This week the Commonwealth Bank Series ODI squad trained together for the first time and the squad was refreshed by several new faces.
Warner, Wade and Clarke have been rested as they have played continuously for the last year and as we have a full calendar ahead of us it’s imperative to allow these players the chance to refresh themselves.
All of the players in this squad realise that they have a huge opportunity and really want to make their mark.
The batsmen know that if they take responsibility and put in performances, there might be a reward as we search for Mike Hussey’s replacement.
All of the players have earned their selection through impressive domestic performances and I am really keen to see who will put their hands up and turn in match winning performances.
We know we will have our work cut out for us tomorrow as Sri Lanka is a formidable ODI opponent.
Finally, I will leave you with some insights into our team celebrations following our Vodafone Test Series victory.
We had a great celebration in the team changing rooms as always and Mike Hussey was presented with a few gifts from the team.
The team song was handed over to Nathan Lyon for Test cricket and Matthew Wade for the ODI and T20 formats.
John Williamson came into the change room and sung True Blue – a truly amazing moment.
Members of the team and our families celebrated into the night on James Packer’s boat on Sydney Harbour; it was a wonderful way celebrate the series win and see in a new era of Australian Cricket.
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