After a stunning performance in tonight's T20 game, Australia's stand in captain Michael Clark led his team to a solid victory against India at the MCG. In an effort that clearly earned him the man of the match award 'The Pup' showed he was more than ready for the challenges of captaincy.
With regular captain Ricky Ponting out due to 'back pain' twenty 26 year old Michael Clark shone in the leadership role. Using strong bold field placements the Australians quickly bowled out the Indians for only 74 runs.
In his international debut, 30 year David Hussey, younger brother to 'Mr Cricket' (Michael Hussey), found himself on the edge of a hat trick as the Australian bowlers breezed through the Indian batsmen.
Retiring wicket keeper and opening batsman Adam Gilchrist, shared the glory with Clarke as they quickly set about attaining the required total. Together the pair accumulated the better half of the required score with each providing spectators with magnificent sixes.
Where India struggled to find the long boundaries Australia's batsmen repeatedly struck the ball with force and determination. While the 85,000 crowd members were forced to endure two bat breaks due to Australia's power there were no complaints with the brilliant batting display.
The only real disappointment in this fast paced enthralling match were the final overs of Australia's innings. While there was a spectacular catch from a Gilchrist high ball the Indians seemed to have lost all fielding abilities.
Poor communication due to excessive crowd noise saw a collisions between players resulting in a dropped chance. To top it all off the current T20 champions gave the winning run away with a wide.
Despite this is it was a highly enjoyable game proving that cricket is alive and well. The opening one day series game on Sunday should prove to be as equally exciting.