One of the best finishers ODI cricket has ever seen, Michael Bevan, the former Australian cricketer has expressed his will to coach a struggling Australian team. Steven Smith & Co. are currently struggling with their batting in almost format of the game. They have suffered numerous batting collapse and need some inspiration to turn the tables as they trail by 0-2 in the ongoing ODI series against India. Who better than the ‘Master of the chase’, Bevan who has rescued Australia on several occasions when the opposition got through the batting order of the legendary Australian team.
Australia suffered a major batting collapse in the second ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata as they lost 6 wickets for 62 runs and bundled out for 202 while chasing a target of 253, thanks to Kuldeep Yadav’s hattrick spell. Bevan has coached a club in the Sydney Premier Cricket for easts, though he has not been involved in a coaching role for any major team. However, the talent of Bevan is unmatched and his approach towards chasing targets might be exactly what Australian batsmen need to get back on track. The 47-year-old has a staggering average of 53.58 in ODIs which multiplies when his record batting second is kept in mind.
Bevan got concerned by Australian batting lineup and took to Twitter and express his desire to coach Australia.
@CricketAus would love to be considered for the role of ODI batting coach -where do I apply?
— michael bevan (@mbevan12) September 22, 2017
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke was quick to respond as he took only 13 minutes to express his opinion via his Twitter account.
Exactly what this team needs buddy https://t.co/TfOFla8GuG
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) September 22, 2017
Twitterati supported Bevan’s intentions to help Australian cricket. Here are a few tweets-
Put him on the plane to bangalore right away!!!
— Sudarshan (@sudarshanraghav) September 23, 2017
Much needed one!!! Isn’t it. frustration, tears all over from aussie fans..just a request appoint odi legend @mbevan12
— SiddArth dr (@SiddArthdr1) September 23, 2017
Job interview Over, if bevan wants the job it’s his
— Any rain ? (@jwamiet) September 23, 2017
You are welcome any time champ! G.O.A.T
— Waѕiyullah Budye (@WasiyullahB) September 23, 2017
We need you !! We cant see the team in this condition anymore
— Sheffali Chugh (@Sheffalee) September 23, 2017
Always love watching you bat in Odis … can’t get any better then that…
Cricket Australia just accept his application we need him
— sunny (@patelsunny2006) September 23, 2017
Damn sign this man up asap,he’s a deadset legend the boys will benefit from his experience
— ritz dutta (@sharma_tesh) September 23, 2017
Then this man gave a proof of Australian batting legend’s prowess.
I would like to provide this video reference in support of the candidate: https://t.co/SVj6jfnjBm
— Anthony Bieniak (@Bienie) September 23, 2017
Australian skipper Smith revealed the possible problems Australian team is facing in the post-match presentation, he said, “It’s happening a bit too often for my liking, to be honest with you, in all forms of cricket. We’ve had a lot of collapses and we need to stop. It’s easy to just sit here and say ‘it needs to stop’, but when you get out in the middle you have to change what you’re doing because it’s not working.”
“Watching the ball closer (could be a solution), or maybe the guys are trying to watch it too closely and forgetting about just playing the game. It’s a hard one to put my finger on. But whatever it is, it needs to change and we need to make better decisions when we’re under pressure and start playing the game properly. Because we’re having too many collapses and it’s not good enough.”, he added.
Let’s see how Cricket Australia responds to Bevan volunteering to help the Aussie batsmen. The offer is hard to ignore under circumstances.