Australia coach Andrew McDonald has indicated that cricket in the country could start to see players who will play in all three formats of the game. He also praised veteran opener David Warner for having the remarkable ability to play in all forms of the game for Australia.
“As we go through the journey over the next four or five years, I think you’ll notice more of a disconnect from players who potentially play all three formats, and may be pushed aside for players who play 12 months out of the year in the franchise world.”
“So working on that for 12 months out of the year versus another player potentially playing all three formats that you’re working on for three months, that other player is obviously going to progress at an accelerated rate. But there will always be outliers, there will always be players that can Play all three formats and they’ll go against the trend.”
“David Warner, his ability to play in all three formats is really amazing and he’s one of the best players ever, not just in Australia, but all over the world in terms of being able to do that. Few people can sustain it for that length of time.”
MacDonald revealed that the decision of Pat Cummins, the Test and ODI captain, to skip IPL 2023 was due to a busy cricket schedule where players would be given a break after the tour. India for four Tests and three ODIs and can only participate in a small part of the T20 League.
“I could see players potentially getting a break at the back of the Indian ODI series at the end of the Test series and then possibly picking up a bit of IPL content at the back end. It will be each individual case, and it will depend on how much cricket they played all summer And the Indian Test series too”.
MacDonald believes Cameron Green will generate huge interest from IPL teams at the mini auction to be held in Kochi in December 2023. Green caught the eye of many Indian fans when he hit his half-century while opening the batting in a three-match T20I double series in September.
“It’s a really positive thing to have his (Green) body in a place to go and make that happen, but also knowing we’ve got the Ashes in the back of that, so there’s going to be some balance. We’ll have to think about whether he gets picked on what he looks like.” In terms of his training programmes, the total load (and) whether it is a full-time period in the IPL.”
MacDonald signed the declaration by saying that Australia should get their kits right before the men’s ODI Globalism The cup to be held in India next year. “We are fast moving into the next cycle of ICC events, the Over 50 World Cup in less than 12 months and have 14 chances to be able to put together a team under a new captain.”