Waugh predicts Ricky’s `new invincibles can win 30 Test matches on the trot

January 1st, 2008 - 1:31 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Jan.1 (ANI): Former Australian captain Steve Waugh believes Ricky Ponting’s new band of Invincibles can win an astonishing 30 successive Test matches if they maintain their current blistering form.
With the New Year’s Test against India starting at the SCG on Wednesday, The Australian quoted Waugh as saying that: “There is no reason why they can’t win that many Tests. They are dominating and winning matches by big margins.”
Ricky Ponting’s men will equal the world record of 16 consecutive wins set under Waugh’s stewardship in 2000-2001 if they knock over a punch-drunk India again in Sydney.
While Waugh’s claim sounds unlikely, a quick glimpse of Australia’s schedule this year suggests it could happen.
The world champions will be favoured to knock over India in Perth and Adelaide before this series is finished.
Australia will thereafter tour Pakistan, the West Indies and India next year - all nations they would fancy their chances against - while there is also a mid-year Top End home series against minnows Bangladesh.
The 1948 Australia team led by Sir Donald Bradman were dubbed The Invincibles because they did not lose a match throughout their tour of England.
This title could soon be bequeathed upon Ponting’s men if their stunning form continues.
However, Waugh is also aware fortunes can swing quickly in Test cricket and warns Ponting’s men must stay on their toes.
“Cricket is a funny game. We thought we were going to win 17 in a row in Calcutta (in 2001) and it didn’t happen. When you least expect it, cricket comes back and bites you.”
Waugh said he was delighted this Australia team was in a position to match the record he tasted late in his grand career.
“It’s a fantastic achievement. I am more than happy to see them get 16, then go on and get 20, 25, 30, 32 wins,” he said.
“I think records are there to be broken. I feel happy that if they go past it I have played a part in the way Australia plays cricket. (ANI)

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