This squad of fifteen members
Is surely on a roll
The whole world will remember
The way they field, bat and bowl.
Starting up-front with Gilly,
The world’s best keeper and most dangerous bat;
He will make the bowlers feel silly
By hitting even the best balls straight down the track!!
Partnering him up the order
Is none other than Haydos
Whose shots are so damn powerful,
That they keep the fielders on their toes.
At one down comes Ponting,
The guy whose been leading this Aussie team;
An awesome fielder and right-hand bat,
His stint as captain has been a dream.
Next in line comes Damien Martyn,
Who is quite important at No. 4;
He can be a bit slow till he gets his eye in
And then beware, for the runs will start to flow!
At No. 5 comes Darren Lehman
Known to his mates as Boof
A gritty fella’ with the bat
Although his bowling is not all that tough!
At the No. 6 position is Michael Bevan
The world’s best finisher of the game;
Taking quick runs in ones and twos
He puts the opposing fielders to shame!
No. 7 is an important one for all
And the Aussies have Symmo here
He’s an awesome hitter of the ball
And on the go he’ll reduce the opposition to tears!
After this come the Aussie bowlers
Of whom each and every batsman fears
They start firing with their tails high up
And help the Aussies win several cups!
Glenn McGrath – the ever reliable guy
With a naggingly accurate line and length
And though he may not be great with the bat
His balls nearly always take the batsman’s edge!
Binga is arguably the fastest in the world;
His bouncer’s can take off the batsman’s head
He is also a big hitter with the bat;
He’s a guy whom they all really dread!
Gillespie’s the one whom they call Dizzy
It’s no wonder ‘coz he keeps the batsmen busy.
He looks quite fierce when he‘s bowling
And is not bad with the bat at the end!
Andy Bichel used to be a useful 12th man
Until Dizzy was out injured;
Then he showed us his strength with the bat
And even came up with best bowling figures!
Brad Hogg – the left arm spinner
Entered the line-up with Warney gone
He showed the world that he can be a winner
By bowling accurately and not batting badly at all!
Maher, Harvey, Hauritz and Bracken
Are just some others who are part of the squad
They rarely get their chance in
Because the rest are all top-notch!
One thing to remember about these Aussies
– Apart from their great bench strength
Is their never-say-die attitude
That keeps them going till the very end!
They’ve shown their critics how tough they are
By winning even without the Waughs and Warne;
For their fans they put up a great show
Thus going on to win their second World cup in a row!
And one day when I am grey and old
To my grandkids I shall say,
“These blokes in green and gold
Were surely there to stay!!”
(c) Sanch Vee @ Sanch Writes (Originally written in 2003 for the Aussie cricket team — it was after they comprehensively beat India in the finals. Boys, we need the same stuff back again!!!)