Time for champions to show their quality

A TEAM of champions will never beat a champion team.

Hasn't that been the case so far in the ICC Super Series with the best players in the world self-destructing against a rejuvenated Australian side.

The World XI superstars certainly have a point to prove when the Super Test starts in Sydney today.

We've heard all the excuses this week as to why the World XI has failed to gel as a team.

After their 3-0 whitewash to Australia in the one-day series, the all-star brigade admitted it was not easy adjusting to playing for a composite side.

On that note, the World XI are under fire ? did we hear the Aussies making any excuses after losing the Ashes last month?

For the World XI to bounce back in the one-off Test, West Indies batting maestro Brian Lara is just one player that must fire.

His clash with Australian spin king Shane Warne is sure to be a highlight of the six-day match ? that's if the game goes the distance.

r Former Gladstone cricketer Nathan Reardon will be part of a new era of one-day cricket for the Queensland Bulls at the Gabba tonight.

Reardon, a Bulls rookie contracted player, is set to fill the role as the first Super Sub for Queensland under the new ICC one-day rules that come into effect this season.

The 20-year-old left-hand batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler has enjoyed a successful off-season including impressive performances on tour for the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence in India and Sri Lanka.

Only last month Reardon displayed his match-winning qualities during the Bulls' visit to Rockhampton.

r With the footy season finished and the summer of cricket underway, I'll be bringing you all the latest news and views on the local, State, national and international cricket scene.

If you have any news simply email me at aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au or call me on 4930?4262.



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