Waugh believes winning is all that matters
Just before the start of the first Test between Australia and South Africa, legendary batsman Steve Waugh has announced that captain Michael Clarke should not be concerned about whether he bats or bowls first, but instead focus on his game plan on how to beat the Proteas.
Waugh dismissed the idea that it would be “un-Australian” and “weak” of Clarke not to choose to bat first on a beautiful Brisbane wicket, where the outfield is lightening quick.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Waugh as saying: “You bat or bowl according to the conditions, the strength of your side and the weakness of the opposition … if you think you should bowl first and believe you’re capable of taking 10 wickets on the first day, you go for it, of course, he doesn’t have to bat. I think it’s a load of rubbish this [approach that] nine times out of 10 you bat and on the 10th you think about it and bat.”
Waugh also noted that he could not remember where the ideology to bat first on a pitch designed to be a pace bowler’s dream stemmed from.
“It doesn’t matter if you win or lose the toss because whatever you do first you need to do well. If you think your team should bowl first then you bowl, you shouldn’t worry about what people think about your decision, I think having to bat first if you win the toss is just one of those myths … A lot of times when I won the toss we bowled first, so that shows I certainly don’t subscribe to that theory,” Waugh added.