March 15, 2011
One last game for Canada's top cricketer
By NORMAN DaCOSTA, QMI Agency
John Davison and Canada will want to go out with a bang at Bangalore today.
It is fitting that the charismatic John Davison will hang up his bat in Canada’s final World Cup match against Australia, a country where he learned his cricket even though he was born in Canada.
The 40-year-old right-hander, appearing in his 32nd one-day international, will be most remembered for that stunning 67-ball century against the West Indies in the World Cup in South Africa in 2003. That knock included six sixes and seven fours and he amassed an impressive 785 runs that included five half-centuries.
It took Matthew Hayden of Australia 66 balls to erase Davison’s mark in the 2007 tournament in the West Indies and Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien obliterated that record by taking just 50 balls to reach three figures against England a couple of weeks ago on this same field in Bangalore.
“I suppose it’s pretty fitting it’s against Australia,’’ Davison told a press conference of the final game.
“There are some guys in their team I have had a fair bit to do with, both playing against and coaching, so it would be nice to have a good showing,” added Davison, now a coach at Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said he had many memories of Davison who he played with and against in Australia.
“At one stage to have the fastest World Cup hundred ever is a great achievement for him,” said Ponting. “He’ll be able to look back at the end of his career and look at some pretty good memories.’’
Davison has had a poor World Cup with the bat, scoring just 19 runs in four innings, but he has impressed with his off-spin.
If the International Cricket Council sticks to its decision to do away with the associate countries, this will also be Canada’s final match on the international stage.
Ponting is one captain who backed ICC’s decision, much to the chagrin of the minnows.
Kenya, one of the associate countries, made a mockery of Ponting’s position by posting 264 for six in reply to Australia’s 324 for six in the last match.
Canada can make Ponting eat his words by doing the same today.
“It’s for us to put on a good show to give reasons to the ICC to rethink their decision, not just for Ricky but for ourselves as well,’’ said Canada’s captain Ashish Bagai, who has been impressive with the bat and behind the stumps.
“We want to prove a point to ourselves and the people watching us.’’