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Champion of Champions


Jason Gillespie - Only injury can keep him out

Even with the recent find of Brett Lee, it is almostcertain that Australia will turn to Jason Gillespie to spearhead their attack in Test cricket as soon as Gillespie recovers from injury. Gillespie has shown total committment in the past and bowled with raw pace. His long, even run up and smooth action have ensured that he does not lose accuracy in the quest for extra pace. This separates him from most fast bowlers the world around.

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Reon King - Strong young lad

With West Indian greats Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose at the very fag end of their careers, the selectors have had to look elsewhere for fast bowling talent. They need look no further than Reon King. He is young, strong and most importantly very accurate. In the limited overs games he is not frustrated when he does not pick wickets and plugs away at a steady line and length. When the mediumpacers do that it is difficult to get them away for runs. When someone of King's pace does that, it is well nigh impossible to score quick runs. King has understood the requirements of the modern cricket. With that understanding, he will be a world beater in his own right.

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Henry Olonga - A complete speedster

One need look no further than Henry Olonga's recent decimation of England for proof that he is a champion cricketer. Olonga has always been more than nippy and a handful for batsmen both at the beginning and at the end of the innings. However, he now has the ability to move the ball both ways, off the wicket and in the air. Olonga gave a spectacular display of his art against England, picking up six wickets and sending England hurtling to an embarrassing defeat. With Olonga fine tuning his skills as time goes by, he will be a force to reckon with in the future.

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Shoaib Akhtar - mastering the tricks of the trade

From being an express fast bowler in the Test matches alone, Shoaib Akhtar has learned to control his pace and bowl effectively in the One-Dayers as well. He has mastered the art of bowling reverse swing and his yorkers are lethal whenever he chooses to use them. From the point of view of the batsmen, life has become more difficult after Akhtar has mastered the use of both the bowling crease and varied run ups. Since the World Cup in May 1999, Akhtar has blossomed into one of the most dangerous strike forces in the world.

CricInfo scorecard of most recent match: [Scorecard]