Cricket legend says Aussie team doesn't stack up
CRICKET legend Doug Walters believes the current Australian team will never compare to some of our great teams of the past.
The Australian team is in a transitional period following the humiliation against England in the Ashes with new skipper Steve Smith set to lead the Aussies this summer.
"I think we'll still have a good side but not compared to some of the great sides we've had over the years," Walters said.
"I wouldn't be surprised if New Zealand beat us in the upcoming Test series.
"I think we were lucky the Bangladesh tour was cancelled and our best players were on deck here.
"It's a rebuilding stage and there is some talent there, hopefully they reach their potential sooner rather than later.
"Steve Smith is head and shoulders above everyone else at the moment.
"I've been a fan of his for years and thought he might have been our next great leg-spinner.
"He reminds me a lot of Ian Chappell when he took over as Australian captain and I don't think we'll see much more of his bowling now."
Walters has been an ambassador for the new Plan B Regional Bash Twenty20 competition.
Northern Rivers is part of the Regional Bash and won its first game at Coffs Harbour earlier this month.
Walters presented Ballina batsman Justin Moore (pictured) with his player-of-the-match award after the game.
The competition comes to Ballina on Sunday with Northern Rivers set to take on Northern Inland Bolters at Fripp Oval.
Walters was scheduled to be at the game but is now unable to attend.
The 69-year-old has been at most games with the final to be played at the SCG next month.
"It's a great format and the competition is starting to gain some momentum," Walters said.
"We want to encourage country cricketers to get involved and nurture that young talent.
"It's not just about hitting every ball over the fence; some of the games have been very tactical."
The game Sunday starts at 12.30pm with free entry to spectators.