Not many cricketers actively prefer to play Australia, statistically at least. Most prefer Bangladesh. VVS Laxman just might prefer Australia.
We always preferred playing the wall of the garage, which could function as batsman, bowler, fielders AND scorecard – with the aid of a bit of chalk. We think that we probably had some friends at that point, but spurned them in favour of the wall. The wall was good to us. It never complained about being Australia, although it did hit us once after a contentious run-out.
Today’s 109 was Laxman’s 12th hundred, but his fifth against the Aussies. He averages 52.7 against Australia, 44.5 overall. Not a huge difference, but averages usually head the other way. It was also his third hundred at the SCG, which isn’t bad considering this was only his fourth innings there.
Suppose if you’ve played one of the best Test innings of all time against a side, it’ll give you a little bit of confidence. Lord knows where he got the initial confidence from though – probably from some sort of magic cake.