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Cricket Australia Need Not Take Drastic Steps

Updated on August 9, 2015

First of all, Congratulations to the English cricket team for winning the Ashes series on their home turf. Last time they were completely destroyed by the Australian team Down-under. The English team really played well in conditions which were suited for swing bowling & their bowlers exploited it better then the Australian bowlers. In short, the English batsmen played better than their Australian counterpart.

I think the Australian Cricket Board should not bother too much about this huge loss because this Australian team is much better than most cricket teams around the world. There has been huge out-cry against this Australian team just because the Ashes series is considered to be a prestige issue.

Many ex-Australian cricketers have come out bashing the present team in England & these were the same people who thought Australia will beat this English team fair & square but that didn’t happen. The first casualty of this Ashes disaster has been the captain Michael Clarke, the 34 year old probably had to announce retirement because of his bad form with the bat.

Michael Clarke has been a greater player for Australia but in cricket when you are not in a great nick then one has to pay the price. If England had lost the Ashes then probably it could have been curtains for Alastair Cook as well but he is lucky just because the Englishmen have won.

Michael Clarke is just 34 & he has retired from all forms of international cricket. Now he might look this as an opportunity to play in T20 leagues all around the globe but I doubt he would gain much because he has never been a T20 player & has retired from T20 internationals long time back. I would be surprised if he is picked up by any IPL franchise for a big sum.

An ex-Australian captain has been quoted as saying that the Australian board may sack 6 to 7 players from the current team playing in England but I personally don’t think it’s required, but if it does happen then I guess Australia has many backup players. Australia’s A team is currently playing in India & they have beaten the host comprehensively.

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      Certified Noob 2 years ago

      @my-zone

      I am not at all saying that Australia will slide down the way Windies did they are too good for that. But Australia used to dominate world cricket in Tests and ODI. That is not longer the case. I don't know what bench strength you are talking about. As I have pointed out if Australia's bench strength was better than the current players they would have been already in the team

      I would be watching keenly.

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      my-zone 2 years ago

      @ integrater Australia has a very well managed professional domestic cricket setup.... In sports, teams win & lose, that's part of every sport, but one thing is sure Australian cricket won't slide down the way West-Indies Cricket team did. Australians have a good bench strength which they will unleash in coming months, just wait & watch.

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      Certified Noob 2 years ago

      Ricky Ponting has already pointed out that almost 8 players of the current lot should be dropped and that is true. There are no great bowlers around. Mitchell Johnson is well past his prime yet he is a very good bowler. Barring Steven Smith the Australian batters are struggling and if Australia did have a better bench strength as you have claimed they would have already replaced many of the current players. But they have not. South Africa is on ascendancy and has been for a long time followed by England. Australia is struggling and will continue to struggle in foreseeable future.

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      my-zone 2 years ago

      @ integrater Australians have much better bench strength than most countries..Australians players play with pride &they give top priority to test cricket..yes their batting has failed

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      Certified Noob 2 years ago

      I am sorry to say but I disagree with you. Australian performance in the last couple of years has not been good. Their win/loss ratio is not great. England, SA and New Zealand have better win/loss ratio than Australia. Also they don't seem to have a great bench strength. I guess Australia will continue to struggle if faced with unfavourable conditions or a good team unlike of the past Australian teams.