Jun 20, 2005

From Dominance to Downslide

Australia has lost four matches in this week.. Surely a week none of them would ever like to remember.. Most shocking were their one-day defeats to Somerset and then Bangladesh. Today, England too defeated them and Aus has some real soul-searching to do.

The common factor in all the four defeats have been their pedestrial bowling and fielding. Previously, Australian defeats have been brought about by their sudden batting collapses but now, their strong weapon in the armoury-bowling has failed under pressure. Could this be due to ageing? Is the tide reversing? Is it the law of averages? Whatever it be, this Australian team is no longer invicible as it was projected.

I think the most important factor is ageing.. especilly of the bowlers.. If McGrath, Gillespie, Kasprowicz and Warne form the bowling attack for the tests, that would mean the same bowling lineup as 1997 Ashes.. Three of these guys are mid-30's.. loads of experience but is their body supporting their will?

8 comments:

Nitin said...

wow. been away from cricket after India Pak series, which India lost so bad. Maybe Aus is just relaxing, and I dont think these matches mean big for them. They win against the main teams.

GP said...

Nitin, I dont think so... they landed in England with a determination to return undefeated (and thus become the 'best ever Aus team ever' after Bradman's invincibles). Sure there was complacency in the initial matches but yesterday's defeat exposed them quite badly.. they dont ever want to lose to England, their oldest rival.

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