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chatter
The fall of the mighty
by chatter on Nov 11, 2011 06:56 PM

Imagine this happenning to the once mighty Aussies. But there are a number of reasons for the fall

1. When they were in their pomp, from say 2000 to 2005, they did not give chances to fresh blood. From Hayden to Gilchrist, all were in their mid to late thirties. Even Ponting, their best bat, was past 30. They did not do enough to blend the new with the old. People like Bevan and Symonds and Lehmann, who used to fill in when any of the regulars did not play, were themselves in their mid thirties. By the time the regulars left, they too were gone, or at least going.

2. Match winning players are always characters. Unfortunately the Aussie system refused to recognise this. Players who did not conform to the disciplinary standards of the team were ruthlessly weeded out. So performers like Symonds and Katich had to leave the game when they still had some good cricket left in them.

3. The newcomers have just not deivered. In fact, over the past three years only a handful of their players have contributed meaningfully to the team. Leave out Watson and Micheal Hussey, no player has been contributing on a regular basis to the team. Ponting and Clarke have failed more often than not. No one else has contributed even once with the bat.

4. The state of the Aussie bowling has been worse. After McGrath and Warne, they have not been able to produce a single bowler even remotely as capable. Much was expected of Mitchell Johnson, but he seems to have totally lost it.

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chatter
The fall of the mighty
by chatter on Nov 11, 2011 06:56 PM

Imagine this happenning to the once mighty Aussies. But there are a number of reasons for the fall

1. When they were in their pomp, from say 2000 to 2005, they did not give chances to fresh blood. From Hayden to Gilchrist, all were in their mid to late thirties. Even Ponting, their best bat, was past 30. They did not do enough to blend the new with the old. People like Bevan and Symonds and Lehmann, who used to fill in when any of the regulars did not play, were themselves in their mid thirties. By the time the regulars left, they too were gone, or at least going.

2. Match winning players are always characters. Unfortunately the Aussie system refused to recognise this. Players who did not conform to the disciplinary standards of the team were ruthlessly weeded out. So performers like Symonds and Katich had to leave the game when they still had some good cricket left in them.

3. The newcomers have just not deivered. In fact, over the past three years only a handful of their players have contributed meaningfully to the team. Leave out Watson and Micheal Hussey, no player has been contributing on a regular basis to the team. Ponting and Clarke have failed more often than not. No one else has contributed even once with the bat.

4. The state of the Aussie bowling has been worse. After McGrath and Warne, they have not been able to produce a single bowler even remotely as capable. Much was expected of Mitchell Johnson, but he seems to have totally lost it.

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bracelet grace
Remember dear,
by bracelet grace on Nov 11, 2011 06:16 PM

Behind every collapse,
there is an "English" angel.

(they never allow any one colony to dominate in any one field!)

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hari nair
score
by hari nair on Nov 11, 2011 06:13 PM

can anybody tell the score please??

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vishal
love
by vishal on Nov 11, 2011 06:11 PM  | Hide replies

wa wa

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vishal
Re: love
by vishal on Nov 11, 2011 06:16 PM
O


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Prince Aniston
2nd day of test match...............
by Prince Aniston on Nov 11, 2011 05:30 PM

many aussies saw horror movie in a broad day light.....

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Abhijit Nair
M
by Abhijit Nair on Nov 11, 2011 05:30 PM  | Hide replies

Ridiculous that SA commentators gave Man of Match to a bowler rather than Clarke who scored 150 on a poor pitch or not even smith

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VASUDEVAN VM
Re: M
by VASUDEVAN VM on Nov 11, 2011 06:33 PM
there are 3 centuries of clark, smith and amla so there is nothing wrong with the pitch, it was just a harakiri of batsmen


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Gunvant Desai
first test between SA & AUS
by Gunvant Desai on Nov 11, 2011 05:28 PM

A great day (2nd day of the TEST MATCH) when the four innings of a Test Match played on trhe 2nd day

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Sabasanzu
australia down down
by Sabasanzu on Nov 11, 2011 05:15 PM  | Hide replies

down down down australia

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