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Australia in Decline!!

by UltimateTruth (U12298279) 22 December 2008
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After the Perth result it is pretty clear that the aussies are in decline and slid far worse than expected. I had expected the aussies post the Mcgrath & Warne era not to be a invincible force but at least be a dominant force (like the Taylor era). I would have expected them to win home matches.

But the Aussie bowling unit is faring pretty badly and unless they pull up their socks their downslide would continue further. To win test matches you need a good bowling attack and the aussie attack lacks teeth. If a bowling unit cannot defend 414 at home then it says a lot about the quality of the attack.

I had always maintained that Punter was an average captain and his captaincy skills have been exposed during the Indian series and this test match. He started by bowling Lee from the wrong end and his decision not to bowl Symonds was suprising. Punter was the captain of a great team but never a great captain.

Punter as usual has come with his excuses and I expect RugbySlayer, SuperKanga, LethalClark to come with their load of excuses.

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posted Dec 22, 2008

The Aussies are about to lose their cricket throne in both test and ODI,however I would have to see India and South Africa comprehensively beating Australia both home and away first before that happen .Australia had once look so great because all the other teams were much weaker and Australia had Warne and Mcgrath;now India and SA got much stronger and they are exposing the cracks in the Aussies game .The next six months will tell if the Aussies are realy a good team,so lets see how they handle the pressure of losing especially in their own backyard.I think instead of making clarke vice captain the should consider michelle johnson,he can bat and bowl and seems level headed and most of all he is the youngest.The Aussies should play two allrounders instead of a spinner,they will get more runs and clarke and one the allrounders can hold down the spinning department.Concerning Haden the Aussies will not hesitate to drop him if They continue to lose and he continue to get low scores :Remember mark waugh and beven?cracker

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posted Dec 22, 2008

Lee's not firing at present and, with Johnson quite reasonably not being able to repeat his first innings heroics, possibly SA's quest was made just that bit easier, particularly on a typically good Perth pitch always likely to last the duration.

Krejza has paid the penalty, but Hayden can consider himself lucky to survive. I doubt if any more failures on his part will be tolerated.

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posted Dec 22, 2008

for the next test.
hayden
katich
punter
mr cricket
clarke
symo
watson
haddin
lee
johnson
clark.

at the end of the series drop hayden for jacques or rogers. i wonder what if m hussey opens and david hussey comes in at 5. any aussie views on this.

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posted Dec 22, 2008

I HAVE FIRM FAITH IN THE AUSSIE BATTING LINE UP...I STILL BELIEVE THEY HAVE SOME TREMENDOUS BATSMEN COMING IN THE NEAR FUTURE...AS FAR AS THIS SERIES IS CONCERNED..I BELIEVE AUSSIES HAVE A NEW CHALLENGE WHICH THEY HAVN'T FACED BEFORE...WINNING A 3 TEST MATCH SERIES AFTER BEING 1-0 DOWN...SO M LOKKING FORWARD TO THE CHALLENGE...EVEN IF THEY SAVED THIS SERIES WOULD BE A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT....

BUT STILL AUSSIES ARE GOING TO RULE FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS OR SO WITH THEIR GREAT BATSMEN COMING UP

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posted Dec 22, 2008

for the next test..my lineup would be:
haydos
katich
punter
huss
clarke
symo
watson
haddin
lee
johnson
hilfy

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comment by GYMPIE (U4835331)

posted Dec 22, 2008

Krejza did not deserve to play one test for Australia. There are better spin bowlers playing bush cricket in Broken Hill and Birdsville. Krejza will find it tough to keep his place in the Tassie team.

Speaking of pub quality cricketers, the worst of them all, Peter Siddle, has somehow got himself in selectors thoughts once again and kept his spot in the side. How? Goodness knows.

Siddle offers absolutely nothing and when he tried to add a bit of chat to his game against South Africa, I was embarrassed to be an Australian...

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posted Dec 23, 2008

Krejza - VERY ordinary in the perth test (1-204 match figures)
160+ KPH bowlers - Tait (needs a season of domestic cricket before selection)
Siddle - not experienced enough
Hayden - will keep his place until end of tour and then selectors will replace him (Hughes, Rogers, Klinger)
Haddin - got out slogging (tried to bring 100 up with a 6 and got out)

Team for melbourne
Hayden
Katich
Ponting
Clarke
Hussey
Symonds/Watson
Haddin
Lee
Johnson
Hilfenhaus
Hauritz

SA to take #2 in world cricket (test) after india after these 2 series (provided india can sort themselves out, motivationally)
SA to take #1 in world cricket (ODI)

Australia fading without Warne (McGrath is replaced by Clark, injured atm)
England need to find players that can bat 6+ and score WELL

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posted Dec 23, 2008

Well you guys might as well kill 2 birds with 1 stone: Considering also that aussies don't have a spin option now and NZ are not usually competitive in tests, you can absorb that little island next to you and bring in their only good player :')
&then you might even stand a chance in the ashes next summer.

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comment by dkzorzi (U6493794)

posted Dec 23, 2008

diehardaussiefan, I agree with your selection entirely. Symonds and Watson should be compared on stage for the future, regardless of the results of the next 2 tests. Hilfenhaus is class, and we should take note of the west Indies' policy from the late 70's-80's...if you don't have a top class spinner, don't play one. If Ponting can't keep up with the over rates, he should be replaced with a captain who can. Haydos has 2 matches left, or it's curtains on a brilliant career.

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