The future looks bright for Australian cricket
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Australia's Ashton Agar celebrates his half century during the second day's play of the first cricket Test match of the 2013 Ashes series between England and Australia at Trent Bridge. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES
Australian cricket is at the moment in a dark place, but they say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.
Every since the retirement of Justin Langer, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, Australian cricket has been going downhill.
The next season saw another legend of the game, Adam Gilchrist, go. And just last summer we saw Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting also finish their great cricketing careers.
Australia is now struggling. They are three nil down with one Test to go in the Ashes and are being referred on social media as ‘Lolstralia’.
Not a very bright future for Australian cricket? Think again.
The Australian A team are into the tri-series final, a competition that involves South Africa A and India A.
They have been the top team in the series, winning three and only losing one match in their four games. They have also beaten Zimbabwe A in a three day match and drew with South Africa A in their four day match with them.
One of the most important questions is, are the players good?
Yes, they’re good but not great yet. Players such as Aaron Finch, Alex Doolan, Moises Henriques and Nathan Coulter-Nile are all good future talents that should do some more time in shield cricket.
Nic Maddinson looks like he could make his Test debut for Australia this upcoming summer.
Overall, Australian cricket still has a long way to go, although in the next five years we could be number one again in Test cricket.
Watch Glenn Mitchell's wrap of the second Test, where Australia were victorious early on the final day, winning by 218 runs and taking a 2-0 series lead into the third Test in Perth.