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This is the worst Australian team since 1877

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    Australia’s embarrassing and disgraceful tour of India ended with another hiding in the fourth Test. Coming home to Australia will be Australia’s worst ever team since 1877.

    These are the facts about this team. It’s the worst Australian touring team in over 40 years – since Bill Lawry’s side got hammered 4-0 in South Africa.

    It’s the worst Australian team since Charles Bannerman opened the batting for Australia about 140 years ago and Shane Watson eclipses Kim Hughes as Australia’s worst ever captain.

    On this poor excuse for a captain. Promoting Maxwell to opener in the second innings, after he had failed in his three previous innings’ as a Test batsman, screamed of amateur hour. It looked no different to park cricket, when you run out of ideas so you just give someone a go and hope for the best.

    All of the planning and professionalism that comes with sport these days has amounted to moving a bloke who has shown nothing as a Test batsman to opener to take on India on a tough wicket.

    Is that the best Mickey Arthur and Shane Watson could come up with? What a disgrace.

    There has been too much talk and focus on the Ashes during this tour. The time to worry about the Ashes is still a month away.

    The lessons from this disgraceful tour need to be learnt first.

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    • March 26th 2013 @ 7:59am
      Nova Girl said | March 26th 2013 @ 7:59am | ! Report

      Worst since 1877? A bit harsh Beardan. The 1877 Aussie team beat England in the first test, and lost the second by just 4 wickets.

      Perhaps you meant the worst in Australian cricket team history, which began in 1877.

      • Roar Guru

        March 26th 2013 @ 6:33pm
        nick richardson said | March 26th 2013 @ 6:33pm | ! Report

        a bit harsh is an understatement.

      • March 26th 2013 @ 10:10pm
        Jaiden Florimo said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

        I have to login under my son, Jaiden Bettiol, as the Roar banned me from comments for having a little dig at Kate Lundy 2 months ago. Yes it means worst Australian cricket team since test cricket started.

        • March 26th 2013 @ 10:12pm
          Jaiden Florimo said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

          Please note Nova girl and Nick that Jaiden Florimo is Beardan (author of this piece).

    • Roar Guru

      March 26th 2013 @ 9:02am
      JGK said | March 26th 2013 @ 9:02am | ! Report

      Nothing like a bit of unsubstantiated hyperbole.

      • March 26th 2013 @ 9:30am
        jameswm said | March 26th 2013 @ 9:30am | ! Report

        True! I’ve seen worse teams!

      • Roar Guru

        March 26th 2013 @ 10:07am
        langou said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:07am | ! Report

        My favourite part is “These are the facts about this team”

        Before naming one fact, that we also happened to lose 4-nil forty years ago . Somehow this translates to the team being the worst team ever.

        • March 26th 2013 @ 3:27pm
          Bayman said | March 26th 2013 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

          If memory serves me, that 4-0 South African hiding in 1969/70 followed beating India in India on the first leg of the tour. Perhaps it might not have been 4-0 if we had not been forced to play a series on India’s dust bowls immediately before confronting South Africa on seamer friendly decks.

          Of course, South Africa did have Proctor, Richards, Barlow, Bacher, Irvine, Lance, Lindsay and the Pollock brothers – so they may have won 4-0 anyway.

          • Roar Guru

            March 26th 2013 @ 8:10pm
            sheek said | March 26th 2013 @ 8:10pm | ! Report

            Gidday bayman,

            I have actually said the same thing before – if the Aussies had gone straight to SA without a detour to india, it probably would still have been 4-0.

            But most of the tests might have been closer.

            Instead of losses by 170 runs, an innings, 307 runs & 323 runs, it might instead have been losses by 70 runs, an innings, 100 runs & 150 runs!

            A margin call, I know…..

        • March 26th 2013 @ 10:12pm
          Jaiden Florimo said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

          You clearly didnt see the way they played langou. I repeat: worst team ever. -Beardan

    • March 26th 2013 @ 10:36am
      mickywoolyams said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:36am | ! Report

      It was amazing to see Maxwell opening when there are already 4 opening batsmen in the team. Maxwell’s shot to get out was more #8 than #1.

      • Roar Guru

        March 26th 2013 @ 6:34pm
        nick richardson said | March 26th 2013 @ 6:34pm | ! Report

        I think maxwells fielding speed will be best used carrying the drinks.

    • March 26th 2013 @ 10:56am
      Robert said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:56am | ! Report

      I agree with 2 points only, Maxwell opening in the last test was a joke, when you have 4 openers in the team! Secondly there has been too much focus on the Ashes in this tour and for the last 12 months! The NSP has totally confused/clouded the mindset of our players at every level, by constantly talking about the future and not staying in the present, when will people learn that performance happens today here and now, not tomorrow!

      If you want any further example look at the poms in NZ right now, what are they focused on?

      • Roar Guru

        March 26th 2013 @ 11:59am
        langou said | March 26th 2013 @ 11:59am | ! Report

        The most important Test Match is the next one that you play

        Every single Test (and one -dayer for that matter) we should be picking our best 11.

        • March 26th 2013 @ 2:45pm
          Robert said | March 26th 2013 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

          The most important Test is the next ball!

          • March 26th 2013 @ 10:15pm
            Jaiden Florimo said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:15pm | ! Report

            In another words Robert, you agreed with most of it as they were two of my main points. Of course the most important test is the next one you play, there was far too much talk about the Ashes during this tour, which was poor to say the least. -Beardan

    • March 26th 2013 @ 11:55am
      Australian Rules said | March 26th 2013 @ 11:55am | ! Report

      Wow. Ok.

      Worst team in the history of Australian cricket?

      Conversely, is India the greatest team in the history of Indian cricket?

      • March 26th 2013 @ 10:16pm
        Jaiden Florimo said | March 26th 2013 @ 10:16pm | ! Report

        No India isnt the greatest in the history of Indian cricket, which makes it even worse to be hammered 4-0 to a good but a far way from great team.

    • March 26th 2013 @ 12:02pm
      Pope Paul VII said | March 26th 2013 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      Just for the actual history the 1970s aussies recorded no 100s against SA, going down 4-0. This team included I M Chappell, Bill Lawry, Keith Stackpole and Doug Walters. Apparently they were shickered coming off an India tour but that is some pretty fair hitting power.

      Would have to research the 1880s mob that went down 4-0 to England but it was very early days and batting was not a strong point.

      Good to see those Aussie battlers from 1977/78 to 78/79 rehabilitated. They were truly up against it and did pretty well considering.
      Kim Hughes worst captain is a bit harsh. Or Yallop for that matter.

      I agree that this team, although flawed, is being undermined by it’s own crazy beliefs before even considering the reality of hungry and agressive opponents and certainly has strong claim to “worst”.

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