Do we really want to go to India?

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    The euphoria surrounding the Australian Test team’s 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan, should be placed into perspective.

    The Pakistanis arrived in Brisbane, to play the first Test, in mid-December, direct from a 3-0 flogging at the hands of the Test team from the land of the long white cloud.

    Over the years, Pakistan’s travelling Test record to countries south of the Equator is deplorable.

    The Pakistan side, plagued by political strife at home, whose morale is at an all time low were very unlucky not to pull off a miraculous first Test win, against Australia, going down by a mere 39 runs after a magnificent run chase.

    What may have occurred over the rest of the series if Pakistan had got up to win that first Test from an impossible position?

    It would have been just what the doctor ordered to kick-start their Aussie tour. Alas, it didn’t happen.

    Looking at Australia’s Test performances during 2016 represents less than exciting reading.
    After a draw with the West Indies, at Sydney, in January, they comprehensively defeated New Zealand, away, 2-0 in February. Results by an innings and 52 runs and 7 wickets indicated the difference between the two teams.

    These victories were counter-balanced by an underwhelming performance in Sri Lanka, going down to the host nation 3-0 and showing an inability to handle sub-continent conditions.

    Outstanding examples of this were David Warner and Usman Khawaja.

    Back in Australia, the floggings continued, with South Africa stitching up the series after big victories in Perth and the embarrassment of an innings and 80-run loss by the Aussies in Hobart.

    Sure, the Aussies got up and won the dead rubber Test in Adelaide, but the damage had been done.

    Australia, having escaped defeat by a cat’s whisker in Brisbane, went on and claimed a clean sweep against Pakistan. So they should have!

    Surely it should have been expected that the Aussies would take care of Pakistan, on their home decks.

    The upcoming tour of India is a huge challenge for Australia, particularly with the recent failures in Sri Lanka.

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    • January 11th 2017 @ 8:38am
      Phil Morey said | January 11th 2017 @ 8:38am | ! Report

      This would be a reasonable essay if the Australian team now was the same as the Australian team during the South African defeats. The major changes to both the team selection and the management dynamic after the second test has resulted in a much more focused and rejuvenated squad. A few more tweeks to the bowling line up and the team will be competitive in India. A bowler with the same skill set of McGrath would be useful there.The constant line and length of a Jackson Bird type bowler would tie down one end and frustrate the Indian batsmen into taking chances at the other end . Here may lie the key to success.

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      January 11th 2017 @ 9:52am
      Bumsy said | January 11th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      No. Cricket Australia should avoid every series that will not result in an undefeated victory.

    • January 11th 2017 @ 10:55am
      Pete said | January 11th 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

      Yes

    • January 11th 2017 @ 11:18am
      Adrian said | January 11th 2017 @ 11:18am | ! Report

      It certainly feels a bit rushed, since the Sri Lankan tour. We decided to go to South Africa, on the way back home, to change formats to ODI, and we decided to give all and sundry a rest, as we gift-wrapped South Africa a 5-0 whitewash, the first by any team against Australia in ODIs, to go alongside our first ever series loss to Sri Lanka in tests, also a 3-0 whitewash, and in between those two whitewashed series, we actually won an ODI series and whitewashed Sri Lanka in a T20 series, thanks to some of the best batting ever by one Glenn Maxwell, who was subsequently dumped for the South African series, never to be heard from again. Our selective memories continued as we had South Africa at home for a test series, changing formats again, and we somehow mysteriously forgot about our amazing performances against Sri Lanka in the ODI and especially T20 series just weeks earlier, instead claiming we were at an all-time low. Then, after being comprehensively beaten in the first test, our selectors woke up to the fact that sending hodge-podge teams to face against one of the best teams in the world probably wasn’t good enough, and they actually tried to select our best team, though we lost the 2nd test anyway. Then we tried even harder to get the right team, and actually had something of a competition for spots in the 3rd test, resulting in a dead rubber victory, and then we kept on keeping on, resulting in triumphant wins in all 3 tests against Pakistan. And, before someone says that Pakistan almost won the 1st test, don’t be confused into thinking it was close – Australia were dominant and declared to set up a target, so if it was a timeless test Australia would have won very, very easily. But Pakistan did nearly rob us. So, after all of that, we head off to India, which would be absolutely fine by me, finally an end to the mad scheduling, only before that we are playing some ODIs against Pakistan just to round out that tour. That too would be fine, except that then we are playing some T20s against Sri Lanka, a day before we play a test against India, and half-way across the world, for heaven’s sakes. And we wonder why we can’t get any consistency going. I think we are squeezing in some matches against New Zealand in there somewhere too. The tour against India is a great idea, and we should embrace it. But it would have been nice if we had just limited ourselves to the useful tours, like the test series in Sri Lanka, the test series against South Africa and the test series against Pakistan, and leave all of these pointless matches out of the whole thing. While it might work if we can get on an undefeated run heading into India, and decide to pick Chris Lynn, who is in the ODI side on the basis of his domestic T20 form, and we subsequently decide that he must go to India for tests, and then India are so shocked that he’s there that he decimates them and averages 100 across the 4-test series. But, failing that, what could happen is that good quality players get injured or worn out or lose confidence or just plain forget which format they are meant to be playing at, and David Warner goes into a test match thinking that 30 runs off 20 balls is a good contribution, because he’s in T20 mode, or James Faulkner, who by rights should be in the test team, is there but thinks that bowling some change of pace will help. That’s when we will get into trouble.

      • January 13th 2017 @ 3:26am
        david adolf said | January 13th 2017 @ 3:26am | ! Report

        i saw in some other post comments about australia having a chance if they win 2,3 tosses.
        oh please this is just a way of making excuse if you lose the match after losing the toss.
        last time australia lost 4-0 having won all the tosses and same with eng, they also won 4 tosses in their recent series.

        • January 13th 2017 @ 9:39am
          Adrian said | January 13th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

          I didn’t mention tosses, so your comments strike me as odd.

          • January 13th 2017 @ 10:07pm
            david adolf said | January 13th 2017 @ 10:07pm | ! Report

            sorry actually i saw in some other article people talking about it,i couldn’t reply to it at that time and i just replied to you by mistake. Very odd but sorry

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