Selection blunders by Australian selectors!!
March 3, 2013 3:57pm CST
The Australian think tank seems to have tanked in their thought process. Going into a test match with 2 front line bowlers, 1 part timer and 2 ODI specialists clearly shows the muddled thinking at the end of the Chennai test. This bowling attack has been exposed by the excellent bat-a-thon performance by two of Team India's emerging youngsters Pujara and Vijay. All they had to do was bat out the 2 front-line bowlers and cash in on others and they have done that very well on day 2. What do you think of these selection blunders by the Aussies? Cheers! Ram
5 Mar 13
The Australians are following a rigid policy by playing too many players and different players for different formats. Their rotation policy too is yet to give them desired results. A core team with a settled captain is what they need. They look at players over 35 as liabilities. A fit and performing veteran can be a guiding force. Hussey and maybe evn Ponting would have been an asset to this touring side. The team has to be built around a central core which is missing here. Clarke, Watson and then only newcomers. Where is the bowling core? Plus where is the prorgam to coach their boys how to play spin? You cannot just dismiss sub continent pitches by calling them dust bowls, you have to perform on them, like England showed in the last series in India. In the past India used to be stung by such criticism but Dhoni has fought for and got turning wickets. After all the idea is to win and why discard the home advantage? Even now we have ex players whos say that Pujara has to prove himself on the bouncy pitches abroad instead of saying that Warner has to succeed on Indian pitches. Dhoni and his team need to revisit the matches when Ganguly and Kumble were the captains of the side. Ganguly gave as good as he got and Kumble was firm and aggressive with the whole team behind him. How Ganguly and his boys retaliated to the mental dis-integration campaign of the Steve Waugh led Aussies in 2001 is legendary stuff. Indians have shown that they are learning to adapt and once they get used to the big bucks that they are earning, the real performances will unfold. Now, you see Indians are preparing turning wickets. Back in the 70s and 80s the westindies used fast and bouncy pitches to bludgeon their opponents as did the Aussies. The Indians had to get used to the Kookaburra ball only after they landed in australia. Likewise when touring England Indians found the 'County' ball difficult to get used to and that is how they usually lost the first test badly.
5 Mar 13
I think when they had that fantastic team, everyone was going ga-ga about anything Australian. Oh, their bench strength is brilliant, their domestic competition is brilliant, they never give up etc. Now that those greats have retired, these things are clearly exposed. It is the same domestic competition, where is the bench strength, and what fighting spirit are we talking when a captain declares his team at 237 and the team ends up losing in 3 days and 1 session by an innings and 136 runs!! A real joke!! Cheers! Ram
8 Mar 13
Losing to India in India is not a crime. No team can come here and defeat India tour after tour. It took nearly 6-7 tour for a country to beat India in India. So don't take that into factor. Australia team is still good and the coming Ashes is going to be quite exciting. Yes legends have retired but Aussies are still tough to beat on their home soil. Still 2 matches to go and if they are able to win 1 than that would be happy even with that.
9 Mar 13
I do not think losing in India is a crime. But losing in that fashion without a hint of fight was criminal. I thought every batsmen who came in had his pants on fire and was not willing to fight it out in the middle. It was really poor poor application and that is what has really made it worse for the Aussies. Cheers! Ram
9 Mar 13
I too think that it was not at all a good team selection from Australian side. The decision to avoid Lyon from the second match was just a blunder. I agree that he has conceded more runs than any Australian bowler in the first match. But he has managed to come back well in India's second innings. Anyway, let us wait and see what will be Australia's team in the coming match.
6 Mar 13
I agree there are selection blunders by Aussies for sure.They surely need to have 2 spinners while playing in India.They have not been consistent with team strategy and bowling attack.Lyon did well in first test but was dropped in second.Aussies never update themselves from the lessons learnt from the subcontinent tours.Plus,their fast bowlers are no lees and Mcgraths.Their batsmen are yet to establish themselves.Its whole package when it comes to test match.This Aussie team does not have that package, where they could pose serious trouble.2001 team who visited had that calibre and they played the series well.Plus,another problem i saw in this team was there were less seniors who visited from last series.Its tough to win in subcontinent without playing there earlier. Atleast some seniors telling them or advising or their coaches taking the initiatives. Well,all these were missing.Plus Clarke needs to think properly and use his resources well.Not sure, if they want to try out new players before Ashes and understand things.Perhaps they have accepted subcontient is not their piece of cake for time being and concentrate on other ones.But then Indians did play well.Thanks!
6 Mar 13
What was disappointing was that they saw what happened with England and did not learn from it. England played the first match with a single spinner and lost heavily. But then came back with two spinners to take the series. But the aussies did not learn from it and are paying for it. Cheers! Ram
4 Mar 13
I think they are most probably a team in transition in the last few years coz the retirement of inspirational captain and key players, they'll bounce back as wise people have said "Form is temporary, Class is permanent". Lets hope this happens against all teams except India. Wishful thinking I believe.... Cheers....