What went wrong
August 25, 2009 11:23am CST
Friends what went wrong with Australian team in current Ashes Cup against England. I feel Australia's experienced players flop. Players like Hussey, Ponting, Michael Clarke, Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken inconsistent performances. Missing a genuine spinner as well. England were close to the jaws of defeat in the first test and then in the following test but somehow managed to escape from that.. Australian younger players like M North, Haddin, Watson, Katich, Stuart Clarke and Siddle have done very well.. But Australia end of in losing the series.. What do you say friends?
8 Sep 09
Australia experienced players had let them down more than any other player. Players like Ponting, Michael Clarke, Brett Lee, Hussey, Katich,etc did not play consistently in the whole series and that is why they have to face the series loss. First Two tests should have won by Australia but they did not able to remove tail end batsmen of England team. Panesar is not known for his batting but still Australian bowlers were not able to remove him. Killing instinct is very much missing in the Australian team and Ponting captaincy too not very special as well. You are right that Australia should have won the series with a margin of 3-2 but instead it turn out to be 2-1. England did use their resources and players very well and did better job by winning the series..
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21 Sep 09
May be a change in captaincy will be a welcome change for the Australian team. But I do not think Australian selectors will be interested in changing captaincy. Ponting will be playing the next Ashes in his home country, so, he will be carrying more pressure but if the England team plays with this same set players in coming Ashes next year then they will surely lose the Ashes..
1 Sep 09
I think you're right about their best players failing to perform as well as they might have. But it was always going to be difficult for any team to recover from the loss of such greats as Warne, McGrath and Gilcrist. Then they lost Brett Lee to injury, and that made things even more difficult for them. The fact is they are now just an average side - which explains why they are now only ranked fourth in the world.
26 Aug 09
I think the problem with Australia with this ashes is the inexperienced players and the lack of a genuine spinner.They should have played hauritz in the last test.See its swann that took 9 australian wickets in the final test.And the runouts of ponting and clarke cost them the last test and before Ashes started critics told that australia doesn't have enough bowling attack to take 20 wickets in a test and that is what happened in the first test.They failed to take the final 11th wicket where panesar is a very inexperienced batsmen and any experienced bowler would get him within an over As far as i see Australia really misses Mcgrath,Gillespie,Warne,Hayden and Symonds
8 Sep 09
My dear friend inexperienced players have played better than the experienced players in my view. Siddle was outstanding and Marcus North played superb knocks with bat. I agree with you that Australia were clearly missing a spinner, they did not use reserve spinners who are in the squad may be Ponting is not having faith on them.. But Spin did not play more important part in the whole series in my view..
25 Aug 09
Did Nathan Bracken play? I know Lee was injured for the test matches, so bit harsh saying he under performed, also Ponting and Clarke scored heavily. Australia weren't as good as they were, and England dug in well, especially at Glamorgan, if Anderson and Panesar hadn't last that last hour then the Ashes would be going back to Australia.
25 Aug 09
Yeah Nathan Bracken was ignored very badly by Aussies management. I even feel that there is some differences between Ponting and clarke. It is time for Ponting to give up captaincy and concentrate hard on his batting. I agree that Anderson had batted very well in the whole series and his bowling was not that great.. Panesar and Anderson partnership had ruined the Australian team chances. Australia should have won the first 2 test matches.. But somehow England escaped.. :(