Team Australia – Golden Era Over?
Team Australia. Once the bullies of the cricketing world, home to legends like Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Micheal Hussey. Three-time World Cup winners, and arguably the best team of their time. In fact, such was their dominance that playing Australia at home is still referred to as playing “Down Under” because you are literally “Down Under the Heat” when you play there. Even though a most of their legends were gone, they still made South Africa – the number one Test team in the world – really sweat when they toured the Ozzies in the dying months 2012. Even though the visitors eventually edged through to clinch the 3-match series 1-0, the amount of effort it took showed how much it takes to beat the Ozzies. However, this was merely a step towards Australia’s sudden downfall. Despite being stripped of their title of World Champions by India, the 5-0 Whitewash win against the latter, and the tri-series win against India and Sri Lanka helped the Ozzies cover up for the World Cup failure. Nothing wrong here. The true fall began in March, 2013. The Ozzies were coming off a 3-0 win against Sri Lanka, despite not having Ricky Ponting at the time. However, now Micheal Hussey too was gone, and their test side was slightly weaker. They walked right into the wide-opened arms of the Indian side, who re-payed some debts by taking the series 5-0 as the visitors watched helplessly. Only Micheal Clarke and James Pattinson put up some sort of a fight, but it was too little. The next drop came when the Ozzies were stripped of their title of Champions Trophy Champions (true champions huh?) as they exited the tournament without a single league match victory – by India (again). Things didn’t get better by David Warner punching Joe Root. After all this came the Ashes. Although their bowling put up a reasonable fight, the batting failed miserably, as England have treated themselves to a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series. Even Micheal Clarke – who had proven to be their saving grace in Test cricket – failed to get the runs. Couple that with poor use of the DRS, and we got some performances so comically poor, that even Cricket Germany couldn’t resist having a little go at them:
It’s really a shame to see this being the standard of the team that once won three consecutive World Cups, and beat England in England to start the concept of “The Ashes”. Is it the end of the road for the Ozzies? Has the “Golden Era” for the men from Down Under ended? Whatever it is, it is high time for the Australian side to pull up their socks, and get back up to face the heat.