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Monday, June 20, 2005

Beginning of the end for Australia ?

Oh boy ! - what a weekend this has been for Australia. On Saturday, they lost their match against Bangladesh and on Sunday, they lost a match which they should have won against England. Ever since they landed in England, they have been struggling to find the form that has made them such a formidable side. Losing to Bangladesh must be something that the Aussies might have never dreamt - in fact, it has been labelled as the greatest cricket upset ever.

Does this mean that we are entering a new era in World Cricket ? - an era, which is marking the beginning the end of the Australian domination. Much as I would like that to happen (so that other teams have a chance to compete), I don't think that that would be the case.
  • Firstly, the Australians have been out of cricket for more than 2 months. Both Bangladesh and England have been cricket in the meantime. It doesn't matter how good and professional you are, it does take a while to get warmed up. But yes, the Australians being the most professional of all teams, normally do not take such a long time to get charged up.

  • Secondly, there were some key players missing - Andrew Symonds on disciplinary grounds and Bret Lee on fitness grounds. Both these players have contributed to the success of this Australian side immenself in recent years and so, Australia must desperately be wanting their stars to be back.

  • In the last match against England, I thought that they played well enough. Though it was not a great performance, but nevertheless, it was a vastly improved performance. The only reason that they lost was that they were hit by 1 man - Keven Peterson. It was an absolutely stunning innings. No matter how good you are, you have to salute such an innings.
So, my point here is that it is too early to say that Australia's stranglehold will decline. It remains to be seen how well they fare in the rest of their matches. It is going to be an interesting series indeed.

-- Thyaga

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