Are Australia the worst team in the world?

You’d be forgiven for thinking so with some of the things you read. The fact is Australia are still a feisty outfit and England in particular shouldn’t be fancying their chances against them too much. Australia may have slid a bit, but they’ll never implode. It’s not the Aussie way.

Openers

Phil 'your boots' JacquesEngland will not be bowling at Matthew Hayden in the next Ashes series. They shouldn’t be grateful. They should be wary. Hayden’s been a walking wicket of late and had a pretty dire Ashes in 2005.

In contrast, Simon Katich has averaged 56 since returning to the side as an opener, hitting four hundreds in 12 matches. The man most likely to replace Hayden, Phil Jaques, will actually strengthen Australia’s batting. He averages 47 in Tests and, unlike Hayden, is on an upward curve.

England supporters might want to note the name Phil Hughes at this stage as well. 20 years old and with the priceless ability to score runs when no-one else can. You might as well save time and start hating him now.

Middle order

Whatever form they’re in, most international sides would trade all their laptops in for a three-four-five combination of Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey and Michael Clarke.

It’s hard to guess Australia’s number six. You wouldn’t want to rely on either Andrew Symonds or Shane Watson turning up on any given day. If they go with a specialist batsman, they’ve a zillion to choose from.

Wicketkeeper

He’s not Adam Gilchrist, but when did that become a crime? Brad Haddin is up there with the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in Test cricket already. Honestly, have a think about it. Who’s better? Dhoni? Sangakkara isn’t Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper any more, you know.

Fast bowlers

Shite in India, handy elsewhereBowling averages over the last two years: Brett Lee – 25.82, Mitchell Johnson – 27.85, Stuart Clark – 27.52. It isn’t the best bowling attack that Australia have had, but it seems worse than it really is when you compare it to previous incarnations.

The attack seemed weak when Australia toured India last year as well, but none of those three bowlers had previously played at Test in India and India is traditionally branded ‘unforgiving’ for fast bowlers.

Johnson and Lee can both bat better than you think they can, as well.

Spin bowling

We’re saying they’re not the worst team in the world. Even in cricket it’s not always possible to ‘take the positives’.

They also have a secret weapon – Pat Farhart.

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6 Appeals

  1. They may not be the worst side in the world, but their captain is definitely amongst the least proactive.
    Their selectors thrive on idiocy and their board presidents supports their stupidity.

  2. Yes, in a “are we hated worldwide for being a big bunch of disease ridden knobs”.

  3. No matter how bad the Aussies might seem right now, no matter how much in disarray, they’ll still turn up and give KP and Co. a sound thrashing.

    I really hope I’m wrong. And that I manage to score some tickets in the Headingley lottery so that I can eat those words in person.

  4. from langer’s sightscreen to walking wicket it’s been a 546736% journey by god’s grace for our favourite log, today’s 39 was resolute, clinical, flawless and oh so out

  5. I’ve managed to pick up a groin strain sitting at my desk writing over Christmas. I wonder when Pat Farhart is due in the UK and whether he is available for hire. But I digress.

  6. well,i dont think australia is the worst side ever.i think it was beaten by two good sides.south africa and india are playing the best cricket at the moment.and i also wonder,whats the fuss about the ashes?two ordinary teams playing against each other.i think australia should look foward to playing teams like south africa and india,cause they are the best.

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