We’ve just read that Australia’s ‘in-your-face approach’ underpinned their first Test win. It’s the kind of thing you hear a lot. Ex-players often plead for the team to be more combative. They say that Australia play their best cricket when they’re aggressive.
But is it that they play better when they’re aggressive, or is it just that they tend to get a bit gobbier when they’re winning?
One’s a cause; the other’s a symptom; and each says something rather different about the players who become more vocal.
As Mitchell Johnson said about the first Test:
“It was pretty quiet the whole match until sort of closer to the end.”
When you’d basically already won, you mean?