Australia were probably down to their third-string attack in the third Test. We’re not sure how deep ‘bench strength’ needs to be these days, but they might want to stay shallower next time they play.
This bowling attack was Australia’s choice, but Mitchell Johnson is basically a bowling machine set to ‘wide long-hop’ and he was probably the best of the bunch. Mitchell Starc went hours in the second innings without bowling a ball at the stumps and we don’t even know what John Hastings is.
We assumed Hastings was one of those all-rounders who does the donkey work and keeps it tight – the kind of player New Zealand always seem to produce – but it turns out he’s not much of a batsman and he went for plenty of runs, so we’re still pretty much in the dark.
Someone said Australia had loads of fantastic young fast bowlers
Someone’s confused ‘promising’ with ‘fantastic’. Australia have a bunch of young quicks who are being talked up by various pundits at the minute, but sometimes the general volume of talk remains the same whether there’s something to talk about or not.
Few of these bowlers have really been tested and most can’t bowl for more than half-an-hour without fracturing a hip or contracting jaundice or something. They’re inexperienced too. They’re good bowlers, but you can’t just pick four of them and then expect to have a Test bowling attack.
What about South Africa?
They were pretty immense really. Australia threw everything at them in the second Test and they just took it. They then returned the favour in the third Test and Australia promptly crumpled like a wet paper Superman when subjected to a kryptonite barrage.