We used the term ‘echo chamber’ in reference to the UK cricket media the other day. That was in response to Joe Root worship, but it applies just as much to the way the Australia team is assessed.
Half the experts out there are simply rehashing the last thing they heard and a kind of woolly consensus is formed which isn’t necessarily all that well thought-out. There are certainly writers and pundits who have something valuable to contribute, but even they have busy days where they can’t help but take the occasional shortcut to an opinion.
It’s not their fault; it’s just the nature of the Ashes. The same people have to fill more column inches and greater airtime and for supporters like us, the wheat-chaff ratio becomes more challenging.
Partly as a result of this, we don’t feel like we’ve formed an accurate view of this Australia squad, so we’re going to stop and think about it over the next few days. We hope you enjoy the results of this, but remember kids: our views will be precisely as worthless as everyone else’s.