Australians aren’t always particularly polite about the standard of the opposition. In a way, this is okay, because they’re equally happy to wheel out brutal opinions about their own team when they don’t do well.
On the other hand, it does mean that the rest of us can portray dismissive comments about the opposition as being extraordinarily hubristic. Take this comment from former fast bowler, Rodney Hogg, for example.
Sri Lanka have the worst new ball attack that has landed on our shores ever.
— Rodney Hogg (@RMHogg) December 11, 2012
And then scrutinise this scorecard.
That would make Australia’s one-day top order what, exactly?