Revenge Is Sweet For Australia
England Tasting Unforgettable Beating
By Orin Davidson
Unless you are enduring Columbus syndrome which don’t differentiate
between ignorance and discovery , Australia’s domination over
England in the current Ashes series should be no surprise.
The results so far seem more like a countdown to glory for Australia
with the series reading - two down three more to go.
And from the early going at Perth, it would soon be three down two
At this rate, England face the prospect of suffering the first five-Test
whitewash in Ashes history.
Australia has been domineering every step of the way.
Anytime England summoned enough pluck to produce a good session
or an outstanding day Australia have matched them run for run, wicket
It must be dawning now on Englishmen and other cricket followers
the full extent of the Aussies hurt after losing the Ashes last
Not only intent on regaining the famous urn, Australia are about
to hand England their worst beating in modern times.
From the time they hit Down Under after the Ashes last August, Australia
seemed primed to unleash the whip.
The warnings were clear when they thumped the World XI, of all teams
which comprised the world’s best players outside of those
from the opposing country, in that solitary Test of the Super Series
in October. The three-game limited overs clash was a similar one-sided
They went to Bangladesh and summarily dismissed the minnows there
2-0 and then landed in South Africa to hand a humiliating 3-0 whitewash
to the hosts.
In the return series South Africa did a little better to avoid a
six-game sweep, by holding on to a draw in the Adelaide Test while
being swept aside 0-2. Australia then made it three whitewashes
for the season when they whacked the erratic West Indies 3-0 to
complete their message of intent to England
Even if the defending Ashes holders got the message, they seemed
helpless to avoid being rolled over in the first two Tests in Brisbane
It is now no letting up at Perth as they find themselves under the
gun, where the question now is how soon Australia will win, rather
than who will win the five-match series.
The difference now compared to July/August 2005 is England as yet
does not have the same team which clinched the Ashes narrowly 2-1
while Australia has maintained full strength.
It is significant the Aussies best fast bowler, Glen McGrath who
significantly did not play in both Tests England won in 2005, is
back to full fitness for all three so far. Whereas England are without
three of their key men and seem unlikely to have them back in a
Simon Jones who mesmerized the Aussie batsmen with his brand of
reverse swing has not completed one single Test in the 18-odd months
since then because of a problematic knee.
To add insult to injury their captain and lead batsman Michael Vaughn
also seems condemned to a premature career end because of another
Then there is the mental stress problem that has sidelined star
opening batsman Marcus Trescothick for yet another tour.
It may sum up why England has not won a Test series ever since,
except beating minnows Bangladesh.
When you add the other influences like home advantage, England are
now at a decisive disadvantage. The fact is they never play as well
on the road as they are at home.
Their selection policies on tour are not helping as after Brisbane,
Adelaide and now Perth, manager Duncan Fletcher and company must
be kicking themselves for omitting Monty Panesar for Tests One and
Now that he has become the first English spinner ever to bag a five-wicket
haul at Perth, he has made them look more inept than the team on
Especially so after Panesar bagged his haul in his very first Test
ever in Australia after taking the highest number of wickets in
England’s last two series.
With him resting on the bench after England failed to dismiss Australia
in both innings at Brisbane, they will regret omitting him from
now until the next Ashes series.
When it was felt England had gained the upper hand following their
500-run plus score in the Adelaide first innings, Australia countered
right back by also posting their 25-score total.
But that’s where the similarities ended.
After England went on to lie down to be rolled over by Shane Warne
in that dramatic last day collapse, Australia performed the opposite,
by rattling off the 160-odd run target in limited time for the loss
of only three wickets afterwards
Again when England thought they grabbed an advantage by dismissing
Australia for a relatively modest 244 at Perth, especially after
the Aussies Adelaide scoring spree, the former team flattered to
deceive by falling for 29 runs less.
It is just plainly obvious Australia has far more depth in firepower
than their old rivals.
Australia might have lost Damien Martyn through his shock retirement
after Adelaide, but it hardly dented their strength, such is their
On the contrary, England is struggling to replace Vaughn and Trescothick.
And while it is fair to conclude they have an adequate replacement
for Jones in Panesar, they blundered in the dressing room by playing
him too late.
All the while they are making the home team’s job easier which
includes giving longstanding coach John Buchanan a splendid farewell
in his final Ashes series.
After McGrath boasted, he has never played in a losing Australia
Ashes team, he clearly is in no danger of having to eat his words
this time around.
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