तो पुन्हा ती वेळ आहे - रात्री लांब आहेत, हवा थंड आहे, पण लवकरच रेडिओ जीवन मध्ये आग आणि आमच्या कान ऑस्ट्रेलियन उन्हाळ्यात नाद आणीन. इंग्लंड विजय मागील व्हाईटवॉश परत येतील (ते केले म्हणून 2010-11, किंवा ऑस्ट्रेलिया एक पूर्ण होईल 3व्या मध्ये चुना 4 मालिका. मी एक सकाळी जुगार तो एक अनिर्णित होणार नाही!
I think this is the hardest to predict Ashes series this millennium — both sides have a decent number of quality bowlers, आणि समान रीतीने शेअर 4 of the best batsmen in the game. Both sides also have a recent history of middle order collapse, and a selection of match results that vary from brilliant to truly pathetic. It seems like it might be a case of “who cracks first”.
If England get on top, ते केले म्हणून 2010, the Aussie crowds and press will get at the green-team with a vigour only normally seen in the British press when the footballers fail to materialise. तितकेच, if Australia get on top then England have a tendency to totally implode as they did in the 2 visits down under either side of their 2010 victory.
Overall the odds must be in the Australian’s favour, something the bookies agree with. They have home-soil advantage and will no doubt prepare pitches that offer pace and seam with as little swing as possible. Fair play to them — I’ve no doubt England will prepare swinging pitches in return the next time our Aussie friends are over here. बेन स्टोक्स प्रकरण (1) has also damaged England’s preparations, and there are some injury problems which could prove significant too.
I think the margins between the teams are quite small, and things beyond human control (उदा. नाणेफेक, the weather) could prove crucial. मी देखील ते तेथे राहतील एक उत्तम संधी आहे एक संघ वर नाही एकदा की वाटते. The difference between a 3–1 victory as in 2010, and a 5–0 defeat, could actually be quite small. If England come away with a draw, ते ऍशेस टिकून राहतील. This will rightly be regarded as pretty much as good as victory and England will rightly get all the plaudits. Planning for victory shouldn’t be the hardest job in the world, so instead — how about we think beforehand about what might happen in the event of defeat.
Let’s imagine the Aussies get a bit of run of the ball, आणि तो योग्य वापर करा, and England sink to defeat in the first couple of test matches. Realistically it is unlikely that they could come back from 2–0 down, so the remaining matches wouldn’t really tell us a great deal new. Is there a difference between leaving having lost by 3 किंवा 4 संघ अखंड सह, and leaving having lost 5–0 with the captain in doubt, a leading bowler gone, आणि 2 of the best batsman gone. I ask because that is what happened in 2013–14, when questions were left hanging over Captain Cook, Jonathan Trott quit international cricket, केवीन टाकल्यानंतर, आणि ग्रॅमी स्वान चेंडू दौरा राजीनामा. In other words massive mismanagement had managed to snatch a much greater defeat from the jaws of a brief embarrassment. Just imagine the current England team but with KP, Trott and Swann still available for selection — a world number 1 बाजूला खात्रीने?
Instead we have a younger less experienced team, but with plenty of quality and plenty of potential. It is essential to the future of the team that such massive failures of management are not repeated on this tour. There is no dominant country in test cricket at present, with Australia, इंग्लंड, भारत, Pakistan and South Africa all capable of being dominant and ruthless, and also all capable of being very poor too. There is nothing to separate these 5 बाजू. All of them would be favourites in home conditions to beat all of the others. This is particularly so in England’s case, सह 2 of the best swing bowlers in the history of the game able to win home matches with regularity, even when the batsmen are struggling.
त्यामुळे, let’s hope the England management have learned from previous mistakes, आणि पराभव झाल्यास, find ways to keep the team together, lift the great talent we have, and bring the England team home ready to continue building towards the future. If they can’t do that, नक्की काय ते संघ का काय?
(1) A footnote on the Ben Stokes affair. This is a worrying sign that England management haven’t learned from the past. Ask yourself this — if it was the other way around and a key Aussie player had assaulted someone in a bar would the Aussies have dropped that player? Or would they have downplayed it, picked the guy anyway, and even gone on to make him vice captain? आपण उत्तर काही शंका असेल तर, फक्त जो रूट विचारू! It seems to me that England management are first and foremost interested in avoiding catching any flack from the media, rather than acting in the right way. Successful management publicly supports their player. What is said in private is no doubt very different. There isn’t even any sign of management taking a grain of responsibility, despite repeated failures to manage players effectively, be it with mental health (ट्रेस्कोथिक, ट्रॉट), team relations (स्वानला, केवीन), or responsible behaviour (Flintoff in pedalo-gate, Root getting punched in walkabout, players urinating on the pitch, आणि आता खरडपट्टी काढणे बाहेर स्टोक्स).
आपल्या स्वत: च्या मनात काही विचार आला? खाली टिप्पणी करून स्वत: ला लाड! आपण सदस्यता करू इच्छित असल्यास कृपया वरच्या उजव्या मेनूवर सदस्यता दुवा वापरा. आपण खालील सामाजिक दुवे वापरून आपल्या मित्रांसह शेअर करू शकता. आणि आपण ते करतोय.