0ऑस्ट्रेलिया दक्षिण आफ्रिकेने युद्धात स्टीम

Englandशेस मालिकेच्या शेवटच्या मालिकेत इंग्लंडने ऑस्ट्रेलियाकडे धाव घेतली, अनेक, पाच सामन्यांच्या मालिकेत अभ्यागत कलश टिकवून ठेवतील असा विचार केला. It was always going to a tough­er battle than the sum­mer show­down but vic­tory was expected.

इंग्लंडचा खेळाडू इंग्लंड अगदी बळकट होता, ते नव्हते? वेळी, मधल्या फळीतील वादक मायकल क्लार्कचा अपवाद वगळता, दोन्ही बाजूंच्या एकत्रित इलेव्हनवर तीन शेरांचे वर्चस्व राहिले असते. कर्णधार क्लार्क व्यतिरिक्त जो एकत्रित बाजू बनवित असत? मायकेल कार्बेरीसाठी कदाचित डेव्हिड वॉर्नर? ख्रिस ट्रेमलेट किंवा टिम ब्रेस्नन या दोघांमध्ये फिट रायन हॅरिस? नक्कीच माजी, कदाचित नंतरचे. शेन वॉटसनसाठी जागा? शक्य तितक्या लवकर - पण जो जागा घेईल? तो चेहरा, मात्र, Eng­land cer­tainly appeared the stronger outfit.

Fast for­ward a few weeks and the view from the bound­ary is some­what dif­fer­ent. Aus­tralia anni­hil­ated and humi­li­ated Eng­land in every dis­cip­line, out­play­ing them in every area and keep­ing their foot on the accel­er­at­or through­out the series and into the one day capers. Now forever con­fined to the his­tory books from that ini­tial start­ing XI thanks to Australia’s dom­in­ance are Kev­in Pietersen (निष्ठूरपणे), prob­ably Jonath­an Trott (due to oth­er factors for which Aus­tralia merely provided the coup de grâce) आणि ग्रॅमी स्वान. Eng­land are not going to replace their 13,000 com­bined runs and Swann’s 250 odd wick­ets overnight and Aus­tralia will no longer have to face any of them when they next lock horns. They didn’t just win an import­ant series they won the psy­cho­lo­gic­al battle as well – Eng­land were left emo­tion­ally scarred and will take time to rebuild and recap­ture past glories.

Even after the thrash­ing of Eng­land, मात्र, I still thought the per­form­ance of the green bag­gied out­fit was a mere flash in the pan. Surely the thrash­ing was simply down to a tired Eng­land side who had only just fin­ished one Ashes series and couldn’t quite motiv­ate them­selves for anoth­er scrap? Com­bine that with a few key play­ers out of form or sorts and you have a mere aber­ra­tion, आपण नाही?

Well the recent events at the Super­S­port Park in Cen­tur­i­on in the first test of South Africa v Aus­tralia would make it seem I have to eat yet anoth­er rather large slice of humble pie. पुन्हा, या सामन्यात आधी, few of the Aus­sie start­ing XI would have made it into a com­bined South Africa / Aus­tralia side. The Pro­teas have been at the top of the world rank­ings for a while now – and with good reas­on – they have class run­ning through the entire spine of the side. Graeme Smith sets the stand­ards for oth­ers at the top of the order – and Hashim Amla and AB de Vil­li­ers fol­low in style. Jacques Kal­lis may have depar­ted but tal­ent still remains. They are backed up by a fero­cious pace bat­tery. So as good a series as the Aus­sie top order (Brad Had­din included) had against Eng­land and as well as the bowl­ers bowled they all lack the con­sist­ency of the greats men­tioned above, ते नाही? Well Aus­tralia have simply picked up from where they left off in dev­ast­at­ing Eng­land. One test in and the great South Afric­an side, top of the world rank­ings, lay in tat­ters. Of course they could yet turn it around – and if they do then massive cred­it to them. But the Aus­sies are in that cock­sure pos­i­tion of old. Their tails are up and their con­fid­ence there for all to see. They have humi­li­ated their prey and ground it to dust.

हे कुठून आले आहे? On paper Aus­tralia lack many world class play­ers – gone are the Warnes, McGraths आणि जगातील Waughs. But that appears not to mat­ter. After a largely quiet few years Aus­tralia, तो दिसेल, are roar­ing back to the top.

They have man­aged to find a team spir­it, unity and bond that appeared some­what lack­ing dur­ing the non­sense that was ‘home­work gate’ and still in short sup­ply dur­ing their Ashes battle in the Eng­lish sum­mer. They play way above the sum of their com­bined parts. If the com­bined aver­ages of Eng­land (ऍशेस सुरू), Aus­tralia and South Africa (या मालिकेतील प्रारंभ) are com­pared then there is little to choose between them. Eng­land aver­age 358, ऑस्ट्रेलिया 374.06 (although this is skewed by debutant Alex Noon­an aver­aging 58 या परीक्षेत पासून. If Shane Wat­son had been play­ing in his place then the com­bined aver­age is 352.39). South Africa’s recent dom­in­ance is shown by a slightly high­er aver­age of 376.39. But in real­ity there is little to sep­ar­ate the three.

This upturn in form seems to have coin­cided with coach Dar­ren Lehmann tak­ing con­trol. He has clearly worked won­ders on the team – his long stint as an adop­ted York­shire­man has clearly done him the power of good. Team eth­ic is the most import­ant part of the setup. The play­ers are per­form­ing to the abso­lute max­im­um of their abil­ity and when it mat­ters. त्यांना चांगले. Ques­tions remain about the age of the side and the young­sters wait­ing in the wings. But you can only beat what is put in front of you and Aus­tralia are most cer­tainly doing that.

Who­ever replaces Andy Flower as Eng­land supremo should look no fur­ther than Lehmann’s example.

हे उपयुक्त सापडले? खाली एक टिप्पणी ड्रॉप करून आम्हाला कळवा कृपया. 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.

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