Okay..let's face it..a team like Australia doesn't go from being the
best to being slaughtered in four days for no reason.
What has obviously affected them is the same sort of malaise that has
affected England for years..here in England we had the game run by a
bunch of old farts who had no idea of what the modern game demanded.
Now the selectors are Gooch, Gatting and Graveney. Two of them still
play so they know what is going on and the third only retired a few
years ago and is chairman of the players association.
Also, England were used to having no time to acclimatise to places and
that showed in Zimbabwe and in Zimbabwe wives and girlfriends were
banned, which around Xmas does not help team spirit.
Before last year's poorly organised World Cup England were sent on a
trying tour of SOuth Africa including seven (no less) ODI's..an insane
idea if ever i heard one..
Australia have played series against S Africa, Sri Lanka, WI's and
also taken part in some meaningless game In Hong Kong on the way over
here..they have not had much cricket here due to the weather and I
would suggest they are exhausted.
And the final reason..they thought they were gonna have it
easy..surely the 3 ODI's showed that to a false hope..Roll on Lords...
THE ASHES ARE COMING HOME!