Possible explanation for the Australians poor performance

Possible explanation for the Australians poor performance

Post by simon Lew » Mon, 09 Jun 1997 04:00:00


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!

 
 
 

Possible explanation for the Australians poor performance

Post by Joshua Saunder » Wed, 11 Jun 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>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.

No explanations, Simon. England played better.

Quote:
>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.

What the hey? How old is Trevor Hohns anyway?

Quote:
>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.

And wouldn't you know it? Australia's team is being picked by the touring
selectors, two of whom play real cricket. The third selector is recently
retired.

Quote:
>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.

Sheesh, the wives and girlfriends are coming (umm no I won't rephrase
that) after Test 2. It's not well publicised, but in most ways this
England tour is the friendliest and easiest for the players to make.

Quote:
>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..

Seven ODIs. Guaranteed to stuff your psyche for years after. Umm, what was
your point?

Quote:
>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.

Possible. No more exhausted than any England player, who plays slightly
more often, being presumably in his county's first XI, whilst the Aus
squad numbers 17.

Quote:
>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 ODI's showed jack, except that Aus is a highly flawed ODI team.

Quote:
>THE ASHES ARE COMING HOME!

They're at home. They've been there for 8 years.

Josh