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    The side's biggest weakness was their bowling. It was not a very penetrative attack. Had that been so, the batting would not have appeared as bad as it does from this far in time.

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    Australia was totally inexperienced and weak pre 1987. If a test team from that poor period in Aussie cricket is taken up, a lot of players can be seen who would struggle to make the Australian team post 1993.

    The fact that India, a team which almost always couldnt bat for toffies abroad, drew a lot of the matches in a series they toured, outscoring Australia in some first innings, ss reminicent of the good Indian batting but also of the weak Australian bowling.

    The Aussie selectors are to be credited to brin in guys like S.Waugh who were very raw and back them which ultimately led to the team delivering the goods in 87 and finally the Australian team rejuvenation in 1989. And in 6 years they were the best test team in the world.

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    Yeah. Atleast the 80s Windies team had some good teams pushing them. That is why it is so sad that none of the teams today can push these Aussies. They are the best and they deserve to be the best, but it would be better if they get some serious competition, more consistently. I think, we, the fans, deserve that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    Yeah. Atleast the 80s Windies team had some good teams pushing them. That is why it is so sad that none of the teams today can push these Aussies. They are the best and they deserve to be the best, but it would be better if they get some serious competition, more consistently. I think, we, the fans, deserve that.
    I don't know... let's remember that in 2004 Australia were beaten once (albeit not exactly a thrashing) and had two draws. They also trailed on the first innings in all three tests against Sri Lanka. It's not as if they win every single match by an innings.


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    Not that bad?

    Allan Border in the 1986/7 season had 70-odd Tests to his name. The rest of the team had about 20 between them.

    We lost to England at home, for heaven's sake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy
    Not that bad?

    Allan Border in the 1986/7 season had 70-odd Tests to his name. The rest of the team had about 20 between them.

    We lost to England at home, for heaven's sake.
    Halcyon days!

    I was 11/12 when the series was on (my bday is in Dec) & us winning down there at the time didn't seem that great an achievement. The touring side was touted as the "worst ever to leave these shores"! The Windies & Pakistan were very much the teams to beat back then.

    Of course since then it looks a magnificent effort in light of the Oz dominance since...
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