Watson/Symonds. Husseys form. McGain.
I dont rate Johnson as anything other than a holding bowler, his bowling is nothing special and only average right handed players will continue to get out to a one dimensional bowler with very little in his armoury.
Clark and B.Lee are 33 and 32 respectively, and Lee has already been showing signs of decline while Clark can barely make it through a series without being injured. Test cricket has always been about which team can take 20 wickets the fastest and the bottom line is that Id trust almost any other bowling attack (England, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and even New Zealand) in the world to do it faster than Australia.
The batting is in a slightly more healthy situation, however Jaques is yet unproven and Symonds/Watto are yet to show us that they are anything above mediocre. This along with the fact that their top 3 batsmen are 34, 33/34 and 33(Ponting, Hussey and Katich) shows that there is very little to look forward to in the future.
Its absolutely laughable that a team that recently got completely dominated to the point of being a laughing stock in India (with essentially a fully fit side) is considered to be on a higher pedestal than England (who were competitive for 9 out of 10 days of the series) or on the same keel as SA (who havent lost a series in over 2.5 years).
Australia were far and away the better team in the first test, just couldn't finish India off on the final day- lack of a spinner perhaps? Poor selectorial decision to pick White? McGain's injury? A lot of things could have made a difference for them.
The big turning point came just after that test when Anil Kumble got injured. India had replaced a shocking captain with a top-class one, and a severely pitch-dependent spinner with an excellent one for all conditions. That was the only test India truly dominated- Mishra in particular broke the domination of bat over ball for two sessions in the first innings and it turned the series around. India performed at their absolute peak in that match. Very, very rarely have i seen an entire team perform so well at the same time.
The third test was played on the flattest of flat pitches. India could point to a few dropped catches, but in truth it was always going to be a draw. The game barely even reached a fourth innings.
The fourth test was a pretty good contest. Australia lost largely because Ponting was more concerned about over rates than winning matches and they were forced to chase hard on the final day. I doubt they'd have lost if it weren't for the fact that Dhoni was so content to play for the draw.
That's not to take anything away from India, they were excellent and fully deserved their victory. You just said they dominated Australia to the point that they became a laughing stock. That's not true. Long, detailed responses to trollish remarks are the type of thing i end up doing when i know i have an exam the following day .
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Not sure how you can underestimate an average spinner. India were right to attack Krezja the fact they gifted him so many wickets just showed a lack of discipline in the team as opposed to fantastic bowling by Kreyfish. Not sure if Krezja could get into any team in the world besides maybe West Indies.
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