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    When the West Indies dominated it was just because so many great players happened to come along at the same time. When Australia dominated it was because they put a structure in place in an attempt to ensure that they didn't plummet to the depth of the mid 80's again. In both cases the supply of great players dried up, which goes to prove how difficult it is to maintain the highest standards.

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    By having at least ten players in the set up at any given time over a period of five years or more, all ranging from good to great. Totally random numbers, but I'm sure the Windies and Aussie teams would measure up favourably.

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    If we go back to the eighties, we could be comparable to one batsman standing alone amongst a revolving door of contemporaries. The nadir between 1985-87, characterised by losing at home to England and New Zealand, took two years of transition before Taylor, Marsh, Jones, reborn Waugh and Border all fired at once on the 1989 Ashes tour.

    I think it's reasonable to expect our team to gradually improve once they get a more eclectic experience of international conditions over a two-year period or so. It's not like any of the top order lack raw talent (even Cowan in his mental application); what they need is the security of the knowledge that one bad performance means you're not impulsively rotated out and demoted to the bottom of the pecking order.

    And if a freakish Shield performer comes knocking down Invers' door in the meantime, so much the better.

    We will contest these Ashes, probably on the depth of our fast men (which one will note was a severe problem in 2009). But everyone's slowly getting better. Take comfort in that. Look at Hughes FFS, who managed to correct a horrific technical problem in two Tests that many greats took a lifetime and good form to erase that criticism of their own records.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    If we go back to the eighties, we could be comparable to one batsman standing alone amongst a revolving door of contemporaries. The nadir between 1985-87, characterised by losing at home to England and New Zealand, took two years of transition before Taylor, Marsh, Jones, reborn Waugh and Border all fired at once on the 1989 Ashes tour.

    I think it's reasonable to expect our team to gradually improve once they get a more eclectic experience of international conditions over a two-year period or so. It's not like any of the top order lack raw talent (even Cowan in his mental application); what they need is the security of the knowledge that one bad performance means you're not impulsively rotated out and demoted to the bottom of the pecking order.

    And if a freakish Shield performer comes knocking down Invers' door in the meantime, so much the better.

    We will contest these Ashes, probably on the depth of our fast men (which one will note was a severe problem in 2009). But everyone's slowly getting better. Take comfort in that. Look at Hughes FFS, who managed to correct a horrific technical problem in two Tests that many greats took a lifetime and good form to erase that criticism of their own records.
    Ian Chappell does not believe Cowan should be playing national cricket lolol

    Every single interview he has given about AUS in the past few months he has something along the lines of "well cowan him.. I don't know what he's doing in the team..I don't think he stands a chance" it's funny seeing Chappell target someone so badly..


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