How does a team maintain greatness ?
and should this even be expected ? As West Indian ived watch people (many aussies too) just laugh at the difficulty of our players to do well. In fact the last time West Indies went to AUS we were laughed at after the first test. Thankfully kemar roach came back and assaulted ricky ponting, Gayle stood up etc in the remaining matches. But the Aussie press was mean, so mean Tony Cozier wrote they should remember when West Indian players use to fill seats and attracted many people to watch the game.
The recent AUS decline is interesting and it's happening faster than WI hit rock bottom and was in Chaos. After the 15 years of not losing and being number one we had a few good players in the team and remained competitive until SA beat us 5-0 (and we did not began losing home series like AUS is doing now). It is clear greatness is not easy to follow and domination for two-three generation of cricketers is not easy to maintain. I think it's funny how people in general laughed at WI "no more shaking of coconut tree to get a fast bowler" etc even tho there is no model to maintain domination and AUS is proving this again. It is probably fair to expect AUS to decline even more, I wouldn't be surprise if by the end of this tour there isn't talk of getting a new captain and thats how the turmoil begins.
And this talk of WI players not caring, not earning enough etc..all these bull**** theories are looking real weak now. Track and Field, Soccer etc taking away the good players.. all looking shaky as another great team is taking a deep slide that doesn't have all the same problems as WI. And with the recent disciplinary actions suggest Otis Gibson may have showed up in AUS way quicker than he took to get to WI. AUs better not make the same mistakes as WI, dropping star players, dropping the best team over board issues etc. What if Clarke retires like hussey or Lara ? Look how easy it would be for a darren sammy to be in charge and look how quickly all the great AUs players will be crying like great WI players have been doing for years. I can honestly imagine shane warne having a public protest lol :laugh: But where is the model ?