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Aussies 'lowest of the lows'

2011-12-13 12:38

Sydney - Australia's cricketers were on Tuesday damned by the press as the "lowest of the low" after a disastrous loss to New Zealand and branded a team in crisis ahead of a Test series against world number two India.

Michael Clarke's men handed the Black Caps their first victory on Australian soil in 26 years after a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings in Hobart, described as arguably their most embarrassing defeat in Test history.

"Lowest of the Low," read the headline in Sydney's Daily Telegraph over a photo of a crestfallen Australian number 11 Nathan Lyon, while the Sydney Morning Herald remarked on the once dominant team's loss of form.

"Once the kings of world cricket, Australia are no longer capable of putting away eighth-ranked New Zealand," the Herald said.

Commentators rubbished Australia's batsmen, who gave away a solid lead going into the fourth day to succumb to New Zealand with Clarke and Michael Hussey both out for nought and Ricky Ponting making just 16.

"It's sad and getting silly," Robert Craddock wrote in the Telegraph.

"If new chairperson of selectors John Inverarity is not brave enough to end Ricky Ponting's Test career, he should stand down himself."

Others called for opener Phil Hughes, who made just 24 runs over two innings, to be dropped.

"His sacking is so obvious it will barely be discussed by the (selection) panel when they meet early next week and he will not be recalled under any circumstances against India," said Craddock.

All commentators criticised the inability of the batting line-up to finish off the Kiwis, after Australia failed to reach a 241 target despite at one point only requiring 82 runs to win the match with eight wickets in hand.

Test debutant David Warner almost took his side to victory with an unbeaten 123, but he could not stem the rapid fall of wickets, including those of Ponting, Clarke and Hussey who were all removed within 15 balls.

"The top order again failed against the swinging delivery, a fact that will be noted by India as it prepares for the four-Test post-Christmas series," wrote Peter Lalor in The Australian.

Lalor added that Australia's recent score of just 47 in Cape Town and the historic loss to New Zealand proved "this inconsistent team had new depths to plumb".

"Australia will head into the marquee series of the Test summer with a misfiring batting line-up vulnerable to costly and spectacular collapses if yesterday's humiliating defeat to New Zealand has not sharpened John Inverarity's axe," concluded the Herald.

AFP

Comments
  • david.sportsman - 2011-12-13 14:12

    The problem is that in any sport, you have to be prepared for that time when your team is going to struggle, because they lost past great players to retirement, etc...When you are not prepared for that, then the press and supporters often over-criticize. The Australian cricket team will never stay out of it for too long, but their supporters and press are not patient enough and they are not used to them losing the occasional test as well...!! We do the same in SA with out rugby and cricket teams, unfortunately...

  • Barry - 2011-12-13 14:19

    The results of matches are decided in by the bookies. Who cares what the results are. I see Shane Warne is mentioned here as a great brilliant player. Lets us not forget he was caught being "on the take" from bookies. I am sure everyone, including the Aussie and NZ players, benefited financially from the result in this reported test.

      Heiku - 2011-12-13 16:12

      While I don't agree with you, I admire your cynicism.

      goldwright - 2011-12-14 05:17

      Whatever you say about Shane Warne he is the second highest wicket taker in ALL forms of bowling. That alone makes him great. That he was caught by being on the take from bookies, - unfortunate, but you don't take wickets like that easily or just because you are on the take.

  • George - 2011-12-13 15:31

    oh...and so the wheel turns.............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Robs - 2011-12-13 17:55

    Don't worry. SA spectators are trying to get rid of G. Smith for a long time now without any success. He doesn't even make 24 over 2 innings in some matches.

  • jon.allcock - 2011-12-14 01:28

    What I find shocking is the fact that Michael Clark did not say a single word about the Black Caps in his speech at the conclusion of the game. He did not say "Well done" or any other congratulatory comment. He congratulated Warner (as he should have done) and Lyons! Lyons lost them the match! And he said not a word about the brilliant efforts of Bracewell. As captain of the Aussie team, he should have some social skills but that is hard to obtain when you have your head up your rear end. Shame on you Clark!

      Peter - 2011-12-14 14:29

      Get your head out of your own arse, you really have selected hearing, or you do not understand english or were you pissed or asleep, dumb arse////

      Beth - 2011-12-15 10:50

      @ Peter - this is the second forum where you've shown just what type of person you are. Jon's statements are based on fact and he even though he ends of his comment by using the term "rear end", he has expressed his opinion, again based on fact, in a succinct manner. You however have had to use foul language and be insulting - who do you think if the "da" now?

  • Tony - 2011-12-14 01:29

    Pup and Punter push off...pathetic pair of ego maniacs

  • Tony - 2011-12-14 01:30

    Hi kipling

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