Originally Posted by Mr.Cricket
Another awful batting display.
This must be the worst Aussie side ever.
Whilst player wise it is certainly one of the weakest lineups ever, alot of the blame for results in India needs to be put on the selectors and coach. The selection of Xavier Doherty whose form in the shield was 2/80 that season so far is an embarrassment and a slap in the face to Steven o'keefe. To pick Usman Khawaja and not play him after continued batting collapses and poor scores and persist with allrounders to make up the fact we can't take twenty wickets is stupidity personified. To drop Lyon, bring in Doherty and Maxwell, dump Maxwell after taking most wickets in second test play Doherty and Lyon in third but then play Lyon and Maxwell and drop Doherty it is no wonder the players are playing how they are and the 'culture is weak' There is no consistency. henriques performs well first test but struggles next two test so hey let's not give a promising young player a run let's dump him and bring in the previous young player we dumped after giving him a bit of a run in smith (whose batting has been decent but bowling terrible) instead of khawaja who is the official reserve batsman. It's just a fucking sad mess. The coach who in the previous test dropped four players for not doing homework doesn't seem to do anything but defend himself because the mistakes in the first test happened in the second test and third test and now fourth test. Is a batting coach over there because after all these low scores you'd think he would teach patience and to bat sensibly like India has. To think that a once great Australian team has been reduced to this rabble and looking at getting their first whitewash 0-4 since 1969/70 makes me feel gutted. Sure once the warne/McGrath era ended we weren't going to dominate and struggle but the off field leadership has turned this team into an absolute joke. Mickey Arthur, Pat Howard and John inverarity the history will judge you all harshly and if they were honest decent men they would resign after this embarrassment. But I fear they both look at this through rose tinted glasses and after a thrashing in the two back to back ashes series, then and only then they may realize how much damage they have done but it will be to little to late.