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October 23, 2008 / lazybug

What’s up, champs?

When was the last time an Aussie side did the following?

Copy an opponent’s strategy.

Come now, Ricky. You’re the world champions when it comes to strategies. What are you doing trying to copy us lesser souls? May be you forget that you’ve got Guru Greg with all his ‘inside knowledge’ about Indian cricket at your disposal. I understand that the morale is down and all. After all, the only success you managed at Mohali was to get Zaheer Khan fined for committing the blasphemous act of sledging at an Aussie who failed for the fourth time in a row.

We know, the swinging ball has always been your nemesis. That’s why you lost the 2005 Ashes and also the Perth test this year. Surely, you were aware that the ball would swing here in India. Why then this act of acknowledging the opponent’s superior ability to swing the ball rather than your batsmen’s inability to play it? Further, your boat was rocked by the spinners in both the innings, not the quickies. What, then, about your batsmen’s inability to play spin?

This talk of copying your opponent’s swing bowling , therefore, just sounds like a meek cover up of an overall failure of your strategy. Now when was the last time that happened to you?

Ominous lyrics for the moment

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again  – The End by The Doors

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  1. Ottayan / Oct 23 2008 11:20 pm

    I doubt whether they had any strategy. They just rehashed the one they used last tour gave it a fancy name as new age cricket and expected the Indians to crumble.

  2. chirax / Oct 24 2008 3:46 am

    Same here, I doubt whether they had any strategy. But lazybug correct me if I am wrong, isn’t aussie best managed team in the world?

  3. sriniani / Oct 24 2008 5:29 am

    Definitely lyrics are ominous for Aussies at present. Would the present series be ‘The End by the Door’ for their dominance? Great post.

  4. Ramakrishna / Oct 24 2008 10:23 am

    Superb Post Akhil. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and most of it is true.

    @sriniani: Agreed the Aussies are not the same tough champions they were a year ago. I’d love to see the end of their dominance in cricket. But they have dominated the cricket world for more than a decade now. It would take a lot for India or any other cricet team to end their dominance. This calls for consistency in winning and not outrageous aggression.

  5. arvind / Oct 25 2008 12:13 pm

    They are no longer champs … Wow ..its so pleasing to see australians in trouble ..
    as for the reverse swing ..i heard they are calling TAIT .. 😛

  6. Srinivasarao Vundavalli / Oct 25 2008 1:35 pm

    Australian pace bowlers are struggling in India and if they don’t come up with a good performance it will be tough for the touring team to face India.

  7. JB / Oct 27 2008 7:36 am

    We lost a game. Get a grip.

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