Proclamations of Aussie crisis not on the money

December 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Australian cricket is not in the best of shapes right now, of that there can be no doubt. However, whilst it is certainly not in a happy place, it is not in the middle of a crisis or a state of long term decline either.

Yes, soccer is gaining in popularity over in Australia and yes, Aussie Rules is always going to enjoy a massive fan base, but cricket is still very much alive and kicking in the country. Compare the huge audiences who are turning up to watch the Ashes tests compared to the size of the audience which regularly turns up to watch English first class test cricket and you can start to realise why the Aussies have been in the ascendancy for so long.

However, as long as the Australian side continues to struggle to recapture the kind of form that they achieved when they had the likes of Shane Warne and Glenn Mcgrath playing for them, the current team is going to continue to receive purely negative press comparisons.

Despite the fact that ashes betting pundits criticism is unduly harsh at present, the fact remains that the Aussie side is not doing anything to help its own cause as it allows itself to be rattled by a Kevin Pietersen-inspired England side that obviously has the bit between its teeth.

If, however, the Australians can get themselves together and secure a draw in the second test, they will know that they can take confidence from the fact that they have defied the the ashes odds and dug themselves out of a tough spot to keep themselves level in the series.

If they can then utilise this self-belief to help win back the momentum in the series before ultimately winning the Ashes, any talk of a crisis will surely be laughed off by the players and press alike.


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