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Poor Australian team selection to be blamed for Australia’s debacle against India

March 8, 2013

Australian tour of India

The Australian media has come out very hard against the Aussies, who have lost all hopes of winning the ongoing Test series, as they have already lost two out of the the four scheduled Test matches. They are primarily blaming the present crop of Australian players, who have failed in taking crucial wickets along with their batsmen who have failed to convert their innings into good scores. But, if we look at the broader picture, it is the Australian selectors who needs to be blamed for bringing in such a young team. Such kind of embarrassing failures were on the cards.

It is embarrassing for Australian fans to see players such as Mitchell Johnson, Jason Krejza and Shaun Marsh not included in the Australian team. Irrespective of their form, these players should have been picked, if not for anything but for their experience playing in India alone. All these players have proved under Indian conditions immensely and their inclusion would have only made their team stronger.

The Australians have struggled facing Indian spinners. Had Shaun Marsh been representing Australia in the series, it could have been a different thing all together. He is one of the best players of the spin bowling among the current generation of Australian players. He is quick on his feet and uses his feet well to tackle the Indian spinners. Not only he scores freely against the spinners, but also his defense stands tall in the crease. He could have been the perfect player for Australia to bat at the number three position, which is always considered to be a very vital position.

Though, the Australian team have a decent line up of fast bowlers, but they lack experience playing in Indian conditions. At this juncture, Mitchell Johnson could have been the right person to play the role of a senior quickie. Johnson has been successful and his left arm fast bowling has troubled Indian batsmen in the past. Player of his ability who hits the deck hard is the need of the hour. In fact, the player with his batting skills could also have played an important role as an all rounder as well, as he is no mug with the bat. He could have scored some useful runs down the order.

Jason Krejza may have lost out in the race of spinners against players such as Doherty, Lyon etc, but he has had one of the most successful debut in India for a spinner claiming 12 Indian wickets in Nagpur. Though, the figures read from the 2008 Test match, but he would have been confident bowling to the Indian batsmen. He is a spinner who is not afraid to toss the ball up. There would have been times, where he would have been hit for sixes, but if there is anything for the pitch to assist the spinners, Clarke could have automatically handed over the ball to Krejza and let him make the most out of a turning pitch. Had Krejza been included in the first Test at Chennai, which was a rank turner, the Aussies might have been in a better position then they are presently in.

The Indian team has taken full advantage of the Australian players, who have lacked experience. The Aussies have looked out of place under Indian conditions. Indian batsmen have played the Australian spinners with ease and to the contrary the Australian batsmen have failed miserably against the Indian spinners. With two Test matches remaining in the series, the Australians will face an uphill task to even save their team from a series whitewash. Just the presence of players such as Johnson, Marsh and Krejza in the dressing room might have made a difference to the series results.




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