For Australian cricketers, the Asians is the series that ultimately matters above all else. Careers and legacies are defined by battles against England. Make no mistake, a home defeat will not be tolerated by a scathing public as felt by then captain Ricky Pointing and his dispirited charges after Australia’s humiliating 2010-11 loss – their only one in the past three decades Down Under.
Australian cricketers Smith Happy with Team Batting and Bowling
Australia were rampant favorites mainly due to major suspicions over an inexperienced England,
who quickly plummeted due to off-field sagas.
Despite many predicting a whitewash, question marks lingered over a perennially erratic Australian team, particularly revolving around shaky batting and injury-prone bowlers.
After a comprehensive 4-0 Ashes triumph, where many of the question marks were not be answered, it was mission accomplished for Australia.
Steve Smith, the Australian captain, will undoubtedly feel buoyed by a team that is emerging into something special.
And there were echoes of Australia’s golden attack from the 2000s.
Most pleasingly, the quick outlasted the series unscathed apart from a minor bruised heel which kept Mitchell Starc out of action for the Boxing Day Test.
Starr’s absence in Melbourne showed Australia’s vulnerability without their talisman and a reminder that injuries can derail even the best laid plans.
Perhaps most surprisingly, Pat Cummings played all five Tests
And was at his fearsome best on the final day of the series as he capped off a stunning series with a devastating burst to break England.
His outrageous talent is unfolding before our eyes and he could well become the world’s best quick by year’s end.
“I think all the bowlers did an exceptional job,” Smith told reporters on Monday (January 8).
“Each one of them had 20 wickets, just showed that the bowlers bowled together in a group, in partnerships and for one another.”
Perhaps most pleasingly for Smith
Australia’s rub ix cube of a batting order appears in its best shape for years after the emergence of the much
maligned Marsh brothers to considerably strengthen the tentative middle order.
Australia’s batting showed glimpses of a harder resolve in India early last year,
but took it up a notch during the Ashes with continual unwavering indefatigable efforts albeit against a popgun England attack.
“They’ve (the batting order) adapted to different tempos and situations of the game,
something we’ve done really well,” he said. “It’s been pleasing to see the batting group progress the way it has.
It was a series of patience and perhaps our batters had more patience.
“We had clear designs and a great deal of them worked,” he included. “Britain had their foot in the entryway in many Tests yet we won the key minutes.
That was essential and didn’t permit England back in the game.”
Australia’s insulted selectors summoned enlivened determinations of the Marshes and wicket keeper,
“He’s buckled down. He has great character,” Smith said of Bancroft. “The more he plays, the more he will show signs of improvement.
I trust the selectors keep the confidence, it will be beneficial for him and the gathering.”