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Team's abysmal show puts Aus selectors in a fix

By Ian Chappell
Tuesday, December 07, 2021

The Australian selectors reacted aggressively to the mauling the bowlers received at the Gabba. They might do a similar overhaul of the batting after a dismal display at the Adelaide Oval. Marcus North put up another unconvincing display in the middle-order. North has been batting as though his survival depends on a good score.

While North's woes have been well documented and on-going, Michael Clarke on the other hand has snuck up on the rails like a fast finishing thoroughbred. Normally a good player of spin bowling, his failures in India were a surprise but two wild shots in this series have the tongues wagging.

The factor highlighting Australia's poor batting performance was the placid nature of the pitch. It is very good for batting.

If it hadn't been for Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin, Australia's reputation would be in tatters. Their two innings-saving partnerships in this series have been built on a critical awareness of what is required and the ability to both defend and attack.

England have plotted and planned well. To make matters worse they're showing Australia up in the field. Good slip catching and bustling in-field work has reaped its rewards for the visitors. There is though, some light at the end of the tunnel. The England pace attack doesn't look anywhere near as formidable when James Anderson is resting. However, there are distinct signs that Graeme Swann is coming to grips with Australian conditions.

The ineptitude of the batting left Australia's chances of staying in the contest on the new-look bowling attack, bleak.

As England built on the momentum, it appeared as though the Australian selectors were in for another session burning the midnight oil.

It's a far cry from the days when the team selected itself and when a mistake didn't become a glaring error because two champion bowlers in Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath covered cracks quicker than putty.

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