ENEMY CAMP

'Australia has lost the war, and the battle'


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Enemy Camp is a wrap-up of all the best stories and opinions from Australia's leading newspapers.

This is what the Australians are saying about the biggest Test series of the year....



Australia has lost the battle and perhaps also the war.

After three days of this Mohali Test, Australia needs a miracle if it is to avert a heavy defeat.

ABC commentator Glenn Mitchell, writing in his blog, gives Australia no chance, not only in the Mohali Test, but also in the series.
 
 
The quick bowlers, in particular, have had a lot of work; we haven't seen much of Australia's spinners. Hopefully they can take the workload off the Aussie quick bowlers. That's why Shane Warne was so valuable; if he wasn't taking wickets he was bowling a lot of overs.
 
Former Australia fast bowler Brendon Julian tells Fox Sports how dearly Australia miss Shane Warne.
 
 
 
The boys will be pretty heavy, their legs will be pretty heavy, and Monday morning will be character building for the Australians. They're going to have to be positive in the field then back it up with some good batting.
 
Former Australia fast bowler Brendon Julian tells Fox Sports that saving the Mohali Test will be a test of character for the Australian team.
 
 
"Fifteen to 20 years ago you could have named Sydney as a wicket that really suited spin bowling, with a few others around the country that became spin-friendly as matches wore on. 
 
"But even the SCG these days is not a spin-bowling haven and our conditions suit pace bowling far more. 
 
"Some of the spinners that have come through our program would have far better figures if they bowled in countries such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 
 
"They have been victims of conditions and also the changing nature of cricket as Twenty20 grows. But another will emerge. Not a Shane Warne, but another quality spinner." 
 
Brian McFadyen, program manager at CA's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane, explains the reasons for the lack of quality spinners in Australia, but is hopeful that the system will produce competitive spinners soon.
 
 
Lee's lack of impact with the ball has been a major headache and heaped greater pressure on his younger and far more inexperienced bowling partners to carry the load.
 
While wickets are one thing, Lee's lack of penetration with the new ball has everyone worried, including captain Ricky Ponting who said as much in Bangalore.
 
Jon Pierik, writing in the Herald Sun, is worried about Brett Lee’s poor form.
 
 
"One-day cricket is killing them off because captains want spinners who will bowl dot balls.”
 
Spin-guru Terry Jenner explains the reasons for the lack of quality spinners in Australia.
 
 
Hayden and Lee had limited preparations for the tour and it appears to be showing. Hayden missed months of cricket with an achilles tendon strain, while Lee's training schedule was interrupted after the break-up of his marriage.
 
Malcolm Conn, explains why Hayden and Lee, two of Australia’s main weapons, have fared so poorly on tour so far.
 
 
The dominant era initially constructed in the dying days of Allan Border's captaincy, built upon under Mark Taylor and rubber-stamped by Steve Waugh and in the early days of Ponting's captaincy are gone.
 
Jon Pierik, writing in The Daily Telegraph, thinks Australia are no longer the dominant team they used to be.
 
 
Hayden, who turns 37 next week, has a top score of 20 in six innings on tour and - for the time being - is a shadow of the man who blasted three centuries in as many Tests against India last summer.
 
Jon Pierik, writing in the Herald Sun, concedes that Hayden has looked far from the man who tortured the Indians on previous tours of the sub-continent.
 
 
 

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