As I sit here typing, my apologies for a lack of input over the course of this game. If you have been following my tweets on Twitter I haven't been finding this easy. Australian Cricket means alot to me and having been backing the boys through thick and thin, I can't lie and say it's easy to witness our state of affairs.
Losing the Ashes is like a kick in groin. Can't explain the pain but damn when it sets in it isn't great. Just a game? For some but I just know what measures are going to be taken to rectify these growing issues within the camp.
Politics, behind the scenes dramas, a complacent Coaching staff, a bunch of players not feeling value over their spots in the side, leadership frailties?
It was pleasing to Peter Siddle bowl a wonderful spell of all out aggressive bowling to the Poms. His figures of 6-75 was quite an achievement amongst the mess at the MCG. His home crowd loved it and he was a machine. I have always said Pedro has this burning ambition and intense pride in his duties for the Baggy Green. I wish more could take a page from his book. His just did what has brought him so many wickets. Banging it in hard back of a length, following through, showing his aggression and steaming in no matter what the situation. Always gunning it, what a bloke. Add two catches to that, he really did well.
Ben Hilfenhaus finally found a breakthrough after a very good return spell to back Peter Siddle with a better line and length and after never ending bad luck walked away with 2 wickets.
Ryan Harris also fractured his ankle and Punter had another failure with the bat and is in an even more horrific position. Hopefully Ritchie Benaud doesn't have a heart attack in the commentary booth seeing this carnage unfold.
A lack of opportunities were presented and a spree of bad luck with decisions and circumstances really took its toll on our guys. As for the Punter scenario? The bloke is operating under immense pressure, heavy criticism, on the verge of a serious blemish to his cricketing CV and faces an uncertain career. After being such a legend and good representative of Australian cricket, I do get angry with the way he gets hammered in the media. Doesn't deserve it but I think the whole side (including the NSP & Coaching setup) has alot of PROPER questions to answer to inform the public why things have turned out the way they have.
I feel sorry for this side as they are in for a very tough time from the media. They're going to be baited. It has already begun. This site is a supporters site so you won't find a written attack on our guys but rather just stating the facts and as you will gather, the lack of input should give you an idea how disheartening the performances have been. I don't want to be a negative moaner. Easy to kick a team when down.
On that note, I leave you with a comment that was posted on the site but a reader. While being short and to the point, I think it was a fair comment to make.
Hads & Steve Smith are grafting away at 5/154, still trailing 261 runs. Too much to do? Yes, Stevo has been bowled by Anderson. The Urn has been tossed away given courtesy of a start to the Boxing Day test with a mammoth 98 all out. Needn't look further.
'Australia has been riding the crest of the wave for a long time. Whilst they have fantastic training academies and strong domestic teams - and therefore a great pool of players to draw from- something has / is going horribly wrong.
All teams fall from grace at some stage, usually because players have been left in the team / squad for too long, with no new blood being brought in as none is available. I think that the board of selectors needs to take a good, long, hard look at themselves. Stop being pedantic about selecting players from certain states and stop bowing to pressure to keep players in the squad / team. Sadly Punter's prima donna behaviour today will further enforce the belief that he is on borrowed time. Heaven help us if Pup is made Capt - he has no back bone and is not a leader. It's time to face facts: hopes of regaining The Ashes are barely a glimmer on the horizon, the World Cup is around the corner and I am not too hopeful about that either. No, it's time to start rebuilding the Team and National Pride. Like the Phoenix, Australian Cricket will rise from the ashes (pardon the pun) to reign supreme at the top of the log in all forms of the game again.'
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