England won the Ashes back after an innings and 78 runs victory in the 4th Test match at Trent Bridge yesterday . The Australian team had won the Ashes in 2013/14 5-0 but England avenged that humiliaitng loss with a bang. The Australian team had problems in their batting line up and Michael Clarke announced retirement after the Test cricket at Oval, London – the venue of fifth and final Ashes Test. Australian press and cricket experts were critical of their countrymen.
Here we look at 5 reasons for Australia debacle in Ashes 2015:
1. Captain Michael Clarke’s inability to lead from the front .
Micheal Clarke the captain of the Australian team was not able to lead from the front in the Ashes 2015. He looked in poor form in all the four Test matches he played. In the first match he scored 38 and 4, in the second match where Australia won the match Clarke scored 7 and 32 not out in the second innings, in the third Test match he was dismissed for 10 and 3. In the fourth Test match he scored 10 and 13. Micheal Clarke after the match presentation said that he will retire after the test match at Oval, London. As a gentleman he owned all the responsiiblity but it is unfair to put every blame on him. The captian is agood as his team is!!
2. Lack of use of defensive technique in swinging conditions
The Australian batsman found it very tough in the 3rd and 4th matches where the ball swung very much. The entire Australian team was trying to play strokes to which they got out. In the 3rd Test match at Edgbaston where the ball swung, only Chris Rogers was able to score 52 and rest of the batting crumbled. The Australian team was bowled out for 136 in the first innings. While in the second innings Warner, Starc and Peter Nevill scored half centuries each but the team was bowled out for 265 giving England a target of 121 which England chased easily. In the fourth Test match, England won the toss and elected to field. In the very first over of the match Broad took two wickets and ran throgh the side taking 8 wickets in all to dismiss Australia for 60. Smith, Rogers, Voges, Marsh were dismissed to excellent balls. In the second innings also most Australian batsman struggled , though Warner, Rogers and Voges scored some runs but the rest of batting failed again. The Australian batsman did not have solid technique of playing swinging conditions and were attmepting rash shots.
3. Inexperience in the middle order
The Australian team dropped their experienced players like Shane Watson and Brad Haddin after the first Test match at Cardiff. The Australian middle order comprising of Mitchell Marsh, Adam Voges and Peter Nevill were inexperienced and did not contribute much for the team. In the second Test match the Australian team batted well and won the match by a huge margin. In the third and fourth test match the middle order consisting of Micheal Clarke, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Nevil was not able to contribute many to the team. Australian team badly missed the experience of Watson and Haddin in the series.
4. Mitchell Johoson failed to create an impact with the ball
The bowler who took 37 wickets in the previous Ashes series where Australia won 5-0, was a faint shadow of himslef and failed to create an impact on the England batting. Barring 2 Test matches Mitchell Johoson was smashed around. He picked 11 wickets in 4 games at an average of 39.81 as against his career average of 22.60. He was brilliant at Lord’s and for few overs in third Test. Mitchell Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon did well but Mitchell Johson struggled to pick wickets. Australia needed Mitchell Johoson to pick wickets but was not only he was unable to do so but also England team smashed the leader of bowling attack.
5. Resurgence of England cricket and home series advantage
After December 2013 loss of Ashes at Perth, the England team was struggling for the past 18 months. England captain Cook said that England Test team had a new coach who asked them to play aggressive cricket, which paid off. Every member of the team contributed especially James Anderson, Broad, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell led to success. The home crowd support at every match was of special support as there was full capacity crowd. The home pitches also appeared to be made to suit the home team. England team has already won the Ashes series 3-1 and with one more match to go England would love to win 4-1.