There was an era when every team wanted to beat Australia as they were surrounded with the best talent all over the world. The likes of Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath produced massive victories in the early 2000s. When it comes to spinner, the only favorite was, Legend ‘Shane Warne.’ From a batting perspective, the team in yellow delivered the fear of scoring above 300 in almost every game. The two left-handed giants, Hayden & Gilly had smashed every great in their wonderful career. Then, Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn & Micheal Beven were the icing on the cake from Aussie’s point of view.
It is true that changes are the part of life, so as in cricket; the drastic change in Australia’s game has shocked everyone in the past series against Sri Lanka. The whitewash on Sri Lankan soil has raised several questions in the minds of cricket lovers. Lanka, who actually were not having their best time before the series, have all the reasons now to celebrate the victory. Let us showcase you the various possible reasons behind Australia’s debacle in the past Test series:
Rangana Herath’s magical figures
Though, the great left-arm orthodox spinner made his debut in 1999, his importance in the team is realized after the retirement of Murali. He was always under the shadows of the Legend ‘Muttiah Muralitharan.’ Now, Rangana is having a huge party with the ball, especially in the past home series against Australia. His 28 wickets in the series was the crucial part for Sri Lanka in creating the history. The man was full of confidence throughout the series, which forced Australia to collapse.
Australia has always seen a downfall in their performance in the subcontinent. The turning pitches could be one of the reasons too as the Aussies are not the best when playing against spinners. On the other hand, Australia has just won a single test in Asia since 2008, which is a big blow to their cricketing career. Even against Team India, they suffered a huge setback in 2013. The reason here is quite simple that ‘The Kangaroos’ is surely having a subcontinent fever.
Team selection could be one of the reasons for their third straight whitewash loss in the sub-continent. Steven Smith, who was skippering for the first time while playing in Asia, would have taken some major steps that affected throughout. It was his first-ever series defeat as captain which he would want to forget as soon as possible. Though the team was strong, yet the final eleven could be the wrong step.
Lanka, always a lion at home
We have seen many times that Sri Lanka is a big fear against any team while playing at home. Out of 128 matches played on their soil, the lions have won 56 out of it and settled for a draw in 41, which is a decent record. It is totally understandable that Sri Lanka is not the same team which it used to be when the likes of Sangakkara and Jayawardene were available, still, they came back strongly from their downgraded performances in the past few years. The home crowd is surely what they love.
Australians have to try something new to overcome from this subcontinent problem if they want to rule the game again, otherwise, it can create problems for their brilliant performances at home.