Five reasons why Australia lost the 3rd Ashes test
England in the third Ashes test at Edgbaston did not just defeat Australia. More than the defeat, they punched them really hard, and this blow might be too severe for the Aussies to have any hopes of bouncing back in the series. Led by their remarkable bowlers, and of course helped by some agonizingly stupid batting by Australia, England delivered a stern into – the – face statement. Now, with just two tests remaining in this Ashes, it seems highly unlikely that Australia will win the series. Michael Clarke’s dream of winning an Ashes series in England might well remain just a dream.
The Birmigham test had a lot to offer for the bowlers as the seamers from both the units thrived. Michael Clarke as the skipper did look positive in the outfield, but as a batsman, he is just a liability. This is the bitter truth for Australia! Clarke, who is the twilight of his career, is struggling with the bat big time. He is being made to look nothing more than a struggling lower order batsman, who is on the verge of being dropped. Barring Chris Rogers, all the batsmen for Australia collapsed like nine pins.
Australia can only ascend from here and giving it their cent percent in Nottingham is the only option ahead of them. But, before that, the Australian think tank needs to integrate well and ensure that the best XI is selected at any cost.
In this article, we analyze the five reasons behind Australia’s loss in the third Ashes test against England –
1. Poor decision at the toss:
Since the last 10 years in Edgbaston, only once has a team won after batting first. And that solitary win too was a nail biter as England had won the epic 2005 Edgbaston test just by 2 runs. It was obvious that in Birmigham, it was only sensible to bowl first, and make the most of the available conditions. But Michael Clarke, opted to bat first, and that pretty much sealed Australia’s fate! His batsmen let him down in the first innings, and making tremendous amends in the second innings was a task simply improbable for the Aussies.
2. Overdependence on Steve Smith:
30.40. That is Steve Smith’s average in losing causes, as opposed to his career batting average of 56.55. The meaning from the above stat is pretty certain. When Steve Smith performs, Australia more often than not emerges victorious. But when he fails to get going and convert the starts, the Australians are all at sea. While 2014 was a successful year for the Australians in test matches, it was mainly due to the run plundering ability of Steve Smith. In 2014, Smith averaged 81.85, and that says it all. The other Australian batsmen must step up to the task and over relying on Smith will only compound their woes. It is high time that the others shoulder the responsibility.
3. Persisting with the underperforming Adam Voges:
Both the sides have been continuously persisting with underperforming Adam’s. While England’s Adam Lyth will face the axe for the next test, Australia’s Voges too might face a similar fate. Voges hadn’t performed exceptionally in the first couple of tests. After enduring a low run of scores, it was expected that the senior batsman would have been axed. But rather, the Australians persisted with him, and that didn’t reap anything worth bragging. Voges batted like a club batsman and poked at deliveries outside the off stump. With so much of experience under his belt, a lot was expected from Voges. Fair to say, all the expectations have come down crashing.
4. Mitchell Marsh not stepping up as the all rounder:
In the Lord’s test, just when England could have hoped for a miracle, it was the dual strikes of Mitchell Marsh that did the trick for Australia. Marsh had castled the well settled Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes in the first innings of the Lord’s test. But in the third test, his entire enigma had faded away. He no longer looked threatening with the ball, and his performance with the bat was poor as well. With the veteran Shane Watson being benched, Marsh must deliver for Australia, as he is trusted with the all rounder’s role.
5. Michael Clarke becoming a liability:
As a skipper no one even dares to doubt the audacity of Michael Clarke. But with the bat in the middle order, Clarke has become a liability for Australia. The main reason for branding him as a liability is that on current form, he is struggling with the bat. Apart from the batting, he no longer turns his arm over, and his fielding too is not acrobatic anymore as a courtesy of his back and hamstring issues. If Clarke cannot turn around things in Nottingham, then unfortunately, viewers might never see him in action again in international cricket!
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