Australian Cricket has been under the scanner for past few years. Recently, Australian cricket team got beaten by Bangladesh in the 5 match T20 Series. Australian cricket team has been struggling to get the desired result. Australian team lost twice to Indian side in 2 years.
Here are the 5 Pointers for the current downfall of Australian Cricket Standards
Absence of key players
Australian Cricket team has been majorly missing their key players. Steve Smith has been ruled out from all forms of cricket since the IPL 2021. Steve Smith is out due to elbow injury. Steve Smith is likely to feature in the upcoming T20 world cup. Pat Cummins, Ģlenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, David Warner , Marcus Stoinis and Kane Richardson pulled out their names from the Australian cricket team squad just before the Windies Series. Australian cricket team need all these players to do well. Australian cricket is facing criticism due to missing of big names in the squad.
Underperforming Smith and Warner
Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for a year from International cricket after the sandpaper incident. They both made a comeback in Ashes series in 2019 just before the world cup. Steve Smith was phenomenal against England in the 2019 Ashes series. David Warner also contributed to Australian cricket team win against Pakistan. Since then , they both have been struggling to find their form. Their failure knocked Australian cricket team out of the 2019 cricket world cup. Underperformance from both the players have been worrying signs for Australian cricket. Steve Smith is currently ruled out from all forms of cricket due to elbow injury and David Warner os available for Australian cricket due to personal reasons.
No support from younger generations
Australian Cricket is lacking big names due to certain reasons. The young players have been given enough chances to prove themselves at the international level. But the young bunch of players have failed to make a mark . Currently, the second string of Australian cricket team played a 5 match series against Bangladesh and lost by 4-1. Australian cricket team played poorly throughout the series.
There is a lack of intent from the young players. Australian cricket has changed a lot in recent years. Cameron Green was impressive against India but has not been included in the white ball squad. Travis Head and Alex Carey have not performed upto the expectations and potential. Adam Zampa is also struggling to pick up wickets. Josh Phillippe has also been given enough chances but has failed to delivered.
Failure of Finch as captain
Many experts have questioned over Aaron Finch’s captaincy. Finch as a white ball captain has been consistently failing. The Australian cricket team has lost against New Zealand, India and Windies. Kangaroos are struggling in white ball against cricketing giants under the captaincy of Aaron Finch. Aaron Finch has been scoring runs consistently for Australian cricket team but has failed to delivered as captain. Aaron Finch has failed to take strategic decisions. He has poor in his bowling changes. T20 World Cup is around the corner and is struggling. Australian cricket management needs think over captaincy issues.
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Tim Paine failure as test captain
Tim Paine has handed over the captaincy of Australian test team after the banned faced by Steve Smith. Tim Paine was the most experienced player in the squad at that time. Tim Paine’s captaincy has been below par. Australian cricket team has twice to India in the Border Gavaskar trophy in past two years in their own backyard. They lost to Pakistan in UAE. Tim Paine managed to retain the Ashes, the only achievement as captain.
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Tim Paine has also not delivered with the bat. Tim Paine scored a brilliant half century against India in the first test and was awarded the man of the match. But since then, has been very poor with the bat. Tim Paine is yet to score a century. A string of low scores from the skipper has been worrying signs for the Kangaroos.