English press ridicules 'useless, laughing stock' Oz squad for flop show in India ahead of July's Ashes
Sydney, Mar 12 : The British press has been celebrating the poor performance of the touring Australian squad in the ongoing Tests against India, with words like 'turmoil', 'disarray', 'laughing stock' and 'useless' for the Oz team prominently featuring in English newspapers, ahead of the July's Ashes.
English tabloid Daily Mail has taken out a column titled 'Useless Column', taunting the Australian's flop show in India with the headline 'The Aussies are 2-0 down with two to play, have axed a third of their side for not doing their 'homework' and up next it's England... Dear, oh dear, cobbers, you are USELESS!", News.com.au reports.
The column derides Australia's chances in the Ashes in a line' lost by Innings and 135 runs', adding that is a good omen for England in a year with back-to-back Ashes series, and further taunts the axing of four star players from the Mohali Test for a minor disciplinary breach.
The column even sarcastically suggests Shane Warne might be called back into the fold, which 'really would be splendid'.
According to Daily Mail reporter Lawrence Booth, Australia have been 'punching above their weight' since losing the Ashes in 2010-11, adding that the harsh reality is finally sinking in for the team that they are not that good anymore with the defeats in Chennai and Hyderabad.
Stating that although with 12 Test wins and only five defeats during 2010-11 was an impressive record for Australia, Booth said that the team has been reliant on two factors, a good batting form by captain Michael Clarke and their seam bowling, which he added, did not bode well for their future.
Booth further said that Australia, which grew accustomed to winning Test matches for 20 years, is disillusioned by its present performance which has reflected in the poor show during the India Tests.
The Guardian's Andy Wilson poses the theory that the methods of the Clarke era, with its insistence on wellness reports and feedback assignments, might be a bit too "new age" for certain players to handle.