According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the abysmal result in India demonstrated that Australia has lost control of its own cricket destiny, which is a depressing realization for a year which still has back-to-back Ashes series for a much harassed team.
Branding the recent India series as nothing more than a money-driven obligation to play in India at least every year, the report further said that Australians, who were drained out from a meaningless one-day series at home, were further wiped out by Indian cricketers.
The report found it strange that captain Michael Clarke, with his chronic back problem and vice-captain Shane Watson, who is in doubt about his Test career, will be back in India next week to fill their boots with cheap runs, wickets and cash in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to the report, ideally Cricket Australia (CA) should have insisted on a period of rest and rehabilitation followed by an intensive training camp for the players as a prelude to the Ashes before 'prostituting' them to the IPL, adding that instead, CA will push the players from the IPL to another 'pawnbroker's bauble'- the ICC Champions Trophy.
The report further said that Australia simply cannot identify its best team, in any form, a fact which was reinforced by the chopping and changing in India, adding that inspite of the rotation policy, three players came home early from India because of injuries.
The report also said that an inept performance, a fragile top-order and clumsy handling by coach Mickey Arthur, who is not by nature a disciplinarian, contributed significantly to the team's abysmal performance in India.
--ANI (Posted on 26-03-2013)