Australian Cricket has always been famous for their arrogant and flamboyant style of game they play. Whether it is sledging on the field, monkey gate between Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh to the incident where then Australian captain Ricky Pointing pushed the B.C.C.I President Sharad Pawar off the stage.
This gives us a brief idea about what Team Australia is all about. Once undefeated for 34 matches in World Cup till March 2011, they are now struggling to get the team going after the retirement of their veteran players like Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist.
The ongoing form of Australia has taken all the glitters away from their decade old image due to the recent T20 series loss to India at home and then a wrap up by New Zealand in the first of the five match ODI series. The Australian Cricket Association has made it clear that they are not bothered about the results of the matches; what they are looking for is the right combinations at the right place in the team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India in March.
Is it just an excuse to hide the difficulty of finding the inform players in the playing XI or is it the greed of CA to add the last remaining feather in their hats by winning the World T20 in the sub-continent? Cricket Australia, apparently, suggests that Australia has the players which are capable of playing in Australia. But, what they are looking for are the players who can adapt to the ‘hot n humid’ conditions and the pitches in India.
It is right to say that the World Champion Australian team has always suffered with form in Indian conditions, but of no excuse to not winning. It can be brought to limelight that Cricket is played around the globe with a reason to make the players aware of the conditions everywhere.
Is it the right time for Australia to stop playing hide-n-seek with themselves and admit the real reason behind the team poor run on the field? Which is the lack of quality players and the need of a captain who can handle the pressure, maybe? Three different captains for all three formats of the game is not a solution. Dhoni is the biggest example of being a successful captain and carrying the burden on his shoulders, when India needed him the most.
The question is, will Australia be able to follow suit?