This Chris Rogers short edge shows Australia‘s situation in a picture (photo: Getty Images)
From ball one Pakistan played the Dubai conditions exactly right. Many criticised the defensive mindset of the hosts top order batsmen, but it proved to be the ultimate victory as Australia was crushed by 221 runs.
While Mitchell Johnson’s stumping in the second innings – which left Australia reeling at 9/213 – was said to be lineball, there was very little the tourists could do under the onslaught. Continue reading
What was there for the taking ended up in utter disaster at Durham on Monday, the fourth day of the fourth Ashes test.
Set a victory target of 299, Australia tumbled from 2-147, after the fall of Usman Khawaja, to 224 all out, losing to England by 74 runs. A grim picture after giving themselves every chance to win their first test of the series. Continue reading
Australia was thrown a curveball from the moment they stepped on to the sub-continent in February. In the end that curveball proved to be the side’s ultimate downfall.
Batting and bowling failures alike culminated in a shocking (and at times horrifying) 4-0 series loss to India.
There are plenty of words to describe each test, each player, and each moment, but none more so than disappointing. Even travelling with a team that had largely not played in Indians conditions before, Australia was rolled, crushed and decimated over the past month in a way no-one expected.