The Australian Cricket Team have just beaten the West Indies 2-0 in a best of three test series. The last game was marred by some unsavory incidents that raised further questions of an Aussie side under desperate pressure.
The dominance of Australian cricket is well and truly over after an average West Indian outfit outplayed the Aussies in one test and went close to stealing another. West Indian cricket itself is currently in state of disarray and Australia was far from impressive. We all thought that the Aussies would be baying for blood after their hopeless effort against the Poms in the Ashes but that was far from the case.
The only time the Aussies showed any real purpose was in the sledging stakes which resembled an 18 year old beating up on a 12 year old. The Aussies would be better served by putting more effort into playing cricket rather than carrying on like a pack of overpaid morons. The West Indians were not blameless but they were the tourists, out classed and under pressure.
Ricky Ponting was one of the world’s greatest batsmen. He has never been a great captain and the behavior of his team is testament to his inability to lead. The current cricket culture in Australia was understandable when we were ‘that good’ but it is quickly become distasteful, particularly when they are struggling to beat the likes of this West Indian side.
The positive out of all of this is that the series against Pakistan will be far from certain walk over for the Australians. The Pakistan team has plenty of raw talent but struggles when the going gets tough. But like the Windies, they will never have a better opportunity to challenge an under strength Australian side.
888sport has the Australians at $1.53 to win the series and $1.73 to win the first test. This seems to be very short considering they are playing a team that will be a step up in ability from the competition that they have already struggled against this summer.