The biggest challenge for test cricket is just around the corner, but Australia’s outlook for the rare away series to beat India in early 2023 is improving day by day.
Australia has enjoyed winning consecutive tests in Asia for the first time since 2006, when it defeated Bangladesh twice on Saturday.
The latest victory following the victory over Pakistan in Lahore in March A stunning 10-wicket win with less than 154 oversSri Lanka is collapsing due to the power of the Australian spin assault.
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The collapse of Sri Lanka’s two innings was so great within 23 overs that spinners Nathan Lion and Mitchell Swepson, as well as part-time tweaker Travis Head, got a lot of attention 4-10.
But speaking after play, Captain Pat Cummins emphasized the first inning that stood tall on the bat when Australia was struggling otherwise.
As old as the era itself, Australia is strong at home, sometimes far away, but has an Achilles tendon when faced with a spin in the subcontinent.
This theory was not tested on this year’s Pakistan three-game tour, where wickets were obedient and spin was not the dominant factor.
Fast forwarding to a tour of Sri Lanka, the first test at the goal thrived on the turns, bounces and natural changes offered in the spades.
In the end, it was too hot to handle even the host.
This is a weak Sri Lankan test outfit, with only two batters in the top 30 of the ICC, but it’s still alarming to lose 20 wickets in 325 runs with an 81.5 over to beat Toss.
In comparison, Australia played with the freedom and confidence that even a 4-100 defeat could not be dented.
Tourists could easily get into their shells and hit them over time, but probably can’t see them under Cummins and new coach Andrew Macdonald.
“Some new words we use about our approach are about being aggressive and brave,” Cummins said after the match.
“We saw some really clear ways from all the batters. They may have been a little different personally, but you are all really aggressive and pressure the bowler. I saw you there.
“This is what we usually talk about in one day cricket or T20 cricket, but I think that’s the style here we need.”
Australia scored 4.53 runovers in the first inning, turning the wobble into a daunting lead of 109 runs.
Batters were encouraged to sweep, reverse sweep, dance wickets, that is, do whatever they want. Because this is Australia’s new way.
That naturally poses a greater risk, but Cummins said it was accepted as part of the deal under the new Justin Langer administration.
“I think it’s part of the environment we’re trying to create,” he said. “As long as you fail in a happy way, failure is absolutely okay.”
Traditionalists may be armed.
Usman Khawaja made a not-so-thin swipe when he said that the most common coaching in the country was the outdated “burg lap” after Australia’s first inning.
“Since we started playing for the Australian Cricket Team, everyone’s way of playing and talking about games and playing in the subcontinent has changed a lot,” he said.
“I think we learned from the mistakes. I think men can be more confident in their plans, adapt to different situations and bowling, and do a lot different from what they do in Australia. ..
“When I saw someone like (Alex) Carrie come in and sweep, it was the number of times I grew up that even I, when I was young, was told not to sweep the ball in Australia.
“Even Greenie, who is doing it now, has heard people say,’You’re a tall man, you just hit the ground,’ it’s the biggest bull junk in the world. If the player has the ability to sweep, whether he’s 6’7 or 5’5, it doesn’t really matter, but it’s still a shot of your repertoire. “
Traditional knowledge is not completely without merit.
Half of Sri Lanka’s two-inning wickets were from sweep shots or reverse sweep shots. This is more tolerant than playing on the ground and choking the spin, as is commonly taught in Australia.
But the new Australian philosophy after Langer’s departure is simple.
If you feel comfortable doing it, do it. If not, don’t.
Freedom, self-confidence and responsibility make sure the rest works properly.
After all, Australia’s recent history in Asia is not strong enough to deny a new approach.
Since the end of 2004 when Australia defeated India in India, the country has won only seven tests in Asia, lost 17 and drew eight.
Only one of those victories was against India, which caused Australia 10 defeats during that period.
However, Cummins said Australia has now learned to “accept” the situation in the subcontinent rather than beautify it.
“It was a big deal for us,” he said. “You may get caught up in a different situation than in Australia, but if you want to be the best test team in the world, you have to win abroad.
“Experienced guys find new shots, Mitchell Starc is working on a reverse swing, and Nathan Lyon is coming up with some new balls, so everyone can learn and succeed with these wickets. I think it’s very motivated. “
Australia will return to India in February, making it one of the most anticipated test series in the last few years.
Based on Australia’s current trajectory and attitude, this time it will be a much closer battle.
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