This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to admit in cricket…. But I think that Australia will whitewash us or at the very least win the ashes series 3/4-0, and after a build up suggesting that England would straggle but ultimately win out, It’s a humiliating turn around from the 3-0 ashes win in England not too long ago. However this has been some time in the making, because that 3-0 win doesn’t reflect how improved Australia were and how utterly inept England could be in the batting department, It always seemed to boil down to the bowlers having to bail out the under performing batsmen.
The difference factor in my opinion is the effect that the Australian general public and media dishing out a mass load of abuse, that perhaps England might not have had to deal with to this extent (I’m not complaining, England is as guilty about giving abuse, only right we cop our fair share) which I think is showing its effects in the batting.
Erratic shot choice, the utter fear in the face of the Mitchell Johnson barrage (Granted I’d tread on my own stumps first ball to avoid him) but these guys are meant to be the cream of the crop, the best our respective countries an offer on the field of cricket. So seeing them reduced to a quivering heap by a bowler delivering thunderbolts at every turn, It’s so inexplicable that England has not been able to cope. The reasons for me would be mental pressure (or mental disintegration) with the enormous pressure and being hounded at every turn, it’s definitely going to affect how you play.
But I believe there is a precedent for this sort of batting collapse, back in the days of 2005/6 after the monumental series where we regained the ashes after 17 odd years, the cricketers lapped up the adulation and awards (as they were entitled to of course) and by the time the next series came up against Pakistan, you couldn’t help but think that they were under-cooked. There mindset again was affected, and what happened? To my reccolection Mr Shoaib Akhtar toad through the batting line up with his thunderous deliveries, I can’t help thinking that this is all too similar situation that England find themselves in now.
The unique thing about the ashes though, is that its against Australia, It’s the team that every englishman and women want to beat, and i suspect its very similar for the aussie side. That rivalry is long lasting, and branches over multiple sports, and so seeing our guys getting thoroughly annihilated at every turn, It’s hard to take when they seemingly roll over for the opposition.
I don’t mind it when any England team loses, as long as they show some fight and some spine, then at least you can say they gave it there all and got beaten by the better team. This time however Australia are still the better team, but England is also handing them the whipping stick on a silver platter.
Well done again Australia, hats off to the superior team.