Skip to main content

RIP Australian cricket - who is to blame?

Have you been following the Australian cricket team lately? Can't blame you if you haven't, they've been rubbish this southern summer. But on the other hand, mug punters are still backing them at ridiculous odds, so laying them (either to the end or to trade a position) has been a very profitable practice in recent months.

The simple facts are that South Africa are now clearly no.1 in the world in Test and one-day cricket, the Aussies are little better than average. After a period of domination, an almighty fall is bound to occur - just look at the WIndies in the 80s/90s. How will India go when Tendulkar finally retires, given that Ganguly and Kumble have already gone, and guys like Dravid and Laxman can't be far behind.

But the players coming through isn't the problem in my opinion. It's the changing culture of the game Down Under. Aussie cricketers are the most revered of any sportsmen or women in Australia, with the possible exception of the swimmers post-Olympics. And with that comes endorsements, media deals and, worst of all... WAGS.

WAGS is the primary reason that the England football team were a joke under Sven-Goran Eriksson and Steve McLaren. Is it any coincidence that Fabio Capello has booted them out and England haven't lost a game for ages? Wives and girlfriends are a sideshow and deserve to be treated as such. Who gives a toss at the emotional state of Lara Bingle and the other hangers-on? It's unbelievable that they get almost as much coverage as the players in some papers. even the England cricket team have their partners at arm's length. With the exception of that joke Stanford 20/20 event... oh, and what happened there? Coincidence? I think not!

Ricky Ponting is a poor captain, but still one of the best batsmen in the world. Aus cricket history is that once you are sacked as captain, it's game over. So it's either keep hold of that tired relic and continue to lose matches, or move on and give someone else a go with Ricky concentrating on his batting.

Michael Clarke won't be the answer as captain. Far too worried about his other half than his teammates, as shown by the recent dressing room scuffle with Simon Katich in Sydney.

Mike Hussey needs to get his form back before he could be given more responsibility.

Shit, who else is there.....??

But, the saviour could be on the horizon - at least for the batsmen. Philip Hughes has been blooded for the South Africa and will open the batting. I've been calling for this bloke to be in the Ashes squad, now he's got his chance against the best bowling attack in the world. This kid will be a superstar. The last Aussie players to be given the Baggy Green at 20 have been Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Craig McDermott.

As for the bowlers - is there a fit one amongst them? Brett Lee - stress fracture, Stuart Clark - chronic elbow injury, Peter Siddle - minor stress fracture (didn't know there was such a thing), Shaun Tait - too crocked to play anything more than limited overs games these days, Shane Watson - doubt he will ever be fit, Bryce McGain - the new leg-spinner (36 years old) is just returning from shoulder surgery and will hopefully tour England. Mitchell Johnson is shouldering the workload when he should be no.3 bowler. Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and MacDonald are all brand new and decent, nothing more... at this stage anyway.

Any other sport and you'd see the adminstration sacked. The selectors have lost the plot. Too matey with the players and not prepared to make the tough decision. The Matt Hayden decision you say? They would have been lynched had they picked him any longer.

Here's an easy tip for profit - keep laying the Aussies until the betting world works out we are no longer good enough to be favourite in matches against half-decent opposition. If you can't handle barracking against the team, then put a trade in to close out for a tidy profit when the other side becoems favourite. But remember, the head should always over-rule the heart when it comes to betting.

Comments

  1. There is no place for WAGS in a successful team environment!

    Looks like you were in the money with Hughes. Maybe not South Africa though...

    An Aussie win was $3.55 at the toss (T2 - Durban).

    Cheers,
    Ben

    ReplyDelete
  2. This kid is damn good, I tipped him to a few Pommy friends as the player to watch for the Ashes back in October.

    Mr Cricket on PuntingAce has summed up this series pretty well. He said Sth Africa would struggle being the hunted, rather than the hunter. Good call. I'm just laying the draw rather than being patriotic/unpatriotic.

    ReplyDelete

Post a comment

Thanks for your comments, but if you're a spammer, you've just wasted your time - it won't get posted.

Popular posts from this blog

lay the field - my favourite racing strategy

Dabbling with laying the field in-running at various prices today, not just one price, but several in the same race. Got several matched in the previous race at Brighton, then this race came along at Nottingham. Such a long straight at Nottingham makes punters often over-react and think the finish line is closer than it actually is. As you can see by the number of bets matched, there was plenty of volatility in this in-play market. It's rare you'll get a complete wipe-out with one horse getting matched at all levels, but it can happen, so don't give yourself too much risk...

The Melbourne Cup preview 2019

We're back again for the greatest race on turf, the world's richest staying race and the only race in the world which creates a public holiday for millions of locals.




Once again a fine international field has been assembled and it's worth a deep look at the race. So get a cuppa and find a comfortable seat to plough your way through my preview!

--------------------------------

The Lexus Melbourne Cup
Group 1, Handicap, 3200m
AUD 7,750,000
Flemington 1500 local, 0400 GMT
Broadcasters - Network 10 (AUS), Racing.com (worldwide), SkySportsRacing (UK)


1. Cross Counter
Trainer - Charlie Appleby (one previous Cup win)
Jockey - William Buick
Breeding - Teofilo - Waitress
Drawn 5, Weight 57.5kg

Last year's impressive winner who doesn't get the 3yo weight advantage this time. Won first up at Meydan in March but has run fourth, third, fourth in the big set weights staying races in England and Ireland, never quite making it as the next big staying star. While running close behind Stradivar…

Westow Stakes - York 16/5/19

The sun was out for a glorious opening day of the meeting, and races down the straight appeared to have no concerns about draw bias. Thursday's card has a few higher profile races but this 3yo sprint is worth watching closely, tomorrow and for future form.



British Stallion Studs EBF Westow Stakes
£50k, Listed & Class 1, 3yo, 5f
York 1605

Soldier's Call - flying machine, winning four of six starts in Britain last season, running third in the Prix L'Abbaye, beaten a neck at WFA then finished sixth as joint favourite in the BC Juvenile Turf Sprint. Has plenty on these on ratings, but life's rarely that simple with unexposed 3yos early in the season.

Broken Spear - more exposed than most of these and well beaten by Garrus first up. Missed Chester last week, probably due to the rain (or a poor draw). Pass.

Charming Kid - won at this meeting last season but has been a little erratic ever since. Well beaten on AW Championships Day, appears to be a few lengths off these.

Garrus -…