Indian cricket analyst Krishna Tunga, http://allthatcricket.com/ looks at the numbers and believes Australia has lost its way in ODI cricket.
Here are his reasons based on the numbers:
Since winning the World Cup 2015, Australia have lacked any consistency. He points to a slightly better than 50% winning record 50 ODIs 25 wins.
What are some of the reasons behind these results which are lower than the previous periods –
- post WC2011 to WC 2015 – ODI wins (59.78%)
- post WC 2007 to WC 2011 – ODI wins (63.55%)
- post WC 2003 to WC 2007 – ODI wins (72.80%)
- post WC 1999 to WC 2003 – ODI wins (69.72%)
- Player turnover:
Selectors have been relentless in turning over players – some churn can be helpful, but too much can destabilise a team
- 35 players represented Australia since 2015
- 15 debuted which is second only to lowly ranked Sri Lanka(21)
- the playing XI hardly remained same .with the number. of injured and rested players, far less than dropped players.
- Batting weakness:
- Higher % of batters dismissed inside 3 overs compared with any other period of ODI cricket – 26.40%
- Bowling weakness:
- Under Steve Smith’s captaincy bowling has been the worst since WC 2015 compared with other Aussie captains and current ones of other nations
- A couple of key indicators are, taking 25 games as min qualification for Australian captain since 1998 –
Recent ODI’s in India – some key performance indicators of results.
We will review these numbers and this tournament prior to the ODI series in Australia.
Do the numbers lie?
Or is this trend changing for Australia?
Will such results have some bearing on the upcoming Ashes?
And how does the Australian women’s team compare, given their tussle for the Ashes series begins in October?
These are some of the questions that Krishna Tunga and I will answer over the coming months in our regular blog.
We look forward to your views and thoughts as the summer of cricket unfolds in Australia.
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