The Swagger is Back as Aussies Prepare to Bury Demons of 2005
Since the infamous 2005 Ashes defeat Australia has enjoyed a period of dominance that by anyone else in world cricket’s standards would be considered phenomenal.
The Test Team has won the ICC Super Series, away series wins in the West Indies and twice in South Africa, a home series clean sweep of England and Sri Lanka and a closely fought win over India.
In the shorter form of the game the Aussies won the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time in 2006 and their third straight One Day International World Cup in 2007.
Yes, this truly has been a period of great dominance but is the Australian public satisfied?
Still reeling from the loss of the Ashes four years ago and the subsequent scenes of jubilant celebrations in Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace the Aussie public will not be satisfied until our boys win in England.
Worryingly for England, neither will Ricky Ponting.
The 2009 series is evenly poised at one a piece after four matches however all the momentum is with the Australians after a crushing defeat of their old foe at Headingley inside two and a half days.
Ricky Ponting could hardly contain his delight in the post match press conference on Sunday.
“It’ll be difficult for them to bounce back now. Everything is heading in the right direction for us at exactly the right time in the tour.”
The swagger is back in the Aussie camp. Mitchell Johnson’s five for 69 in the second innings at Headingley has the focus on him for all the right reasons for the first time all tour. Shane Watson has produced three straight half centuries and Michael Clarke and Marcus North are in the form of their careers.
Whilst in the England camp Jimmy Anderson, Andrew Flintoff and Matt Prior are all under injury clouds and patience is running thin with Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell who along with Paul Collingwood combined for a total of16 runs over two innings in Headingley. Such an unacceptable performance makes it unlikely that the combination will be trusted for the decider.
The calls for wholesale changes in spite of Captain Andrew Strauss’ pleas for calm may prove too loud to ignore.
The Australian team and public alike are poised to bury the demons of 2005 and with that can come the adulation this all conquering team deserves.
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