The Ashes 2013-14 December 19, 2013

Australia should soak up success - it might not last

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia have dominated the Ashes but talk of a golden dawn may be premature. Geoff Lemon, blogging on the Guardian, identifies how Australia are a far more ageing side than some realise and that it is unlikely this current crop of players will remain together for long enough to created a period of success - further rebuilding isn't far away.

In England earlier this year, the inclination was to cast Australia as the puppy-pawed youngster and England as the wily old dog. This narrative could then be stretched into the current series, in which the scarred veteran finally yielded to the virile new alpha canine. Aside from being tedious, the metaphor is well off the mark. The average age of England's Perth XI was 29 and a half. Australia's was a tick over 31.

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  • dunger.bob on December 20, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    I can see where he's coming from. We do have any older team and we do need to get some younger blokes in there soon. This series win may very well be a one off but you know what, I just don't care. .. the brand of cricket Aust. are playing atm is a beautiful example of how we think the game should be played and I'm going to take the authors advice and just live in the moment.

    There's a perception that we (Aus) have no depth in talent. We were bombarded with that during the English leg but it's not correct. Our fast bowling stocks are particularly healthy despite the horrendous injury toll with four or five young blokes turning heads. We even have a couple of decent spinners in the wings including a leggie with huge potential (Adam Zampa, look the kid up). .. The batting, admittedly, isn't as strong but there are signs that's on the improve as well. Every state has one or two younger players threatening to burst out of the pack and really put their hands up. .. We're in goodish shape.

  • xtrafalgarx on December 19, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    A cricketers perfomance and ability is not a negative linear progression with respect to age. In short, age is overrated. Tendulkar retired at 40, Ponting at 38, Hussey at 37 and was in the form of his life, Kallis still playing at 38.

    Look at Haddin, Harris, Clarke and Johnson. They are all playing at the top of their games and the younger counterparts in Pietersen, Swann, Anderson aren't. Nothing to do with age.

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