Australia in South Africa 2011-12 November 12, 2011

There was panic in Australia change-room - Watson

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Shane Watson, Australia's vice-captain, has conceded that there was panic in the change-rooms as Australia capitulated to 9 for 21 on the second day in Cape Town. And Watson said he struggled to switch on while batting that afternoon after taking five wickets in Australia's earlier demolition of South Africa for 96.

It was only thanks to a last-wicket partnership between Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle that Australia avoided being dismissed for less than 26, the all-time lowest Test innings, a record that still belongs to the New Zealand team of the 1950s. But being bowled out for 47 was still a disaster and led to a crushing eight-wicket defeat.

That was an unthinkable result after Australia led by 188 after the first innings. The batsmen knew that even another 150 runs would be difficult for South Africa to chase and they played accordingly: flat-footed and with flashing bats, trying for the boundaries that would quickly extend Australia's advantage and put the game beyond the reach of the hosts.

Instead, wicket after wicket kept falling. Within ten overs, the No. 8 Ryan Harris was at the crease. Within 18 overs, the innings was finished.

"There's no doubt there was panic," Watson said. "Just seeing the scoreboard ... it was horrendous really, to be able to think we were 9 for 21 is a complete and utter disaster. I think that is a time in the change-rooms when you do panic.

"I think my mindset was wrong. My mindset was like it always is, aggressive, but I also had to make sure I got through a certain period of time because I knew the ball was still swinging and seaming around enough to be able to put doubt in your mind [as to] where the ball's going to be.

"There's no doubt that my mindset, in the end, was wrong. Unfortunately I think if all our batsmen look back, our mindsets were wrong and how we approached it. We definitely thought that we were going to be able to get a decent total and unfortunately we got nowhere near that."

Part of the problem for Australia stemmed from the early dismissal of Watson, who fell lbw off the third ball of the innings after failing to review an lbw that Hawk-Eye showed would have gone over the stumps. Watson had just taken 5 for 17 and he said it was difficult to switch to batting so quickly after his work with the ball.

"It does a little bit [make it harder] but it's no excuse," he said. "After getting five wickets, you don't have any time to soak it in and re-approach your batting. Before I knew it I was back in the pavilion. It's a balancing act to mentally switch off my bowling and wait to enjoy it until after the day's play. That's something I need to do better because when I have got wickets or bowled quite a bit I haven't scored any runs."

Watson hasn't scored a Test century in more than a year, and as the senior opening partner alongside Phillip Hughes, it's a trend that he needs to rectify. However, Watson said the issue of adjusting his mindset would still be a factor even if he was batting further down the order.

"It's part of being an allrounder, whether I'm opening the batting or in the top five or six I still need to find a way to switch back to my batting," he said. "As an opener, you need to switch on quicker and I haven't been able to find that balance to be able to get going again once I've bowled. I have to make it work."

The Watson-Hughes partnership has failed to scale any significant heights, with both men generally relying on a confident, attacking style. Watson said that while Australia had missed Simon Katich's poise at the top of the order, the side had moved on.

"Simon, when he batted, did a brilliant job for Australia for a three or four-year period," he said. "There's no doubt we miss that in a way but we've moved on from that, so now me and Phil have to set up our own partnership and unfortunately we haven't been able to keep going at all."

Watson was one of five Australia players who took part in an optional training session at Newlands on Saturday, on what was supposed to be the fourth day of the Test. Australia will hit the nets in Cape Town again on Sunday, before flying to Johannesburg on Monday.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RandyOZ on November 15, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Haddin has to go, that's the simple fact.

  • Amol_Gh on November 14, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    @Masud Vorajee: I could have understood if it was about the current Australian team but u actually said ***Dravid, Kallis and Tendulkar*** are temperamental players ??!! Is it supposed to be a joke or something ??

  • tdobbo on November 14, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Mannix, yes you are missing something. It was terrible batting, especially from the Saffers because they were batting against perhaps the worst Aussie bowling attack in memory.

  • Mannix16 on November 14, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    ICC is such a joke. Australia plays Sri Lanka on a Galle pitch that takes 5 days to create respond and the pitch is deemed to be unfit. Game played in South Africa in which scores of 75 and 45 are made and the game ends in less than 2.5 days and the pitch is praised. Am I missing something here?

  • on November 14, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Ok, so Watson reckons he failed 'cos he didn't have enough time to switch over to batting. Assuming he'd batted at no. 6 then, would the extra 5 minutes he'd had made much difference?

  • tdobbo on November 14, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    I thought the Aussies would send over Doug the Rug to strengthen their batting.

  • gzawilliam on November 14, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Well Watson is hinting to himself to drop down the order. Cannot switch on properly for opening after bowling. Tell tale sign he needs to drop down the order. We need someone with some grunt down the mid order anyway. watson needs to be spared this hard task and get dedicated openers a chance.. Not warner though. Bring over klinger , davis , daniel harris , anyone with a better temperment than warner.

  • Meety on November 14, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    @ hyclass - I agree 100% with the 5 minute attention span - but I thought Haddin was woeful with the bat. I've been a long term fan of his & I think he was a great follow up to Gilchrest. The way he got out in BOTH innings is systematic of the way he has been getting out for a while now & with Wade tearing it up in the Shield, I would of had Wade on the plane instead of Warner. Which actually brings me to the point of "Why is Warner being sent over?" - Khawaja is already there. Unless there is a training mishap, its Marsh out - Khawaja in!

  • Raginggbull on November 13, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    21/9 : Aus need to think.. BUT there is no place to speculate the whole team by a single innings. Letz see the upcoming scenes guyz.

  • Aussasinator on November 13, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    It was an overwhelming performance by SA, smarting under their first innings low score. SA is a far superior team and they will steamroll the Oz in the next test. Aussies wont be able to bowl them out once with this bowling attack. I see that there's too much talk only abt what the Aussies must do but few have praised the thoroughly superior show by a great bowling attack and the ominous touch of the SA openers.

  • RandyOZ on November 15, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    Haddin has to go, that's the simple fact.

  • Amol_Gh on November 14, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    @Masud Vorajee: I could have understood if it was about the current Australian team but u actually said ***Dravid, Kallis and Tendulkar*** are temperamental players ??!! Is it supposed to be a joke or something ??

  • tdobbo on November 14, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Mannix, yes you are missing something. It was terrible batting, especially from the Saffers because they were batting against perhaps the worst Aussie bowling attack in memory.

  • Mannix16 on November 14, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    ICC is such a joke. Australia plays Sri Lanka on a Galle pitch that takes 5 days to create respond and the pitch is deemed to be unfit. Game played in South Africa in which scores of 75 and 45 are made and the game ends in less than 2.5 days and the pitch is praised. Am I missing something here?

  • on November 14, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Ok, so Watson reckons he failed 'cos he didn't have enough time to switch over to batting. Assuming he'd batted at no. 6 then, would the extra 5 minutes he'd had made much difference?

  • tdobbo on November 14, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    I thought the Aussies would send over Doug the Rug to strengthen their batting.

  • gzawilliam on November 14, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Well Watson is hinting to himself to drop down the order. Cannot switch on properly for opening after bowling. Tell tale sign he needs to drop down the order. We need someone with some grunt down the mid order anyway. watson needs to be spared this hard task and get dedicated openers a chance.. Not warner though. Bring over klinger , davis , daniel harris , anyone with a better temperment than warner.

  • Meety on November 14, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    @ hyclass - I agree 100% with the 5 minute attention span - but I thought Haddin was woeful with the bat. I've been a long term fan of his & I think he was a great follow up to Gilchrest. The way he got out in BOTH innings is systematic of the way he has been getting out for a while now & with Wade tearing it up in the Shield, I would of had Wade on the plane instead of Warner. Which actually brings me to the point of "Why is Warner being sent over?" - Khawaja is already there. Unless there is a training mishap, its Marsh out - Khawaja in!

  • Raginggbull on November 13, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    21/9 : Aus need to think.. BUT there is no place to speculate the whole team by a single innings. Letz see the upcoming scenes guyz.

  • Aussasinator on November 13, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    It was an overwhelming performance by SA, smarting under their first innings low score. SA is a far superior team and they will steamroll the Oz in the next test. Aussies wont be able to bowl them out once with this bowling attack. I see that there's too much talk only abt what the Aussies must do but few have praised the thoroughly superior show by a great bowling attack and the ominous touch of the SA openers.

  • M-S-R on November 13, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Had it been BD, 47 all out by 18 overs in a test match, ICC wold have been meeting in Dubai to get rid of test status from BD!

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    yes, Australian were played some bad cricket in there second innings, but m sure they come hard in second test, in my view no need to change the sqard, just go and play some aggresive stroke against Steyn, once u attack there best bowler they r in backfoot, still australian hav the best attack in there bolwling , mitch must be fire in this very fast ball, m sure ki ricky must score a hundred in the first innings, i saw he played some good defence in the first innings and he has the quality to destroy any bowler in any time, just play some aggresive stroke and show to the world ki how good u r, i was shocked to see 47, watson and ricky are the two guys to looking at in second test, just wait n see how they spoil the proteas bowling attack, i dont think steyn, morkel and phillender have the quality to destroy oz batting attack again, they are not like india to be surrender quickly, just a bad day that was, smitch dont be over excited , he must know how ricky play and waht is his ability.

  • wardyinoz on November 13, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    @michael dickson. siddle express pace at 155kph, are you joking. he couldn't bowl 155 if you put him on the back of a ferrari. 145 now and then but he his a medium fast at best. johnson is quicker and can reach good speeds but that doesn't really matter when he is spraying it all over the shop. steve finn is consistantly the fastest bowler around. his stock ball is over 150kph/93mph

  • bumsonseats on November 13, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    siddle good pace but does not do anything with the bowl a good honest pro. bollinger is a strange case. iv only seen him once live in state cricket and he looked good hes lippy so gives the batter mouth. and on tv ipl looks good he always seems to me that he should get wickets and as a lefty even more so, he bowls at the stumps, unlike johnson who bowls 90%of his deliveries wide of the off stump and the other 10% wide of leg. bollinger may spend more time out of the test team than in it. maybe its his fittness as in the last ashes more than a few times looked knacked. dpk

  • Zahidsaltin on November 13, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Let ACSU look in to this match

  • landl47 on November 13, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    I think RandyOz has got it right. Aus need two men batting at#7, two at #8 and three at #11. That not only gives Aus 15 batsmen, but two spinners, five pacemen (to take the load off Watson) and two W/Ks in case one has a bad game. The side does look a little unbalanced, though: I'd be inclined to risk going with 4 pacemen and pick another opener ( Warner, say) so that Aus has 7 batsmen in the top 6. I think that 15 could definitely challenge the 11 of any of the top 3 sides.

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Watson must bat at No.4 or No.6 - he is not an opener material and dont waste it there. Try Hughes & Khawaja. Ponting should go as well, he is not the temperamental player like Dravid, Kallis, Tendulkar. He is more like Richards - eye and hand combination - which goes with the age. Hughes, Khawaja, Marsh, Clarke, Hussey, Watson, Wade / Paine / Haddin, Harris, Lyon, Siddle, Copeland / Cummins

    Johnson should go!

  • on November 13, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Bad luck Australia but I am sure they will bounce back soon

  • allblue on November 13, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    As an outsider, I think Australian cricket has been in a state of denial for several years now. The great team has long gone, Test cricket is difficult again and just being Australia is not enough to win Test matches. Above all, in the absence of once in a generation super-talents, what is needed is character, fighters. Siddle is not the best bowler around, but he's got that strength, Mitchell Johnson, palpably, has not. England kept picking Harmison on past glories and the hope that once in a while he'd win us a game. Ditching him was a weight off the team and I think the same applies to Johnson. Hughes hasn't the technique for Test cricket, Ponting looks shot and just as Bell was sacrificed after England's 51 all out debacle Haddin's ridiculous shot should cost him his place. Pick a spinner and stick with him for heaven's sake. Above all, a change in mindset. A return to Border's late 80s scrappers, make yourselves hard to beat first. Stop fiddling while Rome burns.

  • on November 13, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Definitely that was like a disaster. Pup have to re-think about their strategies & also about the squad. These Hughes & Haddin nothing had great past & still there is no sign of great future. Regarding Mitch at least he had some good memories of last tour. Peter Siddle is also looking out of form. Well then time comes for Great Punter. What to do with him? I think Pup should leave this decision on Punter itself. We are confident that he(Punter) will definitely do what is better for his team. Aussie go ahead!!!!!!!!!!!

  • St3v0 on November 13, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    SA was the better team, while SA did have better bowling conditions in general the win was setup by Smith and Amla at the end of day 2. Which were the same conditions as when AUS scored 47. SA had an advantage in the test but not an 8 wicket advantage!

  • x-squire-x on November 13, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    @ Michael Dickson, since his injury Siddle is not as fast as he used to be. Both he and Johnson are capable of reaching the speeds you mentioned, but are not capable of maintaining it, especially with consistant line and length...Steyn can. And since you wish to compare them here are some stats: Steyn avg per Wkt - 23, strike rate 39. Siddle avg - 32, SR 63. Johnson avg - 31, SR 55.

  • gogoldengreens on November 13, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Watson has just admitted that he cannot be both an all rounder as well as an opening batsman as he cannot switch mindset quick enough between innings so drop him down to #4 as Clarke & Hussey have made their best runs at 5 & 6 (both fail when they come up the order). It also will give him time to recoupe before bowling in the next innings as if Watson was batting at 6 or 7 he would be batting with the tail reguarly which would not give him much of break at the end of an innings

  • hyclass on November 13, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Im astonished to see individuals being blamed.When a team has been bowled out for 47,there is a far deeper malaise than just cricketing skill & application. Hussey,Australias best performed player of recent times made 1 & 0. Clarke made a 100 in the 1st innings & both Clarke & Hughes finished SL with Test 100s.Haddin was excellent during the Ashes & outstanding during the WC.People havent got past their 5 minute attention span & being sucked in by headlines.Australia is in the grip of the Argus Reviews recommendations.It couldnt be more unsettled. Its the most damning indictment & upheaval of CA ever & Watsons book highlights the anarchy at CA & the effect its had on the players.This SA squad was selected & is being run by that same CA administration.It will not be until after SA that a fresh start can be made.It is not the players fault.They deserve sympathy & support,not vitriol. Also,after months on the sub-continent,theyve played on 2 extremely difficult wickets in a row in SA.

  • Patchmaster on November 13, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Interesting pitches make interesting matches, hence the sub continent is a run fest bore. I would rather watch a match like this where ball dominates bat any day. Bring back uncovered pitches !

  • Srini_Indian on November 13, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Aus bowlers are not skillful. They are just heavily built, one dimensional back of the length smashers. They don't know how to swing, seam the ball even in helpful conditions!!! Enough said

  • Srini_Indian on November 13, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    @Robster1: The actual truth is both SA and Aus who brought up in so called 'hard and bouncy wickets' have no clue to play swinging ball or a spinning ball. 96 all out in helpful home conditions and 21/9??? Enough said!!!

  • wardyinoz on November 13, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    @michael dickson. siddle 155kph. are you joking? he can bearly reach 145, and that is very infrequently, he is medium fast at best! johnson is quicker and has reached 155 but it doesnt really matter when he is spraying left and right. steven finn is probably the most consistant FAST bowler at the moment bowling over 150 as his stock ball.

  • FatBoysCanBat on November 13, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    "Watson was one of five Australia players who took part in an optional training session at Newlands on Saturday," you would think that after their performance every one of those eleven players would have turned up to try to rectify their performance. The only player with an excuse not to be there was Clarke [after his spectacular ton] but being captain I think he would have participated to set an example. And Cummins, Copeland, and Khawaja most likely were the other 3.

  • rockee1980 on November 13, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    shocking collapse by aus....surely the sub-continental teams handle pace bowling better than the aussies and proteas

  • Desihungama on November 13, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    87 against Pakistan in England and now 47 against SA. Australian cricket is on a major downhill. England, India and Pakistan are going to dominate next few years with SA always lurking around.

  • Romenevans on November 13, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Choker's tag shifting to Aussies, nothing else!

  • skkh on November 13, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Unfortunately this is not a one off incident. In the recent past Aussies have done the same thrice, once in England, next in Melbourne last summer and now. As such I am afraid this bunch of players are prone to repeat this again in the future. Hard decisions should be made. Ponting has had a long and illustrious career, but it is time now for him to bow out with grace. Haddin is a disgrace and should make way for Paine/Wade. Johnson will never be a strike bowler and should be dropped like hot lead. Hughes has had his fair share and should go back to shield cricket. Warner, Usman, Cummins and Paine/Wade are the need of the hour. We may not win for some time but with time these youngsters would take Aussies ahead. Lastly we would appreciate Watson to stop complaining of the burden of bowling and batting if he really wants to be a real all rounder like Kallis.

  • sabee66 on November 13, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Ponting needs rest now, We desparately need Khuwaja in the squad, i dont know why the selectors are not looking at the bigger picture ...........Future, Get Uzzie in now

  • azzaman333 on November 13, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    I really like Watson as an opener, but if he's struggling to switch on for his batting he has to go down the order. Come the first test against NZ, we should drop Ponting and Hughes, move Watson to 4, and bring Warner and Rogers in to open.

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Australia made a huge mistake of keeping out

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Tough luck, Australia. South Africa in the end was the better side but boy, what a test match! It's a pity I couldn't watch it live but followed it on cricinfo.However, the Australians can bounce back.They need to, and fast.

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    I can't believe people are calling on Bollinger to come back. 8 wickets against SA, Eng, Ind, SL, yeh we want him in the side don't we? Gimme a break. I have the new team for us. Hughes, Khawaja, Marsh, Hussey, Clarke, Watto, Wade/Paine, Lyon/OKeefe, Harris, Copeland, Pattinson/Cummins/George.

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    And we thought that only West Indies could do that colapse-limbo. Our lead was less than 100 and we did get 5 wickets. If we had that lead we would have cleaned up

  • eshwarmv on November 13, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    A bizarre test match, which clearly lightens the fact that even top teams struggle when the ball seems and swings. Morkel is a bowler who does not attack the stumps. Nobody seems to have noticed. A couple of boundaries and he starts to bowl well outside off-stump. His height and SA pitches have been saving from a poor bowling card. Siddle has great strength and fitness, but does not swing the ball. Otherwise he looks a bright prospect for AUS.

  • Diesel4lyf on November 13, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Those that say that warner is only a 20/20 specialist. Look at his first class average. Though he has only played a dozen matches, you can't ignore an average of 60.

  • Robster1 on November 13, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    The very best test matches are those in which ball slightly dominates the bat. Thank you the Newlands curator. And no thanks to Indian batathon bore draw wickets.

  • on November 13, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    x-squire-x, If Siddle isn't express pace, then what is, 155km/h?? Hardly anyone bowls at that speed in test cricket. Siddle bowls regularly at 140-150km/h, that IS express pace. Steyn bowls the same speeds, so does Johnson and Morkel.

  • on November 13, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    I've been a strong backer of Watson opening, he's done a good job there, however as time goes I don't see him as a viable test match opening batsman, his attacking style will serve him well opening in limited overs cricket. I've seen a couple of people suggesting their teams and I'm beginning to like the idea of Warner and Khawja at the top of the order in test cricket. Hughes clearly doesn't cut it at test level and until he learns to leave the ball, then he never will. Marsh at three, Hussey is a proven performer at number four, Clarke in his position at five and then Watson coming in to capitalise on an older ball at six, where he can dominate an attack and use his attacking style to his advantage. Haddin's two innings in the first test were abysmal. He needs to sort himself out quick smart or Tim Paine will be in the team faster than our second innings. Johnson has to make way for Copeland. While I like the look of Nathan Lyon, Steve O'Keefe is clealry the best spinner in Australia

  • on November 13, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Were we simply outplayed by South Africa they won toss, chose to bowl first. They bowled in the right conditions, whn they bowled us out for 47, it was cloudy and whenever australia bowled ( despite RSA's first innings) it was sun, espically in the 4th innings. Australia need to reconsider, Watson said it was hard so MOVE HIM DOWN THE ORDER and give him time to recooperate. Marsh is a opener and thats why he is there. Why did katich get dropped, so they can build for an ashes opener ? well how botu dropping haddin so we can get a new keeper in and get him experienced. Haddin has failed too many times and hasn't got a century in ages. I understand Paine is injured and Mathhew Wade recentlys cored a centruy in sheffield shield so bring him in. Johnson was terrible and he wa slucky to get that wicket off a flashy amla at the end of the innings. Fair enough for lyon it wasn't a a spinning pitch and siddle should stay along with harris and johnson as wanderes suit pacemen. Good luck to Aus.

  • bombers2008 on November 13, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    might be a good idea to get rid of haddin and bring in tim paine, the shot haddin played to get out in second innings was shameful but typical of a N.S.W. has been. instead of putting in N.S.W. players after just a few first class matches, look around the whole country and bring in some real cricketers. 47 all out is a disgrace but i still had to laugh. guess we will be putting up with this sort of thing for a few more years yet.

  • featurewriter on November 12, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Since our resurrection at the international level back in the mid-1990s, Australia has been notoriously bad at mismanaging top-tier domestic talent; particularly batsmen. Stuart Law, Brad Hodge, Martin Love all come to mind as players who never received the opportunity they should have with the immense talent they possessed. While Matt Hayden, Darren Lehman and Damien Martyn were all very poorly managed at early stages in their careers; while players like Mark Waugh were allowed to prosper. (Waugh was unquestionably talented, but he lacked the desire and the discipline to turn that talent into a 50+ average.) We need to bring Warner into the fold now. I love Punter, but sadly I think his time has come. I'd like to see Butterworth or McDonald into the team, and I think Haddin needs to go. A keeper's batting inadequacies are heightened when the rest of the team doesn't perform well. And he's not keeping well anyway. Paine or Wade for me. Bowling stocks are good. But bring back Hauritz.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 12, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    21-9 is a freak. Being rolled over for under 100 is becoming a bad habit and one that needs to be broken soon if Australia are to challenge the better sides, let alone the best. Since beating New Zealand 2-0 in Mach 2010 their results have been: 1-1 v Pakistan (in Emgland); lost 2-0 in India; lost 3-1 against England at home; won 1-0 in Sri Lanka; and now able, at best, only to draw this series. It's not exactly a great sequence, although the win in Sri Lanka was a good result. They have been tough series against tough opponents, but the Australians are losing series that they would have won previously and the selectors seem to be struggling to think clearly (Hughes is in and out constantly, the spinner changes every series - sometimes several times, the quicks come and go) and there are even calls to play someone like Warner (who is a T20 specialist) in Tests!!! The selections for the Ashes were bizarre and seem to be getting worse.

  • skill on November 12, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Here's my top 6: 1) Warner 2) Khawaja 3) Marsh 4) Clarke 5) Hussey 6) Watson

    Too late for Katich to be brought back now, especially with Clarke as captain. As much as I hate to say it, Ponting looks past it. Hughes can't stop getting caught behind and Warner appears to have a much more solid technique. Khawaja bats high in the order for NSW and will complement Warner nicely in at the top. Leave Marsh at 3, he has excellent temperament and the ability to attack or defend depending on the situation, import for first drop. Clarke and Hussey are shoo-ins, which leaves Watson at 6, which is where he belongs!

  • kabe_ag7 on November 12, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    @5wombats - How have India been sore losers? Their only major loss was in England recently. What did they do that made them sour losers? By behaving themselves on the field?

  • on November 12, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    marcus north???? why on earth would you pick him again?????

  • x-squire-x on November 12, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Australia's problems run deep. First off all they lack a quality spinner, and one seems to be picked because its fashionable to have one in the side rather than on ability. Second the pace attack is similar and predictable, Johnson is seriously inconsistant, and Siddle only really moves the ball into the right hander, neither is express, and neither really pose a threat unless there is help from the pitch. The batting also lacks balance, there is no solid experienced opener now that they prematurely got rid of Katich. Watson is not an opener and should be at 6, while Ponting needs to be on the giolf course.

  • Go_Blue on November 12, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    ha ha! That's the first time i heard from an all-rounder that he enjoys his bowling so much that it becomes difficult to switch to batting mindset after bowling! Excuses excuses!

  • bumsonseats on November 12, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    ur right jonesy2 in a 2 test series thats a possibility. will it happen. i hope so dont want those saffers getting to close to england. then by the uk summer eng v sa. will be to see either england retain or the saffers go top of test league. dpk

  • on November 12, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    still funny how SA's 96 got overshadowed. :P

  • asgowtham on November 12, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    Here's my top 6 for Aus: 1) Warner/Hughes 2) Katich 3) Marsh/Khawaja 4) Clarke 5) Hussey 6) Watson

  • 5wombats on November 12, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    @Younus313 - the 98 was at Melbourne :-). @Sujoy Banik; "australia were never loved as champions"... LOL - and you think india were loved when they were champions do you? LOL. I'd ease off with that; "always sore losers. double standards aplenty too" - because some neutrals might easily think you were referring to india. Looking at the way india played in England I'd say india deserved every bit of that humiliation. The 4-0 humiliation came because of their mindsets - india fans have NOTHING to crow about regarding mindsets. "Double standards"- boy you said it.

  • liaqathussain on November 12, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    watson has become a decent bat, but as some1 also mentioned if all catches presented where taken in watsons early career he wouldnt even be in the test squad,,

  • subbass on November 12, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    I believe this is the 3rd time OZ has been bowled out for less than 100 in Tests in the last 12 months. I still think they will beat India in the up coming Test series but it's hard to see a way back for them in this very short series, in fact 2-0 is most certainly on, SA look very good. England will have a job beating them next summer in England, I hope they do, but the SA bowling looks very good now Philander is in the side, he looks much better than Tstobe(sp?) and with Tahir as the leggie it will be tough. I guess Englands strong lower order batting will be a key, should be plenty of wickets in that series also, which is what makes Test cricket so great !

  • spence1324 on November 12, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    @M-ILIND, ha ha no sir! thats was the indian mentality in england.

  • faces4u on November 12, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    What I hear you saying is that getting rid of Katich was a mistake,the unfortunate thing is these selectors dont have the class to admit a mistake, selectorship panels and boards around the world haye too many guys who has never been and dont realy understand the game.

  • Younus313 on November 12, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    A freak anomaly??? Australia knocked over for 88 by Pakistan @ Headingley [July 2010]...Australia knocked over for 98 @ Adelaide [December 2010]...Yep, freak anomalies!!!

  • teo. on November 12, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments... Aus still have the mindset where they think that after getting into a good position... they can have a crack and win easily... but the reality is they DON'T have the caliber of players that were capable of doing this in the past...

  • jonesy2 on November 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    whats the bet australia win the next test and they are back on track. haters gonna hate. sad people you are

  • gyananyakbbsr on November 12, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    i think bollinger & katich should brought to the team.lyon should axed.marcous north is also a good choice.,i'm feeling that there r also some political reasons like india.

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    all the inidans are happy but not for so long mates cuz ozzies will bounce bak and in aussies down under they gona woop indian team for sure and in the end of the series, the score is gona be 4-0 hahaha.... GO ozzies go

  • PACERONE on November 12, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Watson has served his time.If all the chances given by him at the start of his innings as an opening batsman were accepted he would be batting at #6.He is a good cricketer.Katich would of been more stubborn than the present pair.But who cares it is good to see mighty teams fail.

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    australia were never loved as champions. they were the most uncouth and always sore losers. double standards aplenty too. this humiliation came because of their mindsets,thats true. they should have known that the mindset of a gilchrist or a hayden couldnt work with lesser talents like these guys(esp the likes of haddin). they tried the shots that gilchrist would play, but it takes supreme talent,ability and confidence to pull them off. they deserve every bit of this humiliation. i just hope india does the same to them in aus.

  • gazelle79 on November 12, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @Mark Demos , Yes , 47 all out was freakish ; but there were pointers even before this . Australia have been out for less than 100 on 2 other occasions in the past year or so . To Pakistan in Headingley ( or was it Edgbaston ? ) and against England in the Ashes . It's safe to say this shouldn't be dismissed as just a one off .

  • manish666 on November 12, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    i am an indian..bt closely follow australians..BRING BACK KATICH...huges is nt even half as talanted n expert in opening an innings as katich...mitch should have been dropped long back...how on earth can you ignore someone like bollinger...ponting will surely bounce back...not an inch of doubt...IT WAS A WAKE CALL FOR KANGAROOS..

  • m_ilind on November 12, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    The Aussies still think that they can enter the field and wallop the opposition, or just roll them over! It's a mentality they will need to change if they have to improve their ranking in Tests.

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    wanna see more oz humiliation go proteas.......................

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Is it end of Ponting ?Hope India also heaps such humilating defeat on Aussies Down Under when they tour....Best of Luck Mahi.

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    clarke. this is damaging to australia. it is not a game. a national disgrace. replace mitchel, haddin and lyon right now

  • cool2cool on November 12, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @cricLover_123: Don't worry about what happened to India in England. India has already bounced back and (thogh at home) won ODI series against England and are up 1-0 against WI in tests. This article is regarding SA-Australia tests, and I don't know why people like to drag India everywhere.

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    m amazed... i really wanted them to set new record... as they always does... bt alas...!! it dint happen... :D bt 'twas nice feeling altogether :)

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    @cricLover_123 - Why is India being pulled into this? They weren't even taking part in the game. It's better to focus on the cricket going in the current series.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on November 12, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Time. That is what you need to switch back on to batting. And if he is going to bowl more which he should given his recent results he has to bat lower at 6. Funnily enough the reverse situation is true if a bowler has made some runs and is pumped it is often a good idea to throw them the ball first up and give them a go.

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on November 12, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Wow , amazing. never thought i would see it, in my lifetime , though i craved for such an end to australia.A well deserved humiliation.

  • Mary_786 on November 12, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Drop Hughes, get Khawaja into the side, we cannot have an opening batsman who gets out early consistently and exposes the number 3 or 4 batsmen.

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    This was a freak anomaly. It happens once every 100 years. There is no explanation for it other than it was freakish. SA bowled exceptionally well. Aust had brain and shot seizures. It was an amazing spectacle to watch and I will always remember it knowing it it just life. If Aus or SA take this match as anything but the freak for what it was, they will do so to their detriment.

  • Winsome on November 12, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Do Michael Clarke and Shane Watson mean or believe anything they say anymore? They seem to be turning into reality tv celebs with the same attitude to the media.

  • DAN22 on November 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Happy to call the Aussies wrong...Katich was important...Marsh should be the other opener...Watson should be coming in at No 6/7...Ponting should continue as every team needs a Legend ...Mitchell Johnson should be out as Irfan Pathan has been for India...Bollinger should be in!!! Australia should realise that honest triers like Katich and Bollinger are more important than talented upstarts like Johnson, Hughes!!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    should give ponting another chance to prove himself as the best batsmen on the planet he is the 3rd highest run getter in test and 2nd in odis

  • cricLover_123 on November 12, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    People , there was far more embarrassing situation when india got white washed against england..... I am sure australia will bounce back, so dont worry about what happened

  • bumsonseats on November 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    re the lbw his partner should have been more helpfull with that revue. if i remember right he did walk down the wicket to hughes who should have more proactive, if it was going over the top. crazy bit of cricket by both. for without that i guess the score might have been bigger, then again perhaps not. dpk

  • podichetty on November 12, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    It's definitely Katich's curse on the present australian side.......hold katich responsible for this debacle.........good excuse, ain't it !

  • Rockyyyims on November 12, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    well !! its something that can't be easily ignored...getting out for less 50..!! australia taught the modern world how to play test cricket really...we want australia to be back where once it was..!! the world needs it..!!

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  • Rockyyyims on November 12, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    well !! its something that can't be easily ignored...getting out for less 50..!! australia taught the modern world how to play test cricket really...we want australia to be back where once it was..!! the world needs it..!!

  • podichetty on November 12, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    It's definitely Katich's curse on the present australian side.......hold katich responsible for this debacle.........good excuse, ain't it !

  • bumsonseats on November 12, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    re the lbw his partner should have been more helpfull with that revue. if i remember right he did walk down the wicket to hughes who should have more proactive, if it was going over the top. crazy bit of cricket by both. for without that i guess the score might have been bigger, then again perhaps not. dpk

  • cricLover_123 on November 12, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    People , there was far more embarrassing situation when india got white washed against england..... I am sure australia will bounce back, so dont worry about what happened

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    should give ponting another chance to prove himself as the best batsmen on the planet he is the 3rd highest run getter in test and 2nd in odis

  • DAN22 on November 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Happy to call the Aussies wrong...Katich was important...Marsh should be the other opener...Watson should be coming in at No 6/7...Ponting should continue as every team needs a Legend ...Mitchell Johnson should be out as Irfan Pathan has been for India...Bollinger should be in!!! Australia should realise that honest triers like Katich and Bollinger are more important than talented upstarts like Johnson, Hughes!!!

  • Winsome on November 12, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Do Michael Clarke and Shane Watson mean or believe anything they say anymore? They seem to be turning into reality tv celebs with the same attitude to the media.

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    This was a freak anomaly. It happens once every 100 years. There is no explanation for it other than it was freakish. SA bowled exceptionally well. Aust had brain and shot seizures. It was an amazing spectacle to watch and I will always remember it knowing it it just life. If Aus or SA take this match as anything but the freak for what it was, they will do so to their detriment.

  • Mary_786 on November 12, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Drop Hughes, get Khawaja into the side, we cannot have an opening batsman who gets out early consistently and exposes the number 3 or 4 batsmen.

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on November 12, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Wow , amazing. never thought i would see it, in my lifetime , though i craved for such an end to australia.A well deserved humiliation.