Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 5th day January 7, 2011

Clarke wants Australia to learn from England

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After seeing their world-beating game-plan improved on by England, Australia are now looking to their Ashes dominators to provide a way out this mess. For more than a decade Australia were the leaders in planning and innovation, but over the past couple of years they have gone into freefall.

England's 3-1 Ashes victory, their first Down Under since 1986-87, has provided Australia with another fierce reality check after a batch of them in 2010. "I think 100% we have to learn from what England did this series," Clarke said. "Their performance, not only with bat and ball, but in the field, was outstanding for a five-Test series. There's a great starting point to be able to turn up every day for five Tests, to perform as well as they did."

Clarke was in the unfortunate position of being in charge when the trophy was handed over, having replaced the injured Ricky Ponting for the final Test. He may have the job full-time if the selectors decide Ponting's time is up before the next tour of Sri Lanka in August, although Clarke loyally pledged his support to the official leader.

If Clarke takes over at least he knows what his side needs to do to succeed against the best teams. "It takes a lot of discipline, a lot of planning before the series," he said. "The [England] bowlers have executed their plans outstandingly against our batters and their batters have cashed in when we haven't bowled in the right areas. We do need to look at how England have played in this series and take a lot of notes from that."

The overall campaign was a poor one for Clarke, who performed so strongly in the 2006-07 and 2009 Ashes campaigns. Clarke, who managed only 193 runs at 21.44, said it felt like the lowest point of his career.

"Unfortunately I've lost a few Ashes series now and they're all pretty bad," he said. "But being the vice-captain of the Australian team, and having such a disappointing series with the bat, it probably is [the worst]."

Clarke, 29, has retired from Twenty20s to focus on improving his impact in the longer forms of the game, but he was asked whether he should hold his five-day spot for the Sri Lanka trip. "I would like to, I really hope so," he said. "Throughout this series I've played well in a couple of innings, but I couldn't go out and make a big score."

If he had the series over again he would have practised more against tall, fast bowlers before the first Test in Brisbane. He spent the early stages of the series being targeted by short-pitched deliveries when he was overcoming a back injury, and was unable to find any fluency.

Australia's lead-up included one-day games against Sri Lanka and a couple of domestic fixtures, while England were fine-tuning from the moment their home summer ended. They were better in all disciplines except wicketkeeping, where Brad Haddin and Matt Prior were evenly matched.

James Sutherland, Cricket Australia's chief executive, dismissed any criticism of the schedule having an influence on the result. "To point the finger at the preparation and suggest that was responsible for us losing the series 3-1 is rubbish," he said. "We actually played more Test cricket than England did in the two or three months leading into the Ashes series."

Clarke was hurt by the standard of the side's fielding and said the bowlers needed more patience and discipline. "That's what England have done throughout this series," he said, before offering his attack some sympathy.

"I feel a bit for the bowlers, because I know they've copped a lot of criticism throughout this series, but I think we as batters have to take a lot of responsibility as well," he said. "If you can put 400 runs on the board, as England have shown, your bowlers generally bowl a lot better than what we have. Putting 100, 200, 250 on the board and expecting the bowlers to get them out for that sort of target, I think we're asking a hell of a lot."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • vijujack on January 10, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Ponting's did in performance started with him being too nagative and whiny as was witnessed during the series against Indians in 2008. With all the backlash he has to swing the other way by being too nice and with it went the oz fighting spirit. The typical oz grit can be witnessed in Katich, Hussey, Haddin & Ponting - all the other seem to be ad-boys - want to look good on cam. Going for extravagant shots when playing solidly is the need, getting run-out trying to take quick singles are just two examples. The team needs openers, not just a makeshift pair- Katich & Watson would have done very well in the middle order, not at the top. Hughes head has been messed with already, so 2 new openers are required. Steven Smith was a joke with the way he played. Hauritz needs to be an integral part of the team and on the top of the agenda is minimising T20 and giving the Shield games more prominence and that will see the end of atrocious shot making. Forget about building a team, just rebuild.

  • vijujack on January 10, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Firstly, starting from Cricket Australia, selectors, coach, Ponting down to Clarke, everyone should stop pretending that all is ok except that they under performed. They need to be honest & admit that it was flawed selection to start with. Doherty had no business to be in the team & Beer too. Hauritz was cast aside for some inexplicable reason. And their batsmen need to know what test cricket is all about. Only Ponting was man enough to admit he failed. Clarke's attitude stinks by differing with the coach in saying that he will play to his natural ability. What has he done with his so called natural ability thus far? None of the batsmen were interested in seeing thru a session, play patient innings & build partnerships. The fielding wasn't good and the bowling was sub-par most times. Time for Australian cricket to look at the probs squarely in the face & let Greg Chappell rebuild the team. If only Ponting listened to him and dropped down the order....

  • landl47 on January 9, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    The writing was on the wall for Australia when they came into the Ashes series after a run of three test defeats and three losses in ODI series. Their captain, selectors and fans didn't want to believe it, but that was a true picture of how the Aussies were playing. Before the series I thought England's weakness was the lack of a 5th test class bowler, but Australia, apart from the Hussey/Haddin partnership in the first test, never made England spend long enough in the field for it to become a concern. England had 7 partnerships of 150 or more, including 2 for the first wicket and 2 for the second, whereas Aus had only that one. Aus need to get Ponting out, a new captain appointed, and start rebuilding. It's going to be a while before Aus get back to being a top test side- the cupboard looks pretty bare for the immediate future. Still, they have to start somewhere and now's the time.

  • tfjones1978 on January 8, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    "Clarke wants Australia to learn from England" Best thing you can do Clarke is to resign from test cricket and prove yourself back in Shield cricket (if you can get selected for NSW!). England know when to through out the dead weight. Aust MUST tour Bangladesh and take along a side to test their abilities or we are dead in the water as a cricketing country. Marsh, Hughes, Khawaja, White (capt), Cosgrove, Smith, Pain, Swan, Cameron, Butterworth, Faulkner and Beer (with one bowler sitting out). This will test our backup team. After the 2 test series against Bang, bring in M Hussey (drop 1 bat), S Watson (drop White/Smith), Haddin (drop Pain, unless Pain gets 2 double hundreds), Johnson + Siddle + Harris (drop pace attack, unless one gets 15+ wickets in 2 tests) and Hauritz (unless Beer gets 10 wickets in 2 tests). This would mean that ALL of our fringe players get 2 tests to convince the selectors that they should be in the team. Australia should do this yearly against Ban/Zim/Ire/Afg.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 8, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Michael Beer must be the nephew or relative of any one of the selectors of Australian Board. I mean he carries THE BOWLING AVERAGE more than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. I am not saying they shouldn't select the player who just started the first class career. They should select if he performed a lot better than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. Same as Hilfy is selected in AUS Natioanl team because of his stupid cousin brother-Punter. Hilfy and Beer is not even qualify for any English county to play and they have been selecting for the Australian National team. WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! You guys not gonna learn until you don't kick out Ponting, Clarke, Beer, Hilfy, Siddle, Smiths, and Hughes. They all are struggling. Some of them are big heads in Australia, but in order to get success again, they have to take strong steps and kick them out. Because if Punter would start making runs his cousin Hilfy would appear in the team again for sure.

  • phoenixsteve on January 7, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Things aren't so bad for Australia as many of their fair weathered fans like Mervo suggest. I believe the defeat was a combination of a very good England side and an out of form Aussie one. Much has been made of the couple of English players with overseas connections but even the Pakistani born Khawaja didn't help the Australian slump. Discarding someone like Ricky Ponting would be crazy! He knows he's had a poor run and I'm sure he'll come out of it stronger? I agree though that maybe Clark doesn't have ' captaincy' stamped all over him and another prospect should be groomed. World cricket owes much to Australia and they raised the standard of the game. Currently they're losing but this will change..... however the old dominance may never return as everyone else has got better! That's a good thing! As a happy Englishman I can say " thank you " to the Australian set up. Chin up lads - there are worse things than losing and it will change!

  • AbrarAhmed on January 7, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Michael Clarke deserves CA's support. It can't have helped to be handed the captaincy unexpectedly at a crtical point in the series.

    He's a talented batsman, and the knee-jerk reaction from commentators an the media calling from his removal, doesn't make sense.

    "Form is temporary, but class is permanent"

  • Monkey_Singh on January 7, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Mervo - you've already started to recruit internationally - Khwaja was born in Pakistan - to Pakistani parents.

    Remember that the South Africans that play for England have either one English parent or grandparent and have been raised and played all or most of their cricket in England.

    Also the coach of England is from Zimbabwe - not South Africa.

    Doesn't it tell you something when David Saker - a true blue Aussie - wants to continue to stay and coach England's bowlers and not come back to Australia?

  • pavan. on January 7, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    "Hussey falls-Australia fails".No other batsman is performing for australia except hussey.haddin is average. ponting`s batting is bad enough and captaincy is worst.better to remove katich and ponting immediately from the team

  • The_bowlers_Holding on January 7, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    England showed more mental strength and application throughout taking key wickets at pivotal times and Perth aside not losing them at vital times. Apart from Collingwood nobody was a passenger everyone had a role and fulfilled it. Look at the lack of team ethic of Watson gets himself in every time then gets out when a big score is needed, and usually runs a team mate out first. Siddle was a positive as was Hussey (near sell by date), the new no.3 looks ok (name difficult to spell) as does the cherubic faced Smith, Australia just need to accept they aren't immortal anymore the top 4-5 teams are pretty even (that includeds Oz) and makes for better more even competition. Re. Mervo Englands SA players all have an English parent apart from Strauss who moved to England age 6, didn't hear anyone complaining about Symonds playing for Aus (Birmingham born)

  • vijujack on January 10, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Ponting's did in performance started with him being too nagative and whiny as was witnessed during the series against Indians in 2008. With all the backlash he has to swing the other way by being too nice and with it went the oz fighting spirit. The typical oz grit can be witnessed in Katich, Hussey, Haddin & Ponting - all the other seem to be ad-boys - want to look good on cam. Going for extravagant shots when playing solidly is the need, getting run-out trying to take quick singles are just two examples. The team needs openers, not just a makeshift pair- Katich & Watson would have done very well in the middle order, not at the top. Hughes head has been messed with already, so 2 new openers are required. Steven Smith was a joke with the way he played. Hauritz needs to be an integral part of the team and on the top of the agenda is minimising T20 and giving the Shield games more prominence and that will see the end of atrocious shot making. Forget about building a team, just rebuild.

  • vijujack on January 10, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Firstly, starting from Cricket Australia, selectors, coach, Ponting down to Clarke, everyone should stop pretending that all is ok except that they under performed. They need to be honest & admit that it was flawed selection to start with. Doherty had no business to be in the team & Beer too. Hauritz was cast aside for some inexplicable reason. And their batsmen need to know what test cricket is all about. Only Ponting was man enough to admit he failed. Clarke's attitude stinks by differing with the coach in saying that he will play to his natural ability. What has he done with his so called natural ability thus far? None of the batsmen were interested in seeing thru a session, play patient innings & build partnerships. The fielding wasn't good and the bowling was sub-par most times. Time for Australian cricket to look at the probs squarely in the face & let Greg Chappell rebuild the team. If only Ponting listened to him and dropped down the order....

  • landl47 on January 9, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    The writing was on the wall for Australia when they came into the Ashes series after a run of three test defeats and three losses in ODI series. Their captain, selectors and fans didn't want to believe it, but that was a true picture of how the Aussies were playing. Before the series I thought England's weakness was the lack of a 5th test class bowler, but Australia, apart from the Hussey/Haddin partnership in the first test, never made England spend long enough in the field for it to become a concern. England had 7 partnerships of 150 or more, including 2 for the first wicket and 2 for the second, whereas Aus had only that one. Aus need to get Ponting out, a new captain appointed, and start rebuilding. It's going to be a while before Aus get back to being a top test side- the cupboard looks pretty bare for the immediate future. Still, they have to start somewhere and now's the time.

  • tfjones1978 on January 8, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    "Clarke wants Australia to learn from England" Best thing you can do Clarke is to resign from test cricket and prove yourself back in Shield cricket (if you can get selected for NSW!). England know when to through out the dead weight. Aust MUST tour Bangladesh and take along a side to test their abilities or we are dead in the water as a cricketing country. Marsh, Hughes, Khawaja, White (capt), Cosgrove, Smith, Pain, Swan, Cameron, Butterworth, Faulkner and Beer (with one bowler sitting out). This will test our backup team. After the 2 test series against Bang, bring in M Hussey (drop 1 bat), S Watson (drop White/Smith), Haddin (drop Pain, unless Pain gets 2 double hundreds), Johnson + Siddle + Harris (drop pace attack, unless one gets 15+ wickets in 2 tests) and Hauritz (unless Beer gets 10 wickets in 2 tests). This would mean that ALL of our fringe players get 2 tests to convince the selectors that they should be in the team. Australia should do this yearly against Ban/Zim/Ire/Afg.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 8, 2011, 1:50 GMT

    Michael Beer must be the nephew or relative of any one of the selectors of Australian Board. I mean he carries THE BOWLING AVERAGE more than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. I am not saying they shouldn't select the player who just started the first class career. They should select if he performed a lot better than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. Same as Hilfy is selected in AUS Natioanl team because of his stupid cousin brother-Punter. Hilfy and Beer is not even qualify for any English county to play and they have been selecting for the Australian National team. WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! You guys not gonna learn until you don't kick out Ponting, Clarke, Beer, Hilfy, Siddle, Smiths, and Hughes. They all are struggling. Some of them are big heads in Australia, but in order to get success again, they have to take strong steps and kick them out. Because if Punter would start making runs his cousin Hilfy would appear in the team again for sure.

  • phoenixsteve on January 7, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Things aren't so bad for Australia as many of their fair weathered fans like Mervo suggest. I believe the defeat was a combination of a very good England side and an out of form Aussie one. Much has been made of the couple of English players with overseas connections but even the Pakistani born Khawaja didn't help the Australian slump. Discarding someone like Ricky Ponting would be crazy! He knows he's had a poor run and I'm sure he'll come out of it stronger? I agree though that maybe Clark doesn't have ' captaincy' stamped all over him and another prospect should be groomed. World cricket owes much to Australia and they raised the standard of the game. Currently they're losing but this will change..... however the old dominance may never return as everyone else has got better! That's a good thing! As a happy Englishman I can say " thank you " to the Australian set up. Chin up lads - there are worse things than losing and it will change!

  • AbrarAhmed on January 7, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Michael Clarke deserves CA's support. It can't have helped to be handed the captaincy unexpectedly at a crtical point in the series.

    He's a talented batsman, and the knee-jerk reaction from commentators an the media calling from his removal, doesn't make sense.

    "Form is temporary, but class is permanent"

  • Monkey_Singh on January 7, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    Mervo - you've already started to recruit internationally - Khwaja was born in Pakistan - to Pakistani parents.

    Remember that the South Africans that play for England have either one English parent or grandparent and have been raised and played all or most of their cricket in England.

    Also the coach of England is from Zimbabwe - not South Africa.

    Doesn't it tell you something when David Saker - a true blue Aussie - wants to continue to stay and coach England's bowlers and not come back to Australia?

  • pavan. on January 7, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    "Hussey falls-Australia fails".No other batsman is performing for australia except hussey.haddin is average. ponting`s batting is bad enough and captaincy is worst.better to remove katich and ponting immediately from the team

  • The_bowlers_Holding on January 7, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    England showed more mental strength and application throughout taking key wickets at pivotal times and Perth aside not losing them at vital times. Apart from Collingwood nobody was a passenger everyone had a role and fulfilled it. Look at the lack of team ethic of Watson gets himself in every time then gets out when a big score is needed, and usually runs a team mate out first. Siddle was a positive as was Hussey (near sell by date), the new no.3 looks ok (name difficult to spell) as does the cherubic faced Smith, Australia just need to accept they aren't immortal anymore the top 4-5 teams are pretty even (that includeds Oz) and makes for better more even competition. Re. Mervo Englands SA players all have an English parent apart from Strauss who moved to England age 6, didn't hear anyone complaining about Symonds playing for Aus (Birmingham born)

  • PlanetGeli on January 7, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Two words Mervo - Mike Brearley. But I take your point, and Clarke is no Brearley (apart from the batting stat obviously)

  • NBRADEE on January 7, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Kiff, kiff, kiff! Heheheheheheh! It's funny to see how much the Aussies are beginning to resemble the Poms of yesteryear and Windies currently in their wound licking...

    Mark my words, the more you all talk about firings and team changes without admitting what Hilditch has ("we were totally outplayed"), you all will be back to the times when your cricket was a joke, no matter how well you prepare your future players.

    Take heart from the fact that the Under-19 Aussie team is the best in the world, and that you still have the best cricket management system in the world, BAR NONE! They can go on from here and win the World Cup and everything else once the mistakes made are corrected early WITH THE SAME CORE OF PLAYERS.

    When Jimmy Adams team was being torn to shreds in 2001 Down Under, he sent word that the team was in desperate need of "mental strengthening and direction". Pat Rousseau, WICB CEO told him that it was his job to marshall the troops. We all know the end result...

  • tfjones1978 on January 7, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Its always sad when bad selections come home to get roostered! Aust's problems: [1] Watson. He is an alrounder, should bat at 6 and bowl 20% of innings. [2] Specialist batsmen (Hughes, Ponting, Clarke) are not in form in test/domestic cricket (below 30) over past 6-12 months. Needed replacing by S Marsh, Khawaja & Cosgrove (over 50!). [3] Specialist spinner. Pick a spinner, anyone? If the pitch isnt spinning dont put one in, otherwise play Hauritz (he is best spinner in Shield cricket). [4] Spinning alrounder. This needs to be a specialist batsmen who can bowl spin whenever needed to hold up an end. Drop Steve Smith, try Cameran White. [5] Pace Attack. Hilfenhouse is not a front line bowler and Johnson isnt consistent. Hilf should be replaced by either Swan, Butterworth, Cameron or Faulkner until Harris returns from injury. If Johnson doesnt pick his performance up, it should be 2 of them. Marsh, Khawaja, White, M Hussey, Cosgrove, Watson, Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Siddle, Harris.

  • NumptyatCricket on January 7, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Seems to me Australia have a real problem in selecting their next leader. Ponting clearly must go as a new era needs a new captain and Clark's performances don't merit a place in the team. So who? The only batters who can justify their places are Haddin and Hussey. Haddin can't captain from behind the stumps and Hussey can't be considered a long term choice - he's 35 I think. None of the bowlers can seriously be considered as none apart from Siddle (too young), Johnson (too erratic) and Harris (too injured) have performed or shown leadership potential. This problem has been caused by very poor planning on behalf of Australia. Ponting clearly should have gone after losing the ashes in 2009. Clark was in reasonable from then so the transition could have worked more or less seamlessly. None of this is the fault of the players, sure they haven't performed but the system has ensured they have failed. Whoever gets the job is in for a tough few years.

  • crankypet on January 7, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Watching smith make 54 not out and of course saving his career being from NSW, it was disturbing to see his technique so badly exposed for all to see. It is obvious he has no pull shot, the amount of times he mistimed it and it trickled to mid on or back to the bowler was appalling. Same for his cut shot and defense playing with his hands so far from his body. Awful. This is the future player who has grown up playing T20.

  • Mervo on January 7, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Any batsman who averages 21 in 5-Test series should not be in the team, let alone be captain. He just sets a bad example. Find a batsman with experience and determination and drop Clarke. He was never much value anyway on the field, and now can't be honest enough to admit the failure of Australian cricket from top to bottom. Let's start to recruit in South Africa, as England have done with 5 of their players and the Coach and bring on Bangladesh!

  • gogoldengreens on January 7, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    James Sutherland get your head out of the sand ODI series in the weeks before the start of the ashes series played in front of empty stadiums is not the best way to prepare... Selectors should be sacked - picking a squad of 17 before the first test and then having a australia a team who had O'Keefe playing in it and then not picking him when you needed another spinner. I agree with Clarke that the batsman lost the series. If they could hold on for another hour or two in Adelaide the rain would come and save the day, why can't we bat for a day and half when they just scored 644? - Hang on - an aussie suporter sounding like an english one of the 1990's

  • pity_aus on January 7, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    A lot of denials from top to bottom. Australian cricket hits rock bottom as of today. Come on admit it "We are in crisis...". As Clarke pointed out "It takes a lot of discipline, a lot of planning before the series". Many of the players used in these series had no discipline at all both in batting and bowling. Someone with no discipline is someone in crisis. There wasn't any clear planning ahead of the series. Some players just coming back from Twenty20 games, and many of the players lack long matches practice. So, no planning for such a big event, I see it as a crisis. Please admit it, a fresh start for Australian cricket is needed. New year resolution for Australian cricket - be humble, arrogant is a big NO, respect any of your opponents whoever they are and plan ahead before the match, do not underestimate your opponent unless it would backfire on you.

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  • pity_aus on January 7, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    A lot of denials from top to bottom. Australian cricket hits rock bottom as of today. Come on admit it "We are in crisis...". As Clarke pointed out "It takes a lot of discipline, a lot of planning before the series". Many of the players used in these series had no discipline at all both in batting and bowling. Someone with no discipline is someone in crisis. There wasn't any clear planning ahead of the series. Some players just coming back from Twenty20 games, and many of the players lack long matches practice. So, no planning for such a big event, I see it as a crisis. Please admit it, a fresh start for Australian cricket is needed. New year resolution for Australian cricket - be humble, arrogant is a big NO, respect any of your opponents whoever they are and plan ahead before the match, do not underestimate your opponent unless it would backfire on you.

  • gogoldengreens on January 7, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    James Sutherland get your head out of the sand ODI series in the weeks before the start of the ashes series played in front of empty stadiums is not the best way to prepare... Selectors should be sacked - picking a squad of 17 before the first test and then having a australia a team who had O'Keefe playing in it and then not picking him when you needed another spinner. I agree with Clarke that the batsman lost the series. If they could hold on for another hour or two in Adelaide the rain would come and save the day, why can't we bat for a day and half when they just scored 644? - Hang on - an aussie suporter sounding like an english one of the 1990's

  • Mervo on January 7, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Any batsman who averages 21 in 5-Test series should not be in the team, let alone be captain. He just sets a bad example. Find a batsman with experience and determination and drop Clarke. He was never much value anyway on the field, and now can't be honest enough to admit the failure of Australian cricket from top to bottom. Let's start to recruit in South Africa, as England have done with 5 of their players and the Coach and bring on Bangladesh!

  • crankypet on January 7, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Watching smith make 54 not out and of course saving his career being from NSW, it was disturbing to see his technique so badly exposed for all to see. It is obvious he has no pull shot, the amount of times he mistimed it and it trickled to mid on or back to the bowler was appalling. Same for his cut shot and defense playing with his hands so far from his body. Awful. This is the future player who has grown up playing T20.

  • NumptyatCricket on January 7, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Seems to me Australia have a real problem in selecting their next leader. Ponting clearly must go as a new era needs a new captain and Clark's performances don't merit a place in the team. So who? The only batters who can justify their places are Haddin and Hussey. Haddin can't captain from behind the stumps and Hussey can't be considered a long term choice - he's 35 I think. None of the bowlers can seriously be considered as none apart from Siddle (too young), Johnson (too erratic) and Harris (too injured) have performed or shown leadership potential. This problem has been caused by very poor planning on behalf of Australia. Ponting clearly should have gone after losing the ashes in 2009. Clark was in reasonable from then so the transition could have worked more or less seamlessly. None of this is the fault of the players, sure they haven't performed but the system has ensured they have failed. Whoever gets the job is in for a tough few years.

  • tfjones1978 on January 7, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Its always sad when bad selections come home to get roostered! Aust's problems: [1] Watson. He is an alrounder, should bat at 6 and bowl 20% of innings. [2] Specialist batsmen (Hughes, Ponting, Clarke) are not in form in test/domestic cricket (below 30) over past 6-12 months. Needed replacing by S Marsh, Khawaja & Cosgrove (over 50!). [3] Specialist spinner. Pick a spinner, anyone? If the pitch isnt spinning dont put one in, otherwise play Hauritz (he is best spinner in Shield cricket). [4] Spinning alrounder. This needs to be a specialist batsmen who can bowl spin whenever needed to hold up an end. Drop Steve Smith, try Cameran White. [5] Pace Attack. Hilfenhouse is not a front line bowler and Johnson isnt consistent. Hilf should be replaced by either Swan, Butterworth, Cameron or Faulkner until Harris returns from injury. If Johnson doesnt pick his performance up, it should be 2 of them. Marsh, Khawaja, White, M Hussey, Cosgrove, Watson, Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Siddle, Harris.

  • NBRADEE on January 7, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Kiff, kiff, kiff! Heheheheheheh! It's funny to see how much the Aussies are beginning to resemble the Poms of yesteryear and Windies currently in their wound licking...

    Mark my words, the more you all talk about firings and team changes without admitting what Hilditch has ("we were totally outplayed"), you all will be back to the times when your cricket was a joke, no matter how well you prepare your future players.

    Take heart from the fact that the Under-19 Aussie team is the best in the world, and that you still have the best cricket management system in the world, BAR NONE! They can go on from here and win the World Cup and everything else once the mistakes made are corrected early WITH THE SAME CORE OF PLAYERS.

    When Jimmy Adams team was being torn to shreds in 2001 Down Under, he sent word that the team was in desperate need of "mental strengthening and direction". Pat Rousseau, WICB CEO told him that it was his job to marshall the troops. We all know the end result...

  • PlanetGeli on January 7, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Two words Mervo - Mike Brearley. But I take your point, and Clarke is no Brearley (apart from the batting stat obviously)

  • The_bowlers_Holding on January 7, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    England showed more mental strength and application throughout taking key wickets at pivotal times and Perth aside not losing them at vital times. Apart from Collingwood nobody was a passenger everyone had a role and fulfilled it. Look at the lack of team ethic of Watson gets himself in every time then gets out when a big score is needed, and usually runs a team mate out first. Siddle was a positive as was Hussey (near sell by date), the new no.3 looks ok (name difficult to spell) as does the cherubic faced Smith, Australia just need to accept they aren't immortal anymore the top 4-5 teams are pretty even (that includeds Oz) and makes for better more even competition. Re. Mervo Englands SA players all have an English parent apart from Strauss who moved to England age 6, didn't hear anyone complaining about Symonds playing for Aus (Birmingham born)

  • pavan. on January 7, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    "Hussey falls-Australia fails".No other batsman is performing for australia except hussey.haddin is average. ponting`s batting is bad enough and captaincy is worst.better to remove katich and ponting immediately from the team