British media attack ‘tasteless’ Australians in pre-Ashes coup


The English media have, as you might expect, had a day in the field after Australia were humiliated by eight wickets in a T20 World Cup beating, in an early psychological blow before this summer’s Ashes series.

It may be a much shorter format than the five-day, five-game series that will take place on the Australian coast this summer, but the way Australia was dismantled – the victory with 50 balls for sparing their heaviest ever by remaining bullets in a T20I – eerily resembles another limited beating from England before their famous Ashes triumph in 2005.

At the time, the Australians were beaten by 100 points – their heaviest T20I point loss – with Kevin Pietersen, who would go on to etch his name in Ashes folklore with his fifth century of testing, the star of the show.

“The last time England’s T20 team treated Australia with so much contempt they used the result as a stepping stone to win the Ashes,” wrote Sunday mail Cricket writer Lawrence Booth, expressing the thoughts of many English fans who now dare to dream.

“If the jump from Dubai to Brisbane is important, then Australian fast pitcher Pat Cummins confessed ahead of this game, with the ballot box in mind, that it would be ‘great to have one on the board’ against the old nemesis. .

“To the delight, no doubt, of two English captains – not just Eoin Morgan but test skipper Joe Root, who are watching from afar – the Australians have not been consulted. “

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Such was the dominance of England’s performance that The temperature Cricket correspondent Simon Wilde felt compelled to almost show Australia the rarest emotions English cricket fans have towards their biggest rival: pity.

“Never feel sorry for Australian cricketers, but it was damn hard not to be in Dubai on that sweet night,” Wilde wrote.

“Eoin Morgan’s amazingly efficient team stripped the old enemy of any vestige of dignity. They detonated them with the bullet, then clubbed them with the bat.

“It was total aggression of a kind the Australians specialize in, but they didn’t like being on the other end, especially the contempt with which their much-vaunted fast men were treated.”

Captains Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch shake hands after England’s big win over Australia in the T20 World Cup. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC / ICC via Getty Images)

Booth described the Australian batting performance as “strangely tasteless”, with Aaron Finch’s men limping at 5/57 after 14 overs… a run miss of just over four per year. Early wickets didn’t help, but with Finch’s content to pivot the strike and bat deep in the innings for a 49-ball 44, it took a late attack from bowlers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, and the versatile Ashton Agar, to see Australia even reaches triple.

Write in the Telegraph, chief cricket writer Scyld Berry echoed those thoughts, noting that “such a strong statement can only do England good” ahead of the Test tour.

“Ever since Sir Ian Botham roared in 1981 and shivered, Australian cricketers have never liked to be intimidated… last no more than an hour in the heat of renewed action.

While Chris Jordan was a shock pick for player of the match honors, the two mainstays who dismantled Australia will both be on the plane once the World Cup is over. Jos Buttler’s jaw-dropping 32-ball 71 with the bat, and Chris Woakes’ superb bowling spell in PowerPlay, praise the Aussies in pieces, and should see both players heading to testing full of confidence.

“If they [Buttler and Woakes] can bottle their fearless self-confidence in Dubai and mix it with discretion playing themselves, England will have a core, a hard core, however wobbly their first order is, ”said Booth.

“With Ben Stokes at five, followed by Bairstow (ahead of Ollie Pope), Buttler and Woakes, England can put some tough totals on the Australian scorecards.”

After forcing his return to England’s shortest format setup after years of absence, Woakes’ success bodes well for his chances of doing the same for the Test attack. The couturier has appeared in just one of England’s summer tests against New Zealand and India at home, with newcomer Ollie Robinson, a standout artist alongside the great James Anderson.

With Stuart Broad also in the mix for the Ashes and Craig Overton, another designer included in the Ashes team, squeezing promises to be a tough task. But Woakes’ test-match style bowling against Australia, including his sacking of David Warner for 1, impressed former England captain turned commentator Nasser Hussain.

“[To hit] to top it off – Woakes is the best in the world at doing this, ”Hussain said. Air sports.

Chris Woakes celebrates Glenn Maxwell's wicket.

Chris Woakes celebrates Glenn Maxwell’s wicket at the T20 World Cup. (Photo by Francois Nel / Getty Images)

“You are only allowed to do what the opposition allows you to do. David Warner tried to sneak up on the field to Woakes.

“But Woakes plays that length and it’s very difficult to hit, especially when there’s sideways movement.”

With Warner and Smith, and potentially T20 wicket keeper Matthew Wade set to resume their batting roles in the Ashes, Hussain’s assessment of Australia’s top order as “fragile” could prove to be a harbinger of things to come. to come. With Warner injured, the batting team battled India in last summer’s test series, requiring until the third test to pass 200 in an inning.

“Their batting team looks a bit below confidence, but I think what you need to do is give credit to England’s length and line,” Hussain said.

The former England captain also echoed the thoughts of Australian great Shane Watson, who blamed the Australian struggles on a lack of cohesion in their XI.

“This team, and the combinations, don’t play coherently together at all… and [they] do you expect to be able to shake things up against world-class teams? Watson lamented the comment box during the game.

” I asked [why] for the past 10-12 years. That does not make sense. The only way to play really well as a team is to play together, like England did, like India does.

“When you face a team that covers all bases like England, that’s when the teams are exposed. Australia has been very exposed tonight.

“They don’t play a lot together for some reason, this Australian T20 team, so they’re all a bit fragile with ‘if I don’t get a few points who will? “” Hussain said on Air sports.

“They left the extra hitter (Mitchell Marsh) out today and played the all-rounder (Ashton Agar) and they looked like they were a step behind with their selection.”

While the batting performance drew much of the ire from critics, the press was also scathing towards the Australian bowlers. Frontline test rapids Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins – who will likely all be in the XI for the first Ash Test at Gabba – were treated with disdain by Buttler and Jason Roy, finishing with 0/69 on a total of six overs.

“Their frontline Ashes offense was starting to look like clubs,” said Booth, while Berry noted the importance of the treatment of Starc in particular, who finished 0/37 on three costly overs.

“It could also be a sign that England have taken down Mitchell Starc, the only member of the Australian rhythm triumvirate who has struggled in recent times, not in white ball cricket but in tests,” Berry wrote.

“In his only test run of the past 18 months, Starc has won 11 wickets at 40 races each in the four tests against India – and now there is no more James Pattinson to serve as a ready-made replacement. . “

Despite the resounding result, Berry still calls for caution ahead of the Ashes, noting that the switch to white clothes will likely benefit English Test tormentor Steve Smith, who was doing a dirty job and a wonderful Woakes take for 1 in. Dubai. It will also mean the return of Smith’s criminal partner in the 2019 Ashes, Marnus Labuschagne, who was overlooked in the T20 World Cup squad.

“Steve Smith has returned to an orthodox stance which can only benefit him over the years so that he will score points for his technique and not in spite of it,” said Booth.

Especially Marnus Labuschagne. After a quiet summer of recognition in English cricket with Glamorgan, Labuschagne – listed as Australia’s number three – scored 136 and 60 * in Queensland’s last game against the Shield.

“Even though his batting test average is 60, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was up to the task this winter.”

Nonetheless, England’s domineering approach to the Australian attack suggests that, just like with their upset triumph in 2005, they have no fear with the bat in hand. With the return of main Australian executioner Ben Stokes to the fold of the Ashes, a first test victory on these hills since their 2010-11 series triumph seems well within reach.

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