Australia should wear lipstick. At least they’ll look good while getting hammered, a fate that looks inescapable for Michael Clarke’s side heading into the third Test with a deficit of two. Far from the inspired deeds that this folkloric series was expected to fire his men to, Clarke now faces the singular humiliation of being in charge during Australia’s most disastrous phase of Test cricket.
They are presently on a sorry run of six defeats (four to India and two to England). Another at Manchester will have them equal the seven consecutive losses suffered in the late 1880s. If that indeed comes about it will be truly a dubious landmark, a deplorable turn of events that even the teary Kim Hughes escaped in his tumultuous term in the early 1980s.
The reasons for this sharp decline are many, though almost all can be indolently ascribed to the cyclical nature of things. If it could happen, unthinkably, to the West Indies, it had to happen to Australia, sooner rather than later going by theRead More »from On the verge of great shame