Australia lacks batting talent to bounce back from Indian Test debacle during Ashes

Sydney, Mar 25 (ANI): The Australian Test team lacks batting strength to bounce back from their humiliating series whitewash against India, according to sports writer, Andrew Wu.

"The recent humiliation in India has already sparked the call for wholesale changes but like it or not Australia is stuck with the lot who flopped so spectacularly on the subcontinent," Wu wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It is no crime to lose on the subcontinent. Far more accomplished Australian teams have failed than the squad that will return home this week though none have failed as dismally," he added.

"It's accepted bowlers win you Test matches but as the past month has shown Tests can be lost swiftly with a misfiring top seven. Australia's batsmen have shown they cannot combat the spinning ball and their record over the years against the swinging ball is equally disheartening," he further wrote.

Wu further added: "Unfortunately for selectors, the batting cupboard is bare. There is no batsman banging the door down through weight of numbers. That Ricky Ponting, who could not rediscover past glories earlier in the summer, clearly tops the Sheffield Shield runs' list highlights the lack of talent coming through."

"Second on that list is Mark Cosgrove, a player whose inability to keep in shape has limited his opportunities to realise his talents, followed by Chris Rogers, a prolific run-scorer who turns 36 this year," he mentioned.

"Even those considered closer to the fringe, such as Queensland pair Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns, Tasmanian Alex Doolan and South Australia's Callum Ferguson, have questionable credentials," he added.

"Short of Michael Hussey changing his mind and answering a SOS from selectors, there is not a player in the country capable of alleviating the batting malaise. There is also little room for experimentation for selectors - Australia's next Test will be the real thing in England, and the Shield season will finish on Tuesday," he concluded. (ANI)

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