Sydney, Apr 28 (ANI): Australian batsmen have lost the art of making centuries and needs to follow legendary batsman Steve Waugh's example as he embodies the lost art of marathon batting they are seeking to channel, ahead of the Ashes, according to the Australian media.
According to News.com.au, although Waugh did not make a Test century before the 1989 Ashes series, but he scored 177 at Leeds and then followed it up with 152 at Lord's in the first two matches of that series, going on to become one of the most unyielding Ashes warriors ever.
The report further said that comparing Waugh with the current crop of batsmen is like comparing chalk and cheese, adding that Australian batsmen have delivered only 11 centuries in the 13 Tests that they have played in the past 12 months, as compared to Waugh and other former greats.
According to the report, out of those, captain Michael Clarke has scored four, retired Michael Hussey has scored three, Matthew Wade with two and openers Ed Cowan and David Warner have scored one each, adding that the rest of Australia's top order for the Ashes have scored just two centuries between them in the past year, excluding Clarke.
Stating that Australia has lost the ability to turn starts into centuries, the report said that the fact is more than evident with Shane Watson, whose most recent Test century was way back in October 2010 in India, although he is one of the most naturally talented batsmen in the world.
Although the report said that the lucrative Twenty20 tournaments, with its focus on sixes and switch-hits, may be a reason behind the loss of centuries, but former chief Australian selector Trevor Hohns believes there are a range of other factors,
Stating that the problem goes back to the way cricket is being played in school cricket and at junior clubs nowadays, Hohns added that there is a focus on limited-overs cricket and big shots at a young age in today's era, which affects the higher levels of the game.
Hohns further said that today's cricket teams play for a win far more often than in the past and with that comes opportunities to play far more attacking shots. (ANI)