It wasn’t long ago that Australians used to patronise the English cricket team as a joke, during a dominant run of eight Ashes series victories when winning became habitual. They’re not laughing now.
Australian cricket is in the pits, amidst accusatory finger-pointing, and as England savour a golden era, the once pre-eminent Aussies wallow in a black hole of their own making.
That was their sixth consecutive Test defeat, coming on the back of a 4-0 series loss in India – their worst performance in 29 years, and just one loss away from the record of seven straight reverses from 1884-87.
When skipper Michael Clarke, in his post-match interview, refused to accept that Australia’s hopes of retrieving the Ashes were finished, he was openly mocked by Lord’s crowd.
This Australian side has been denigrated as the worst ever to tour England and recriminations in Australia are rife. Former greats have not held back in their condemnation of the team and feel the road ahead to recovery is going to be tough.AFP