Australia’s vice-captain Brad Haddin expressed that a One-Day International (ODI) series win against India would boost their morale leading them to the Ashes Down Under. Sudatta Mukherjee lists reasons why, even if Australia win the ODI series against India, they can’t read too much into it.
Australia’s track record in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) has been good in the last one year. They have won two ODI series at home against Sri Lanka and West Indies. They recently beat England away as well. In between, they had a miserable showing in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England. Apart from that, Australia have handled their ODI encounters well.
Compared to ODIs, Australia’s weakness in Tests has been brutally exposed. They were left to introspect the unity of their team after defeat against South Africa at home in late 2012. In the last Test against the Proteas at Perth, they were defeated by 309 runs and lost the three-match series 1-0. They were then whitewashed in a four-match series against India in early 2013 and lost 3-0 in the Ashes 2013 series against England. The Australian team of 2013 has been nowhere around the team of the late 1990s and 2000s and Cricket Australia (CA) have done little to handle the situation.
Australia’s vice-captain Brad Haddin expressed that an ODI series win against India would boost their morale going into the Ashes Down Under. But how much of a boost it would realistically be? The wickets in the subcontinent are way different than those in Australia. Most importantly, the Australian Test squad and ODI squads are radically different.
You won’t find George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Callum Ferguson, Aaron Finch, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, etc. in the Test squad. Also major Australian players were missing from the Indian tour. Michael Clarke was out with a back injury. David Warner was dropped and Peter Siddle was rested. Steven Smith was nowhere to be seen. Lastly, Mitchell Johnson was sent back home to prepare for Ashes.
With the England team boasting the likes of Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, James Anderson and Graeme Swann, Australia have a lot to work on and worry about.
(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)