Former captain Steve Waugh opines that Australia might never again dominate international cricket as it did a few years ago, terming that era under the leadership of Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting and himself as ‘freakish’.
Waugh was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald: “We may never regain the glory days we had, that was pretty much a freakish era. If you look at the West Indies, they dominated 10 years before us and [then] we did it. I don’t think you’ll see a team do that again because there’s three forms of the game which means your players will be split up.”
Waugh added, “It’s hard to be consistent across all those forms and, mentally, players are going to be tired if they’re playing the three forms.”
The former Australian great reminded the fans about the failures that he went through at the start of his career, saying the selectors need to show faith in Michael Clarke’s men.
Waugh explained, “We have to be patient. I keep saying to people I didn’t score a century until my 26th Test [and] I wasn’t part of a win until my 13th Test. I saw Steven Smith being bagged today that he’d only had two wins out of his first 11 Tests … well, I had none out of 13! We’ve got to remember you can’t always be successful straight away and we have to give these guys a bit of leeway.”
Waugh also cited the example of Phil Hughes, who has been in and out of the playing XI frequently.
Waugh said, “Phil Hughes has been dropped three times already in his career but he’s scored centuries. He’s got 23 First-Class hundreds, the guy can obviously play, but we keep messing around with his head. [In] the last four Tests he’s played three innings … [that] have been great.”