Infographic: Australia’s 8 whitewashes in Tests
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Australia are a side who have dominated the game of cricket for long, so it is a big news when a giant like them succumb to a whitewash. Their woes continue in the Indian subcontinent as they lost to Sri Lanka 0-3, and in doing so, they lost their No. 1 position in the ICC Test ranking.

Australia suffered their ninth straight loss in Asia. In between 2002 to 2006, they had won 11 of their 12 Tests in the Indian subcontinent but since 2007, they have won one and lost 13. It is safe to say that the retirement of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath has had a major impact on their performance in Asia.

Where spin bowling is the key to success, their main spinner Nathan Lyon has struggled big time in the subcontinent. From 11 Tests, he has 42 wickets at 42.57. Australian batsmen have found themselves at utmost discomfort against the subcontinent spin bowlers and their approach has been quite baffling. This time their nemeses-in-chief was Rangana HerathALSO READ: Sri Lanka whitewash Australia; Twitter erupts

In Australian cricket’s close to 140 years of Test history, this was the eighth time (series with 2 Tests at least) they suffered a whitewash. The first one came in the year 1886 when Tup Scott’s Australian side were thrashed 3-0 by Allan Steel’s Englishmen.

Australia’s next major defeat came in South Africa in 1969-70 when Bill Lawry’s team suffered a 0-4 loss. The series is best remembered for Graeme Pollock and Barry Richard’s exploits with the bat and Mike Procter’s dismantling of the visitor batsmen.

Kim Hughes’ Australia on a rebuilding phase suffered a 0-3 loss in Pakistan in 1982-83, but post that Australia were competitive in subcontinent conditions till McGrath and Warne retired in the 2006-07 season.

Below is the list of Australian whitewashes and what is alarming are the four recent entries of whitewashes in Asia in less than six years. In this time span, they have struggled against India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They pulled out of the Bangladesh tour in 2015. Given Australian’s Achilles’ heel for spin and Bangladesh’s barrage of decent spin bowlers, one can assume that another entry was avoided.

It is homework and serious introspection time for the Kangaroos before they set their foot on the flight to India, in early 2017.

Compiled by Suvajit Mustafi | Designed by Srushti Takale
Compiled by Suvajit Mustafi | Designed by Srushti Takale

(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer, strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)