Ian Healy has pointed out the inconsistency in Australia's batting    Getty Images
Ian Healy has pointed out the inconsistency in Australia’s batting Getty Images

Former wicketkeeper-batsman Ian Healy has pointed out Australia‘s inconsistency in batting as the team prepares to face visitors South Africa in the third and final Test at Adelaide. Australia have had a disappointing run in Tests lately, first losing their all three fixtures in Sri Lanka and then losing the first two Tests and the series again South Africa in the ongoing series. Healy pointed out the lack of consistency in the team’s batting mentioning how the performance depends upon individuals like opener David Warner. He also spoke about the Aussie bowlers being prone to injury. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs South Africa day-night Test at Adelaide

Talking to cricket.com.au, Healy said, “When David Warner doesn’t stand up and do something at the top we’re in a bit of trouble” Healy said on SEN Breakfast today. We never really stack up a strong, consistent team batting performance. Our bowlers have a very, very high injury rate around the states so we’ve really got to sort out if bowling more is the option, because bowling less doesn’t seem to be working. That’s one thing. They (Cricket Australia) have been denying it, they’ve been thinking they’re on the right track. And now we don’t have any batsmen. And the batsmen we do have, they have creaky techniques and it’s exactly like what England used to put up against us.”

He urged for a betterment of the Sheffield Shield to combat this problem. “I think the Shield season is not too bad but we’ve undervalued it, and undervalued club cricket. Club (cricket) is the hardest level to play because you might get a bat once every three weeks, so you better make the most of it. The challenges of club cricket are what made Australia a very strong cricketing nation. A strong club system, extremely strong Shield system then national play.

“Then the national players come back to the Shield and Shield players come back to their clubs and we’ve watered all that down because we don’t think our bowlers should be bowling anywhere near as much as they once did.”

“We need to get them (the coaches) down producing talent in the 14, 15, 16-year-old bracket, feeding into the states and let the Australian cricket team be run by a coach and an assistant coach. (The players are) totally over-serviced, and you can now see they don’t have any impact. In the last 12 months, we’ve lost 10 wickets for 80 runs way too often. So tell me the batting coach is working. He can’t change things up there,” he added.