Glenn McGrath feels Australian pitches have lost their unique characteristics © Getty Images
Glenn McGrath feels Australian pitches have lost their unique characteristics © Getty Images

In attempt to diagnose Australia’s away defeat in the Ashes 2015 series, Glenn McGrath has suggested that the reason Australians fail to cope in differing conditions can be attributed to the nature of pitches at home which all have a similar character that fail to develop Australian domestic cricketers into players for all conditions. According to McGrath, the various pitches in Australia had their unique characteristics when he just made his First-Class debut but started taking on a similar nature towards the end of his career. ALSO READ: Peter Siddle should have been in Australia Ashes team for 4th Test, says Glenn McGrath

“When you look at Australia’s three defeats, they’ve been in very English conditions. The wickets have really moved around and I don’t think our batsmen or our bowlers have really experienced those conditions before,” McGrath explained through his blog for cricket.com.au. “Our batsmen went a bit too hard with the bat, but they’ve applied themselves better in this Test and waited for the ball,” he added.

“Our batsmen went a bit too hard with the bat, but they’ve applied themselves better in this Test and waited for the ball. Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc are both quality bowlers but English conditions don’t necessarily suit them,” McGrath said. ALSO READ: Glenn McGrath backs Josh Hazlewood to come good after poor Ashes 2015 series

“I think the team’s problems go past the selectors, though. I think a lot of it comes back to the way the wickets are prepared in Australia,” said McGrath. “When I started every wicket in Australia had a different character. Sydney would spin, Perth would bounce, Brisbane was a fantastic wicket and Adelaide would give you variable bounce late in the match,” explained McGrath.

“Towards the end of my career the wickets were just too similar. I’ve been saying it ever since I retired: we need to get back to having those characteristics. To be a good batsman or bowler, you have to do well in your own conditions. To be a great batsman or bowler, you’ve got to be able to adjust and adapt to different conditions and perform equally anywhere in the world,” said McGrath.