Australia’s brave new world bore a stark resemblance to the bad old world. Far from rejuvenating a flagging campaign as had been hoped, the newcomers flopped and within hours the team’s position had become dire. Not that the established players were any better, hanging their bats out to dry in the manner of a washerwoman on a Monday morning. Once again it was left to the middle order and lower ranks to save the day.
Ricky Ponting and company can curse but not blame their luck. Certainly the flip of the coin favoured the rising side and punished the struggling outfit. Australia might have preferred to lose the toss in Adelaide and win it on the hard track provided at the WACA Ground. Instead the host was obliged to face the wrath of an efficient England side in conditions suiting its purposes.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald