Australia has usually been a consistent cricket powerhouse. While they may go through occasional periods of less-than-stellar performance, they are always strong enough to pose a threat to other teams. Hence their current mercurial performance is puzzling.
In the English summer of 2013, they were unceremoniously trounced by England, losing 3-0 with two drawn in the five Test matches, and lucky not to lose a fourth. Then just six months later in Australia, they made a remarkable turnaround, humiliating England 5-0 in an incredibly dominating performance.
But currently they are playing Pakistan, a team that has been going though difficult times and has dropped low in the rankings. But Pakistan is simply clobbering them in all aspects of the game. Australia’s fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who terrorized the English batsmen so recently, is proving to be much easier to handle by the Pakistanis. They are not thrashing him the way they are the other Australian bowlers but he is not getting many wickets either and Australia is being humiliated.
There must be Australian cricket fans who can shed some light on why Australia is having such an unpredictable time. The World Cup is due to start in February in Australia and New Zealand and although that one-day format there is different from the five-day Test match format, Australian cricket fans must still be quite concerned about their chances if they continue this slump.