It’s been an amazing series. I have always maintained a tour to the sub-continent is never an easy trip with the heat, turn and home support. Over the past two weeks, we have witnessed some unbelievable cricket and human endurance.
To me, consistency and expectations of the Australians have been the highlight, which have enabled them to win the series.
When I was part of the previous teams to have visited India with the greats like Warne, McGrath and Waugh, there were always high expectations but this unit came with a clean thought; example Dough Bollinger. A simple left high-arm action with no expectations but loads of character.
Expectations were low as Aussies had a handful of new recruits in their rank and the Indians were expected to polish off their opponents after Delhi. Australia not only won the series but also retained their No.1 spot and it was due to their consistency and no-pressure effort. Over the past year alone, there have been 33 players who have featured in the ODI team.
From an Australian point of view, it’s been a great revelation and speaks a lot about their domestic competition.
The replacements fitted as a seamless slot to form a unit and never missed the likes of Brett Lee or Michael Clarke. India would have to look deep within, as I’m sure there are those who would want a chance.
There was a rumbling after the Ashes loss but look what a turnaround we have had.