AUSTRALIA is in the dumps in India after sensationally losing their five-match series in the first three games.
The disappointing flop in Indore saw Australia slump to one of its worst ditches in ODI history, making it six one-dayers lost in a row and 11 lost on the trot overseas.
Australia’s ploy to drop Matthew Wade and throw Peter Handscomb the wicketkeeping gloves wasn’t as successful as hoped — and their batting collapses on the subcontinent only seem to be getting worse, not better.
Another failed experiment in the Aussies’ one-day unit was Hilton Cartwright opening the batting. The young all-rounder made his international 50-over debut in the first game in Chennai and was immediately put in next to David Warner to face the new ball against a lethal home attack.
The 25-year-old scored two runs in two innings and looked out of depth at the top of the order.
Former Aussie fast bowler Rodney Hogg says Australia needs a serious selection shake-up, starting with the captain’s role in picking sides. Hogg also took Australia to task for snubbing in-form batsman Travis Head, a proven run-machine against the new ball.
The 23-year-old Head has averaged 57.33 from three innings at the top of the order, including a big century against Pakistan next to his name.
“They’re picking their mates,” Hogg said of Australia’s mess on SEN’s The Run Home. “Smith shouldn’t be a selector.
“(Ashton) Agar’s been pushed through and Cartwright’s still there. We saw (Nic) Maddinson get selected (he’s) a mate, he’s one of Steve Smith’s mates. You can’t pick bloody mates!
“We’ve got to get fair dinkum. We’re really off the ball a bit here … I think the captain’s getting his own way.”
Hogg said a serious review of Australia’s selection panel and their decision making process was needed if the Aussies are to improve on their horror form slump.
“All the way down, there’s got to be question marks,” he said. “All the way across Cricket…