The Australian cricket team has become a punching bag

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© Getty The Australian cricket team has become a punching bag

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The Roar's writer Glenn Mitchell has defended Australia after the recent barrage of criticism they have faced. Glenn is surprised that much of the talk is about "how poor Pakistan had been" forgetting that Australia have won their last 2 Tests against quality opponents - South Africa and Pakistan.


After losing five consecutive Tests, Australia have won two on the trot against quality opponents. That is all that matters – the controversy from Brisbane about declarations and field placements is irrelevant.

The Australian media and cricketing public has become so predictably negative when it comes to the national team. When Australia secured a giant first innings lead against Pakistan at Brisbane, the talk was not of how well the home team had played but how poor Pakistan had been.

Suddenly the visitors were being painted by many fans as a woeful team with no idea how to play in Australian conditions. Apparently, there was no merit in Australia outplaying Pakistan – even a second grade team could roll through them.

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