Frazer Loveman writes that Australia's sudden return to form in the Kiwi ODI series right after their Test disaster is largely an illusion -barring David Warner and Steve Smith, they are not world-class. He also feels that the Kangaroos should keep two different teams to do well across formats.
"This was the first time the Kiwis would face Australia without talismanic captain and slogger Brendan McCullum, but they still brought mid-order wizard Kane Williamson along with the big hitting Martin Guptill to complement a bowling attack featuring Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner. In the end, it didn’t prove enough as the Aussies won all three games in emphatic style.
All this begs the question, how can Australia have gone from so abject with the red ball to so destructive with its white counterpart in under a month? Firstly, it should be noted that the fast bowling attack was dangerous in the South Africa series, with Starc and Hazelwood able to translate form in the longer form into devastation in the shorter games, especially when teamed with Cummins, who has likely suffered too many injuries to be worth risking again in tests.
The performances by Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscombe against Pakistan at Brisbane are undoubtedly positives, but like England the Aussies currently look more comfortable in pyjamas than they do in whites. It will be interesting to see if they fare any better in India than England did. I’m not going to hold my breath.
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