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Glory days may be gone for good, says Waugh

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Steve Waugh versus Fairfax

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh takes on the might of Fairfax in a spot of backyard cricket.

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Steve Waugh has warned fans demanding an immediate resurgence of the national team's fortunes that Australia might never again dominate the world as they did under his, Mark Taylor's and Ricky Ponting's captaincies.

Australia have showed glimpses of promise despite being outplayed by England in the current series. Waugh said talent was coming through the domestic system but felt history was against ''freakish'' eras being repeated

''We may never regain the glory days we had, that was pretty much a freakish era,'' Waugh said. ''If you look at the West Indies, they dominated 10 years before us and [then] we did it. I don't think you'll see a team do that again because there's three forms of the game which means your players will be split up.

''It's hard to be consistent across all those forms and, mentally, players are going to be tired if they're playing the three forms.''

Waugh, who has just launched his book The Meaning of Luck, was also adamant the selectors needed to show faith in Michael Clarke's men.

''We have to be patient,'' he said. ''I keep saying to people I didn't score a century until my 26th Test [and] I wasn't part of a win until my 13th Test.

''I saw Steve Smith being bagged today that he'd only had two wins out of his first 11 Tests … well, I had none out of 13! We've got to remember you can't always be successful straight away and we have to give these guys a bit of leeway.''

He said the criticism Phillip Hughes was subjected to, and the intense scrutiny Usman Khawaja endured, was negative.

''Phil Hughes has been dropped three times already in his career but he's scored centuries,'' Waugh said. ''He's got 23 first-class hundreds, the guy can obviously play, but we keep messing around with his head. [In] the last four Tests he's played three innings … [that] have been great.''

63 comments

  • We've got to bite the bullet and install Watson as captain. He leads from the front. With no leadership burden he is not as good

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    dd slasher
    Location
    Newcastle
    Date and time
    August 15, 2013, 7:57AM
    • Sure, let's keep selecting useless NSW cricketers to lead our national side. It's about time we started looking outside that state for a Captain and for batsmen.

      Commenter
      Simon
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 8:12AM
    • Bahahahahahahah - leadership, from Watson?

      One of the most selfish players in the last ten years. Can't take responsibility for himself or for the team - even when he was VC. It is why he is no longer VC.

      Commenter
      dave
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 8:23AM
    • Watson for Captain.....Thanks for the laugh this morning !!! In my opinion Watson's not good enough to make the side and it's all about Shane in his eyes. The Australian side will be better off without him until he changes his attitude. Putting that aside, the selectors should decide on a Top 6 and stick to it as best they can (barring injuries etc). This would develop confidence in the players rather than them always wondering if (or when) they will be dropped.

      Commenter
      Aaron
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 8:40AM
    • That's ridiculous. Watson as captain? He's barely good enough to stay in the team as a batsman (he's lucky the rest are performing so dismally that his ordinary average keeps him in the top 6).
      While I'll admit he's a good all rounder his body keeps breaking down when he bowls.
      Clarke is clearly the best batsman in the country and his captaincy is imaginative with shrew field placement and bowling changes. England had been bowled out cheaply numerous times this series and have yet to score 400.
      The problem is the batsmen and the batting collapses. Not who is the captain.

      Commenter
      Vin
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 8:58AM
    • You are writing this with tongue firmly implanted in you cheek aren't you dd slasher? .... I hope

      Commenter
      RTP.
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 9:45AM
    • Phil Hughes isnt good enough and by now ( after being on the fringe for a few years ) should have ironed out his flaws. Seems to me he doesnt have mental toughness. Try someone else

      Commenter
      LSM
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 9:50AM
    • Simon is correct. It is no coincidence that NSW in the Shield last year were second last with 3 matches to go. Then their batting line up essentially went to India, failed, went to England, failed. And their Shield team, the NSW 2nd. XI won the last 3 games & nearly hosted the final. Then the Qld & Tas. matches went against them and they missed out on the final. Fair dinkum Steve Waugh, if they can't bat at state level, you are not going to succeed at Test level. Adam Voges must be saying right now, 16103 first class runs to his name must be saying "What more do I have to do?". Sell your soul, become an IPL man like Nannes, Harvey and Hodge before you.

      Commenter
      Tyred
      Location
      Country Vic
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 9:58AM
    • Whilst I do admire your willingness to think laterally dd slasher, this suggestion of yours might be just a wee bit outside the proverbial fence.
      Another failed NSW batsman is all we need to lead our already devastated national team!
      Still, it will take time, hard work and initiative to rebuild our squad. Keep in mind too, that the likes of England and South Africa will at some point in the future have to confront their own problems. Nothing is permanent in world cricket - or Rugby Union for that matter.
      A man for whom I hold immense personal admiration, the great Imran Khan, has this to say regarding tough times:
      "The first thing to understand with failure is that there is no point in making excuses - there are no listeners. ....failure is an orphan, and you're alone. It is best to accept it graciously and congratulate the winner. Then you must have the ability to analyse where you went wrong; this is the hallmark of successful people". ('Imran Khan Pakistan A Personal History' Bantam Books 2011)
      Stiff upper lip; keep smiling.

      Commenter
      Sir Tyson Garfield
      Location
      Leather-to-Willow
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 10:49AM
    • You can't ignore comments from such a champion. However, we have not produced a new top class batsman in a decade. This suggests a systemic issue. How do batsman like Watson, Smith, Hughes and Kawaja with the wealth of support afforded them reach this level with such obvious technical deficiencies. The support structures are failing them including the Centre for Mediocrity. These players are now well payed professional sportsman. I have no sympathy for their predicament or that of their many support staff. This team and its functionaries are failing at too many levels. The Australian supporter base has every right to expect the systemic issues there to be addressed. Now!

      Commenter
      BamBam
      Location
      London
      Date and time
      August 15, 2013, 6:55PM

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