Everything is alright in Australian cricket, after the men who wore the sack green had met Sri Lanka on the Gabba within three days. Tensions within the Australian cricket series had reached their boiling point after losing their first home series against India earlier this month.
Although Brisbane suffered a heatwave, Tim Paine’s men relaxed the pressure with a resounding innings and 40-run victory to drive the 1-0 series ahead of Manuka Oval’s second and final test of the next week.
What does the win in the overall scheme mean and will there be changes for the second test?
Where is MITCHELL STARC’S Form?
He is the newest member of the 200 club, but the future of the Australian hit martial artist remains questionable.
Starc picked up 13 wickets during the four series of tests against India, but rarely looked right. Throughout the summer, he had difficulty swinging and controlling the ball, and these problems continued in his first test against Sri Lanka.
The excuse that Starc has to shake even more now can not be used, like the suggestion at the beginning of the summer after a minimal preparation period for the first test against India in December.
As debutants Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins regularly shot the ball up and pushed the ball out of the hem in Brisbane, Paine kept popping to the left and right of Starc as the left-handed player sent his balls wide into the leg.
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee was one of several players who commented on Starc’s struggles. “I just think something is going on (with Starc),” said former Australian player Brett Lee in a commentary for Fox Cricket during the test.
“There is nothing wrong with his pace. So his pace is good, but … he usually does not spray the ball the way he sprayed it today. “
If he stays fit, Starc remains certain of the ashes. But Australia’s selectors will not wait to get it back in shape soon, because the spark has suddenly disappeared.
Will Pucovski was the shock omission for the Gabba Test?
His exclusion for the first test was surprising for everyone as he was inducted into the 13-man squad before that number was increased to 14 on the eve of the game, after Kurtis Patterson’s twelfth-five-five years in the lead tournament game.
Test Sizes Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan were two who questioned the decision to leave him out, calling it a missed opportunity.
The debate over whether he should have played has taken a turn, as the 20-year-old will not be able to play County Cricket in England before the ashes, unless he makes his Australian and debut debut in the next test punishes him by some valuable experience and confrontation with English conditions.
Without a doubt, Pucovski is a player of the future. The question that Australian voters have to face is whether they really believe that they are good enough to play in the ashes – the next test series.
If this is not the case, he should not play, as this would mean dropping a batsman out of an already-flailing brawl that desperately needs some self-confidence and solidity. It is crucial that Pucovski has to wait his time.
Who is facing the pressure before the second test?
Starc, Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns … the list could go on.
Even Marcus Harris, who was a regular runner this summer, has a century to go because he is rarely won in test bouts.
Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head would also like to post another score to fix their position on the spot, especially with David Warner and Steve Smith, who could be selected for the next series.
More than under pressure, Starc desperately wants to see the ball swing. But Burns and Khawaja are the most under pressure.
Burns because he’s been playing his second test for many years and needs a big score to remind the selectors of test quality. Khawaja because he has his leanest summer at a time when he had to get up the most.
Khawaja will travel to England. But the clock is ticking on the noble batsman.
What About Richardson Action In Emergence?
After a 3-26 Test debut Richardson stood after a memorable introduction to the media. The 22-year-old was asked how Peter Siddle reacted to seeing him.
In a typical Siddle class, experienced Australian Australian Richardson wished him well and told him he was ready for Test Cricket. They were words that meant a lot to Richardson and gave him the confidence to go out and succeed.
How right was Siddle?
But Richardson’s wonderful introduction to Test Cricket, where he ended with scores of 5-45, could mean that Siddle’s testing days are numbered.
The youngster’s impressive performance will also fuel the usual trio of fast bowlers Cummins, Starc and injured Josh Hazlewood in Australia.
What Happen Sri Lanka Lost The Test?
They can never make fun of test wins, especially if the opposition currently holds the Warne Muralitharan Trophy.
But the innings and the 40s win over Sri Lanka have to be put into context.
While the fast bowling attack of tourists is one of the better ones that have brought them Down Under, this is one of the weakest sites in Sri Lanka touring Australia.
So what do the runs and gates made of the ashes mean?
Will they prove Australia as an injustice or are some of the players who have successfully completed the real deal?
Harris looked good again as he has all summer, but he somehow made it out with 44. Earlier than later, the selectors will want to turn one of its beginnings into a century.
Labuschagne and Head both made runs but none made a century. In particular, the former looked compact and seems to have a technique that withstands all conditions. His temperament and his willingness to leave the ball were equally impressive.
In the meantime, Head continues sniffing at the bowlers. He often blinks outside the stump and has to work on his allround game. But he is hungry and willing.
Cummins is a proven performer and is getting better and better. His rhythm is excellent and he will be a handful in English.
Richardson also seems to have the succession of England. He runs through the fold, holds the seam straight and swings the ball on a good clip.