From Thursday Australia going to play their last Ashes Test in Kennigton Oval. Although it’s a last test match of this series we will see many greats of Australia signing off from Red ball Cricket.
Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers already declared their retirements, Brad Haddin dropped after 1st Test his future is very dim and it would be a big surprise if CA calls him back, Aussies didn’t feel Shane Watson is fit enough for Test Cricket, Adam Voges already started his career too too late, no proper place for Shaun Marsh and who else left ? Possibly from bowlers ?
Ricky Ponting suggested some 8 – 9 players who was thinking for their retirement it means more then half of the Team will be signing off after Oval Test.
But Question arises why such a sudden desicion taken by everyone or they thought of it before the Ashes series ? I never saw such retirements in the Cricketing world after loosing test series infact selectors expect players to perform or they dropped them. Australia thinks differently atleast in Test Cricket and their strategy is very very different in Ashes, atleast when you hope Ryan Harris to come back into the Australian side and perform after a gap of year and so that too not properly rehabitate from the injury.
When you select a player which your captain is not confident on infact that player himself not wants to play then why pushing for the difficult task ? And ultimately Captain have to take the blame and sign off from the Cricket. Clarke may thought to left Cricket at the end of 2015 but forcefully do so because of poor performance from the camp and why not Australia didn’t won Ashes in England since 2005.
Huge round of pressure and expectations makes you to take a toughest decision of your career. Similar situation are with Aussie players they’re the current World Champions in ODi and last couple of series wins in Test excited them a lot but as any other visitors they too choked and fall short.
But we never saw such a huge number of retirements from any Team after loosing a Test Series, MS Dhoni took a retirement last year in between series against Australia after loosing a series but India lost many series from 2011 – 2014 under his Captaincy and England and Australia even swept India. But as per the fashion players won’t take retirement unexpectedly, we saw retirements in either player is in poor form and gonna drop or they feel they done with Test Cricket but all of sudden never or chances are less.
If you check the previous records Worldcup and Ashes gave most number of retirements because of obvious reason “High Stakes”.
Although Final Test is a Test Match of England but for Australia it is more then winning a Ashes or a Worldcup because final test is all about respect, dignity and winning a career, its no more for a Country now its now about winning something for personally, its about gifiting something for self. Hope they will fought like old Kangaroos in next 5 days.