Life on the road for the Australian ODI side has been anything but plain sailing over the last year. The last time they managed to beat the opposition on foreign soil was September 27th, 2016. On that occasion, they beat Ireland in South Africa.
The five-time World Cup winners look a shadow of their former selves away from home at the moment. Being 12 games without a win is not a record the management of Australia, the players, or the fans will want.
The fallout between the players and the hierarchy has been well documented over the last year. They eventually came to an agreement last month over the amount the players will be paid over the next few years.
There is no doubt that the turmoil behind the scenes has played a part in Australia’s disastrous form. The very best Aussie sides in the past have been settled and focused on the job at hand. The players will have another chance to right the wrongs. They will hope to walk away with a win at the very least during the five-game ODI series against India.
The cricketing problems facing them at the moment look to be in the batting department. Steve Smith’s charges have been found guilty of throwing their wickets away. The determination to grind out a result is simply not there.
They will be desperately searching for the answers as they carry on battling India. Their work is cut out for them as it doesn’t promise to get any easier. Touring India is hard enough without being under an enormous amount of pressure.
Conditions seem to play into the host’s hands more than any other team around the world. Visiting teams always have a mountain of a task ahead of them to overcome the home ground advantage India have.
Hope does spring eternal and if any team can come back from the circumstances Australia find themselves in, it’s Australia. They are backed at 6/4 in cricket betting to win the 4th ODI by bet365. They will need the senior players to step up and take responsibility. In order to achieve that they will need to transfer the pressure back on to India.
Fortunately for Australia, they have the players to do that. The explosive power of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell could be the key to unsettling India. They will have to harness their power and know what bowler to take on. If that is done correctly then they will claw their way back into this series.
Australia are too good a team not to record an away victory sooner or later. It is staggering how long it has gone on for but there should be a reaction sometime during the ODI series against India. The players will be hurting and the management dumbfounded. If their X Factor players can block out the past and focus on taking it ball by ball, they should be more than a match for India.