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According to this Ashes odds cricket blog, Australia have lost that winning feeling. Although they're not as good on the road as they used to be, I reckon they'll be almost impossible for England to beat when we visit. Home advtantage counts for everything. What do others reckon?
 

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No,you can't say Aussies have lost their winning habits...yes they are not good on the road in absence of their key bowler (Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Jeson Gillespie...But don't forget if Ishant would not play the importnat knock with Laxman then the scenario would be different...Aussies quated the same thing in the media, Australia's fast bowler Brett Lee says "Australia had India down for the count and almost out of the match before VVS Laxman combined with tail-enders Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha to give the hosts a miraculous one-wicket win." Read here in detail: Heartbreaking loss a blessing in disguise: Lee

Aussies are known for taking revenge and definately they will try to come back in the next test match starting from Sat, 9th October 2010 and try to come back in the series for sure...This will be a real testing time for India...

Sehwag is the key for India and I checked in news today that he has a chance to break yet another world record: History beckons Virender Sehwag yet again - 1 - *MSN Sports | Cricket (History beckons Virender Sehwag yet again - 1 - *MSN Sports | Cricket)
 

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I think you're right. People have been writing off Australia for as long as I can remember and they always bounce back. I expect the second Test to be a draw though... It'll be a nice flat pitch and why shouldn't it be? ;)
 

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No,you can't say Aussies have lost their winning habits...yes they are not good on the road in absence of their key bowler (Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Jeson Gillespie...But don't forget if Ishant would not play the importnat knock with Laxman then the scenario would be different...Aussies quated the same thing in the media, Australia's fast bowler Brett Lee says "Australia had India down for the count and almost out of the match before VVS Laxman combined with tail-enders Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha to give the hosts a miraculous one-wicket win." Read here in detail: Heartbreaking loss a blessing in disguise: Lee

Aussies are known for taking revenge and definately they will try to come back in the next test match starting from Sat, 9th October 2010 and try to come back in the series for sure...This will be a real testing time for India...

Sehwag is the key for India and I checked in news today that he has a chance to break yet another world record: History beckons Virender Sehwag yet again - 1 - *MSN Sports | Cricket (History beckons Virender Sehwag yet again - 1 - *MSN Sports | Cricket)
How can you say the aussies have not lost their winning habits when they have lost their last 3 test series and won 1 out their last ten one day internationals,

As for the Indian vs Oz series... Dont make excuses for the Australians, they lost, end of story.
 

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for the moment, YES they are losers, but just like in the late 1980s they will return bigger better ans stronger.

There are a lot of VERY good up and coming Aussie players to replace the current crop: say hello to the future.

SHAUN MARSH
WA, 27
Coach Mickey Arthur rates him the best young player he has coached, but he has been floating around the first-class scene for 10 years and averages just 37. Not good enough. The worry is that most great batsman are very smart. He is no rocket scientist, but should be going better than he is despite recent improvement.

ED COWAN
Tas, Age: 28
Sound top-order batsman and smart kid who is a qualified investment banker finally at peace with his game after moving to Tasmania from NSW. Has been around the first-class scene for eight years. Could surprise everyone if he got a start at Test level.

GEORGE BAILEY

Tas, 28
Has acceptable, but hardly exceptional, results for Tasmania. Would enhance any team because of his solid character. His average in the high 30s may not command a Test place, but his cricketing bloodlines stretch back generations and he may be worth a try.

NATHAN COULTER-NILE
WA, 23
Swing bowler who can be devastating on his day. Always seems to be injured but if he gets it right has the ability to surge into Test calculations.

CHRIS LYNN
Qld, 20
Excellent batting prospect, good enough to be playing Tests within two years. His dad built him a backyard net when he was in his early teens and he has shown an ability to survive and thrive in all sorts of challenging conditions

PETER GEORGE
Sth Aust, 24
Tall South Australian fast bowler who can be a worthy Test bowler if the supplements he is taking can fill out his physique. Getting bigger and stronger by the season. Could he be our Chris Tremlett?

MARK COSGROVE
Tas, 26
Has a Darren Lehmann-like ability to pierce a field with his strokeplay. Very canny player but you just can't have sumo wrestlers playing for Australia.
Is a chance if he loses weight.

TIM PAINE
Tas, 26
The Tasmanian wicketkeeper-batsman is very highly regarded. The national selectors and Australian Cricket Board love him and reckon he is a player of star quality with leadership potential. However he is going nowhere until Brad Haddin retires.

BEN CUTTING
Qld, 23
Having an injury-marred season, but is a strong, pacy quick who can go places quickly if he gets it right. May need more time, but should get there eventually.

JAMES PATTINSON
Vic, 20
The quick has been watched by men in high places for several years and always seems to get
mentioned by selectors and board members when teams of the future are mentioned.
His destiny could arrive sooner than he thinks.

MARK CAMERON
NSW Pace bowler, 29
TRENT COPELAND
NSW Pace bowler, 24
CALLUM FERGUSON
South Aust Batsman, 26
MITCHELL STARC
NSW Pace bowler, 20
WES ROBINSON
WA, batsman, 30
ALEX KEATH
Vic, batsman, 18
NIC MADDINSON,
NSW, batsman, 19
STEPHEN O'KEEFE,
NSW, Left-arm orthodox spinner, 26
MATTHEW WADE,
Vic, Keeper-batsman, 23
MITCHELL MARSH
West Aust, Allrounder, 19

And that's just for starters......
 

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Well you see its too early to say anything, I somehow feel world cup would be a turnaround in ICC rankings. World Cup is at the door-step and its time for Australia to set the room in order, if they can perform great in world cup, who knows they might be back to what they were since few years. Having said that they would definitely get tough competition from teams like India and South Africa.
 
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