You shouldn’t blame the Australians too much for not being able to deal with the swinging ball.  In the past Geoffrey Boycott spent hours before the 1970-71 tour of Australia practising batting on concrete surfaces, in order to learn how to adapt his technique to the hard pitches.  But now cricketers arrive home exhausted from one tour and almost immediately have to start on another one.  Added to that, in the past probably half of an Australian touring team would have played county cricket and become used to English conditions. But now there is IPL hardly any of them do.  It is significant that Rogers, who played many years for Middlesex, was the one Australian batsman who rarely failed.  Then there is now so much short form cricket.  Cricket is a rapid reaction game.  If batsmen become used to hardly ever playing defensively it is hardly surprising that they choose the wrong shots when facing Mitchell Johnson bowling at over 90 miles an hour.  Yet the one day game has benefitted test cricket immensely.  The fielding is much better. Tail end batsmen know how to bat.  The boring draws that so often occurred in the fifties are a thing of the past.  Test matches now are hardly ever anything but totally gripping. But will we hardly ever see the classical batsmanship of the past again?  Is Joe Root a one off genius?  And shall we ever see classical left arm slow bowling?  If it becomes a foregone conclusion that the home side always wins a series because the touring team cannot adapt to its conditions, test cricket will be much diminished.  Cricket needs to try to solve these questions. 


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