@hydro11 because 1 Perrera innings of about an hour does nothing to explain the Australian ODI team team stinking up the joint since Feb 2017
They lost 4-1 at home last summer and took a game off SA and India making that 4-2, so they managed 1 win per series on home conditions for 2 summers (3wins from 11at home). They got hammered everywhere overseas AND on some days they had their best bowlers and batsmen.
For a country with all that cricket IP and advanced cricketing institutions, the winning history ; the last 2 years performances are more than just Davey having a brain explosion with sandpaper.
But sure, there's nothing unexpected in Australian cricket performances on home soil that can't be explained by noting 2 innings by a Sri Lankan in a losing game in another country
Australian cricket has never seen any value in a "close" loss
There are a couple of factors why Australia tends to do poorly in one day cricket at the moment.
One - they are very reliant on a few players. Their best test bowling fast bowlers are Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins. Their best ODI quicks are Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins. We play 2-3 test series and we know for every series we can bring in a fit Wagner. The Aussies play five home tests and then their quicks are tired. Like last summer when they destroyed England in the Ashes and then, as you say, lost a relatively meaningless series 4-1. The troika were great in the Ashes but shit in the ODIs.Meanwhile Anderson and Broad could just go home.
To put this into perspective, post 2015 World Cup Starc has played 34 ODI's, Hazlewood 31 and Cummins 30. Boult has played 46 and Southee 43 in that time. In that time New Zealand have played 68 ODIs, 27 against South Africa, India and England. Australia have played 66 ODIs in that time but 40 against those three teams. Of those 40 games against those 3 top teams, Cummins has played 17 times, Starc 14 and Hazlewood 11. Of New Zealand's 27 games against the top 3, Boult has played 20 and Southee 23.
The point of all that is Australia look worse than they are if you just look at results. Their problem in a bowling sense is because their quicks are always tired from tests. They don't have a Bracken or a Faulkner or any other ODI specialist. Australia also play more tests and more games against the top teams. Even though they play the top teams more, their best bowlers are often absent from those games. Of course there are other factors like Zampa under-performing.
Obviously much of this is Australia's fault. They don't have the depth and CA schedules too much ODI cricket and proceeds to pick poor squads which are always going to get butchered.
Having said that, in the World Cup Australia will have their top bowlers. Australia are at $6 (3rd favourites), we are $9 (5th favourites). There are good reasons for that.
The batting is another story and another long post. In short, the BBL is now way too long and takes up too much oxygen. There are other factors too, of course. Australia's batting has been weak and held up by a few players since 2010.
It wasn't that long ago though that it seemed Australia could field three different world class teams and still win everything. There does seem to have been a marked drop off in their standards, particularly fielding as well as the obvious batting, India have just looked so much more hungry in the field in the test and one dayersand aren't giving their wickets away
If I go through the Australian World Cup winning teams, most of their players were good in all formats.
1999: Only Moody and Bevan weren't up to test cricket.
2003: Bevan and Hogg with Bichel and Symonds being marginal.
2007: Bracken, Hogg and Tait.
Australia at their best had a similar team in all formats. They played a lot less cricket back then. I don't think you can be an Australian international in all three formats and play IPL. Some of them are trying to do this though.
The big difference is the batting depth just isn't there for the Aussies right now. There aren't guys in the shield averaging 50 consistently for seasons who can't get a look in. I don't know where they have all gone. I suggest the lure of T20 leagues hasn't helped them out.
The other point I will make is look at the U-19 World Cups:
- 2010 - Australia 1st, NZ 7th
- 2012 - Australia 2nd, NZ 4th
- 2014 - Aus 4th, NZ 10th
- 2016 Aus Did Not Compete, NZ 12th
- 2018 Aus 2nd, NZ 8th
So it seems the Aussies are still producing a lot more talent than us at the youth level. It just hasn't shown through in international cricket yet (if indeed it will).