27 January, 2021

The True Wizards Of Oz?

It’s not a given that the current Australian side is their best ever

The True Wizards Of Oz?

Are Steve Waugh’s men the best to have worn the baggy green? Seven consecutive Test wins-on top of the stunning World Cup triumph last year-may suggest they are. But considering that six of those victories have come at home against two uniformly inconsistent sides (Pakistan first and India now) it’s too early to even start comparing them with, say, Mark Taylor’s men.

Winning "away" is what gets the ‘desi’ tiger extra ‘bhav’. And it was here that "Tubby" Taylor left his stamp, leading his side to wins over South Africa in South Africa, Pakistan in Pakistan, West Indies in the West Indies, England in England... everybody except, ironically, India in India. But "Tugga" Waugh’s first two series as captain, in Sri Lanka and the Caribbean, were no great shakes.

To be fair, Taylor inherited the nucleus of a match-winning side from Alan Border, who built the team from scratch after Kerry Packer had ripped Australia apart with his World Series Cricket. But Taylor had to overcome an equally big storm in the form...



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