Sydney: Australian media on Friday said their cricket team was the country’s worst ever as they teetered on the brink of a third heavy defeat in the Ashes series against England.
“Our Worst XI,” headlined the Sydney Morning Herald, as Australia started the final day at 228 for seven in their second innings, still 151 behind England’s record first innings of 644.
No Australian team has ever suffered three innings defeats in a single Test series, the newspaper said, calling it “an embarrassment of historic proportions”.
“Australia have been given a cricketing education,” wrote columnist Peter Roebuck. “If England’s victories on home soil were faintly fortuitous then this was the real thing, an execution carried out by an efficient and motivated side.”
England look set to win their first series in Australia since 1987, after already retaining the coveted Ashes urn by taking an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the five-Test series.
“Can’t bat, can’t bowl, can’t even think straight,” read another Herald headline. “Revolutions have broken out, palaces stormed and coups de grace mounted for less than this,” stormed columnist Greg Baum.
“Throughout England resembled a boa constrictor, a reptile that wraps itself around its foe and crushes it until its eyeballs pop out,” a front-page opinion piece said.
“Seldom has ruthlessness been as attractively and painfully delivered.”