The defeat against India saw Australia in denial. But the home series defeat to South Africa have opened up a few eyes or so one would like to believe by Andrew Hilditch’s attempts not to stoke the fire.
Even as the selectors decided to stick with Matthew Hayden and send Andrew Symonds and Brett Lee back to the doctor’s office, (Shane Watson already wired to do so), Hilditch chose to play down the crisis like situation in Australia as they surrendered the series to South Africa, their first loss in Australia since 1992-’93.
While Hilditch denied that Hayden was given a farewell Test in Sydney, he was also optimistic that there were positive signs from the younger personnel in the squad which would mean that Australia would look to rebuild their reputation as the world’s best Test team.
Hilditch decided to voice his opinion that it was not so much Australia losing their ground given that they had worked themselves in to winning positions in both Tests at the WACA in Perth and at the MCG in Melbourne only to lose it to a “stronger” South African side.
But there is little doubt that in order to be the all star line up that Australia was for nearly a decade and a half, it will require some making up time.