ASHES: What happened to Australian batsmen?

Australian cricket has yet to fill the hole left by Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting. The sad reality is that unlike the days when selectors were spoilt for choice, Test level batsmen are hard to find.

Durham Test — Australian Test cricket is not a young man’s game. This is not for want of trying. On the morning after Australia lamely surrendered in Durham, Darren Lehmann, the coach, observed: “Everyone says rebuild, rebuild, rebuild, but you need guys in first-class cricket making runs to take someone’s slot.” Trouble is that the raw materials look as if they can’t take the strain, especially among the batsmen.

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