There is not much sympathy for the Australians

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 05:34 hrs

There is a bit of a lull from the Ashes series as Australia look to lick their wounds and find a way to come back. England have taken a lead, winning both the Tests and looking the much better team.

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The English media and former players who suffered at the hands of earlier Australian teams are rejoicing and not letting go the opportunity to rub salt in the injuries that the Australians have suffered.

Quite clearly, there is not much sympathy for the Australians at this downward trend in their cricket, and that is simply due to the fact that when they were winning they weren't the most popular of teams with their behaviour on the field.

This is where the difference between the West Indians and the Australians can clearly be seen. The West Indies also were totally dominant in the 70s through to the mid 90s but they never swore at the opposition, and so when they hit the bottom, there was much concern all over the world and genuine remorse at their cricketing plight

They are looking to get up now, and every time they win now there is a smile on the faces of non West Indians too, because they all want to see the West Indies back to winning ways again.

For England, the batting of Joe Root has been a big plus. He made his debut in India and immediately impressed with his technique and temperament. Here in this series he has been pushed up the order to open the batting, and while he looked a bit unsettled to begin with, he settled down quite nicely to get a big hundred in the second Test at Lord’s.

He took his time to get to the century and feeling relieved after that, played a series of lovely shots. The pitches in both the Tests have been dry and so Graeme Swann has prospered, turning the ball prodigiously like on subcontinent surfaces.

Speaking of the subcontinent, Kumar Sangakkara is in the form of his life and playing some astonishing cricket. He was hardly able to get a run in the Indian Premier League, but his class has been seen while playing for his country and he is getting not just hundreds but big match changing ones too.

Marlon Samuels, Ian Bell and Ryan Harris have been the other impressive performers of the week, but the accolade of the Ceat international cricketer of the week is shared between young Joe Root and veteran Kumar Sangakkara for their batting feats that won games for their countries.

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