It may seem like the end of the world to some and the current state of affairs in Australian men’s cricket has led to more than a few discouraging words, but is it really as bad as all that?
Australia has not won an ODI series since January of 2017, so if they cannot make up the ground that surrendered to South Africa in Perth, in the first ODI of the current series, the winless streak threatens to extend to an even two years, but two bad years in a game with a history as long as that of cricket hardly seems like reason for panic.
Some will be quick to point out that the match is Perth produced Australia’s sixth-lowest total when batting first at home.
Those pessimists are balanced by those of us with a more optimistic outlook, who can point out that there have been five occasions where Australia has posted a lower total.
Australia lost the toss and the Proteas elected to bowl. The Baggy Green was bowled out for 152. That chorus of pessimists could once again rise up to mention that 152 is the second lowest this century.
The glass-half-full set, however, knows that the century is only 18 years along.
With room to improve and some seemingly fine prospective players in the queue for Australia, there is nowhere to go, but for up.
The historically inclined will be intrigued to learn that when Australia went down for 76 in 2013 in Brisbane against Sri Lanka, it was the number 9 for Australia that was the highest scorer, Mitchell Starc, while this time around it was Nathan Coulter-Nile. Respectively, those two hit 22 and 34.
The optimists could be quick to jump in and point out that while it appeared that Australia could suffer its first-ever 10-wicket loss on home ground, they managed to hold the loss down to six wickets.