After the lost to England in the Ashes Series, the Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke cited not having toured India in the recent past as the main reason behind his and his team’s consistent poor form. He lashed out at Cricket Australia board for not scheduling a tour to India for the last two years and more importantly before the Ashes.
His frustration was imminent in his words as he said, “A golden opportunity was wasted for me and my struggling fellow batsmen to return to form. We have begged the board we don’t need any salary, just want to go there (India) and face their medium pacers on the dead tracks to pickup our form.”
Meanwhile many Australian cricket pundits have come forward supporting Clarke’s opinion and asked for the sack of Cricket Australia’s chairman for not scheduling timely tours to India. History and stats also prove they are right as whenever a struggling team or batsman tour India, they return to their prime form facing the mediocre Indian pacers on dead pitches and usually they go back with loads of confidence. This prime form they gain, have usually seen, to carry on for a year and a half or so and have to tour India again to maintain that consistency. Mathew Hayden, Marcus Trescothick, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Andy Flower, Sanath Jayasurya, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Michael Clarke himself are to name a very few who came to India in the middle of a lean patch and returned having a purple patch.