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Great power ambitions in ashes


Sam Roggeveen


24 August 2009 14:49

Here at the Lowy Institute, we routinely recommend policy changes on pressing international issues that are of defining importance to Australia's national interests and international reputation. So in that spirit, allow me to suggest that Michael Clarke should really be batting at no.4. That won't undo the national humiliation we've just endured, of course, but it is one small step toward a brighter future.

Apparently, Australia is now about to suffer the indignity of dropping to fourth in the world test cricket rankings. Talk about the decline of a global power.

What's really galling about the loss is that the Ashes (for readers from non-cricket-playing countries, it's the world's oldest sporting trophy) mean so much less to the Poms than to us. Football has come to completely dominate the English sporting consciousness, whereas here, cricket is our national game. In fact, you might compare the England-Australia cricket relationship to the Australia-New Zealand rugby rivalry. In both cases, the smaller country has a greater passion for the sport and is better at it, while the bigger country has other sports to distract it.

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